Making space for an international branch campus: Monash University Malaysia

Sidhu, Ravinder and Christie, Pam (2014) Making space for an international branch campus: Monash University Malaysia. Asia Pacific Viewpoint, 55 2: 182-195. doi:10.1111/apv.12052

Author Sidhu, Ravinder
Christie, Pam
Title Making space for an international branch campus: Monash University Malaysia
Journal name Asia Pacific Viewpoint   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1467-8373
Publication date 2014-08-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/apv.12052
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 55
Issue 2
Start page 182
End page 195
Total pages 14
Place of publication Richmond, VIC, Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Abstract This paper presents findings from an empirical study of an international branch campus established through a partnership between a Malaysian property development conglomerate, the Sunway Group, and Monash University, an Australian university known for its global aspirations. Using Lefebvre's concept of social space we analyse the perceived, conceived and lived spaces that constitute the campus of Monash University Malaysia and its urban setting in the township of Bandar Sunway. Dramatically transformed from a disused mining site and showcased as a 'progressive' urban project, the township symbolises the Sunway Group's commercial success and political pragmatism in managing the dynamics of Malaysia's ethnicised political economy. The broader student experience suggests that the configurations of power that shape ethnic and class relations at the scale of the national are reproduced in the composition of the student body, in students' on-campus interactions and in the rhythms of their everyday lives within the township. By attending to the material, symbolic and imaginary dimensions of one international branch campus, we provide a more nuanced and textured understanding of the globalisation of higher education, highlighting different forms of agency exercised by key actors.
Keyword Globalisation of higher education
International branch campus
Postcolonial states
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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