Mobility and desire: international students and Asian regionalism in aspirational Singapore

Collins, Francis L., Sidhu, Ravinder, Lewis, Nick and Yeoh, Brenda S. A. (2014) Mobility and desire: international students and Asian regionalism in aspirational Singapore. Discourse (Abingdon): Studies in the cultural politics of education, 35 5: 661-676. doi:10.1080/01596306.2014.921996

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Author Collins, Francis L.
Sidhu, Ravinder
Lewis, Nick
Yeoh, Brenda S. A.
Title Mobility and desire: international students and Asian regionalism in aspirational Singapore
Journal name Discourse (Abingdon): Studies in the cultural politics of education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0159-6306
1469-3739
Publication date 2014-06-03
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/01596306.2014.921996
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 35
Issue 5
Start page 661
End page 676
Total pages 16
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Subject 3304 Education
3301 Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
3310 Linguistics and Language
Abstract Higher education is playing an important role in Singapore's most recent cycle of modernization: to re-make itself into a global city through the continued accumulation of capital, ‘talent,’ and knowledge. This paper is a critical analysis of the accounts of a group of international students enrolled at the National University of Singapore, a key strategic site in Singapore's bid to reconfigure itself into a knowledge hub. We discuss international student negotiations of Singapore's global city imaginings against a policy context that foregrounds a desire for regional students in the state's imagination and aspiration. In inquiring what political work international education is called upon to do to further Singapore's progressive developmentalism, we open up an analytical space for understanding the global city as both a cosmopolitan metropolis that is continually being refashioned by the desires and aspirations of new student actors, and a place of transit from which students leave having acquired valuable navigational capacities.
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Higher education is playing an important role in Singapore's most recent cycle of modernization: to re-make itself into a global city through the continued accumulation of capital, 'talent,' and knowledge. This paper is a critical analysis of the accounts of a group of international students enrolled at the National University of Singapore, a key strategic site in Singapore's bid to reconfigure itself into a knowledge hub. We discuss international student negotiations of Singapore's global city imaginings against a policy context that foregrounds a desire for regional students in the state's imagination and aspiration. In inquiring what political work international education is called upon to do to further Singapore's progressive developmentalism, we open up an analytical space for understanding the global city as both a cosmopolitan metropolis that is continually being refashioned by the desires and aspirations of new student actors, and a place of transit from which students leave having acquired valuable navigational capacities.
Keyword Difference
Globalization
Global city
Higher education
Internationalization
Transnational mobilities
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