The combined impact and influence of imperialism, colonialism, neo-liberalism and globalisation

By Dr Stephen Whitehead

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Georgios Domouchtsidis


  • The forces of imperialism, colonialism, neo-liberalism and globalisation have been an integral in shaping Vietnamese education.
  • Due to suffering from multiple imperial and colonial powers, Vietnamese education is a complex hybrid of local and international influences.
  • The summarised paper shows how local dimensions blend with internationalisation through outbound academic mobility, institutional mobility, model borrowing, and curriculum importation.

The Thai spell caused me to fall in love with that country.

But the spell which caused me the most personal reflection, and confusion, was the one cast by Vietnam.

If you are a Westerner of a certain age, a person for whom Apocalypse Now is not just a brilliant movie but a potent symbol of a lived era, then it’s impossible to visit Vietnam today without being forced to reappraise one’s understanding of both Western and Asian histories and realities. …

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Sam McGhee on Unsplash

At the start of 2020, international schools were looking down the barrel of a teacher shortage, with schools hiring earlier and earlier and paying more and more.

The demand for teachers in certain regions was almost insatiable.

Today, all that has disappeared. The rules of international school recruitment have changed.

In this informative interview, Diane discusses:

• the new teacher recruitment marketplace;

• the ways in which international schools are responding to the Covid-19 crisis;

• how new and experienced teachers can best protect their career journey;

• what international schools are now looking for when hiring teachers;

• and how the international school landscape looks to be shaping up for 2021.

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Dr Stephen M. Whitehead (views are author’s own)

There is an internationally renowned UK university, positioned high up the global rankings, facing an income shortfall of over £50 million. Not because of financial mismanagement but simply become of Covid-19.

And this university is not alone.

Calculations of the financial position of all UK universities suggest that up to 50% are in ‘immediate danger of insolvency’ with only Oxford and Cambridge truly safe from financial disaster.

But at least UK universities are receiving some verbal support from politicians. Not so across the water, where American universities are facing a US$15 billion hit as Chinese students decide to stay away because of Covid-19, a problem exacerbated by the Trump administration’s apparent determination to stop most any Chinese students entering the country. …


Dr Denry Machin

Educationalist. Writer. Sharing (hopefully wise) words on school leadership and management.

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