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Title: Creating the picture(s) of the world-class university in Taiwan : a Foucauldian analysis
Author: Tang, Barry Chia Wei
ISNI:       0000 0004 5919 0996
Awarding Body: University of Bristol
Current Institution: University of Bristol
Date of Award: 2015
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The Taiwan Ministry of Education put forth the Plan to Develop First-class Universities in 2005 with the aim to improve selected universities' worldwide academic competitiveness and ranking performance with the introduction of competitive funding and a periodic review process. In this context, this study aimed to investigate the impact of this policy on institutional management and academics ' practices as well as how academics have reacted to it. As for the research design of the study, in order to gai n an in-depth perspective into my research questions and also to generate appropriate data for a Foucauldian analysis, I adopted a qualitative single embedded case study design. Qualitative interviews, official policy documents, public media, website resources, and relevant documents were the main sources of my empirical data. Interview data were collected in summer and fall 2012 from 20 interviewees, including 2 Taiwan Ministry of Education officials, 3 university managers, 3 department heads, and 12 academics from three departments. To help myself critically engage with these Issues, decided to apply Foucault's conceptual ideas including power/knowledge/discourse, disciplinary power and governmentality as an analytical toolkit within my research. This study concluded that the PDFU and WCU rankings do have their impact on institutional and department management as well as academics' work; however, this should be understood in a broader, complex power network in which their effects are mediated by varied factors, including institutional and departmental management, discipline groups' cultures, academics ' individual differences and perhaps other higher education stakeholders like students, parents and the general public. The main contribution of this study was to provide a comprehensive, in-depth examination of the effect of PDFU at national, institutional and departmental and to produce a critical reflexivity of the PDFU rationale, legitimacy and its real impact on academic work and management.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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