USC Rossier scholar receives Hong Kong University fellowship
University Professor and Wilbur-Kieffer Professor of Higher Education William Tierney has been awarded a visiting fellowship at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) to contribute to the development of its international education policy studies. He will also lend his expertise to the creation of an Institute of Higher Education Studies at the university.
The appointment of Tierney, a member of the USC Rossier School of Education, is expected to enhance the university’s impact on education policy at a time when Hong Kong and the region are grappling with issues of access, privatization, learning quality and research capacity in higher education.
He is the second scholar in education to receive the fellowship, which has been in place for four years. Previous awardees have hailed from the Max Planck Institute in Germany, the London School of Economics, Harvard Medical School, Princeton University, Yale University and the University of Sydney.
In a series of monthlong visits to HKU beginning next year, Tierney will advise on building capacity of the university’s higher education policy studies, and he’ll contribute to plans for the new Summer Institute for Leadership in Asian Higher Education. He will conduct a series of lectures, consult on research proposals and help the university expand its role in the United States and around the world.
“This appointment is internationally significant and a testament to Bill Tierney’s reputation as a preeminent higher education scholar around the world,” said USC Rossier Dean Karen Symms Gallagher. “His contributions will undoubtedly move HKU forward.”
Co-director of the USC Pullias Center for Higher Education at USC Rossier, Tierney is past president of the American Educational Research Association, the largest education research association in the world, and past president of the Association for the Study of Higher Education.
Tierney has led a number of studies and authored numerous books in a variety of areas, including the impact of globalization, the role of for-profit colleges and universities, and organizational change in higher education — all areas that now impact the Asia Pacific. He has also co-authored several books that analyze the changing nature of higher education in the Asia Pacific in light of globalization and marketization, challenges in quality assurance and university rankings.
On Nov. 5 in Shanghai, Tierney will deliver a plenary address on the subject of privatization at the Conference on World Class Universities. Hosted by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, the conference is expected to draw researchers, policy analysts and university presidents from around the world.