Global production - global skills? Critical perspectives on knowledge and regional development

Type: Virtual Paper
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Day: 4/11/2021
Start / End Time: 9:35 AM / 10:50 AM (PDT)
Room: Virtual 23
Organizers: Martina Fuchs, Jana Kleibert
Chairs: Martina Fuchs

Call for Submissions

Introduction: Jana Kleibert
Marc Schulze: Transnational Education for Regional Economic Development? Understanding Governmental Strategies in Singapore and Malaysia
Alice Bobée: Choose France! Containment, Circulation and Postcolonial (Dis)Continuities in Transnational Education
Judith Wiemann: Internationalization of training practices in German multinationals to Mexico, India and China
Johannes Westermeyer: MNC strategies and local knowledge bases: Do foreign subsidiaries exploit local skill formation systems?
Martina Fuchs: Discussant


Description

Education and training are currently experiencing a surge in globalization. Universities set up their campuses abroad; companies and private training providers internationalize their training. This can enrich the local knowledge pool in the target regions. For example, previously unrelated knowledge bases can be recombined there, innovations can be promoted and the social capital can be enriched. The globalization of industry and services promotes such internationalization of skills, partly also foreign and developmental policy. Beyond acting as a provider of human resources to the regional economy, higher education has in many ways become a globalized economic sector in itself. Higher education institutions are economic actors who offer their degrees transnationally and capitalize on the reputational value as ‘international’ or ‘global’ degrees. Governments are often keen to attract foreign education providers to broaden the offer of education and training available locally.
The globalization of education and training, however, provides to be difficult, since they are embedded within very particular skill formation systems that are locally anchored through informal and formal institutions and socio-cultural patterns. The global-local nexus brings about tensions and requires various adaptation processes, interaction and cooperation.
We would appreciate empirical and/or theoretical contributions focusing on:
- the dynamics of skill transfer in education/training
- the motivations and strategies of actors to internationalise education/training
- the role of institutions and the state for importing/exporting education/training
- tensions of globalized education/training and locally situated knowledges
- impacts on regional labour markets and local knowledge pools
- implications for regional economic development


Agenda

Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Johannes Westermeyer*, University of Cologne, Department of Economic and Social Geography, Martina Fuchs, University of Cologne, Department of Economic and Social Geography, MNC strategies and local knowledge bases: Do foreign subsidiaries exploit local skill formation systems? 15 9:35 AM
Presenter Marc Schulze*, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Transnational Education for Regional Economic Development? Understanding Governmental Strategies in Singapore and Malaysia 15 9:50 AM
Presenter Alice Bobée*, Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space, Choose France! Containment, Circulation and Postcolonial (Dis)Continuities in Transnational Education 15 10:05 AM
Presenter Judith Wiemann*, , Internationalization of training practices in German multinationals to Mexico, India, and China 15 10:20 AM
Discussant Martina Fuchs University of Cologne, Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences 15 10:35 AM

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