Global Higher Education

C-BERT Affiliates

Kathryn S. Schiller, Ph.D., is Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Administration and Policy Studies. She also holds affiliate faculty appointments in the Department of Sociology and the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, and is an associate of the Center for Social and Demographic Analysis. In addition to sociology of education, she teaches a wide variety of applied research methods and quantitative data analysis courses for both researchers and educational practitioners.

Dr. Schiller has experience developing and analyzing complex, multi-component data sets as co-principal investigator on two national multi-institution projects, one funded by the National Institutes of Health and the other by the U.S. Department of Education. A sociologist trained at the University of Chicago, her research explores the role of schooling in the development of human capital with a particular focus on how organizational structures and social networks shape individuals’ developmental trajectories and program effectiveness.

 

Mitch Leventhal is professor of professional practice & entrepreneurship at the University at Albany School of Education. Prior to his current appointment, Leventhal served as vice chancellor for global affairs at the State University of New York (SUNY) system administration. An international leader in the area of global higher education management, Dr. Leventhal has served on the board of directors of SUNY’s Songdo, South Korea branch campus, has consulted with Monash University regarding branch campus operations in South Africa and Malaysia, and has undertaken branch campus feasibility studies for foreign universities considering establishment in the United States.

Dr. Leventhal’s interest in international branch campuses extends back to his doctoral research at the University of Chicago, where he focused on the development of for-profit medical schools in the Caribbean. Dr. Leventhal has formerly served as senior advisor on academic affairs to the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), as executive board member of the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA), and is a co-founder and past president of the American International Recruitment Council (AIRC). He has also served as vice provost for international affairs at the University of Cincinnati.

 

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Yung-chi Hou (Angela) is Professor of higher education and serves as Dean of Office of the International Office of Fu Jen Catholic University, General Secretary of UMAP, Taiwan, the Vice President of APQN, and HEEACT research fellow. Currently, she also serves as Editor-in-Chief of HEED Journal jointly published by the Higher Education Evaluation & Accreditation Council of Taiwan (HEEACT) and the Asian Pacific Quality Network (APQN) and as Associate Editor of the Journal of Asian Pacific Educational Review. She specializes in higher education policy, quality management, internationalization, faculty development, and quality assurance of cross border higher education. She has been conducting several QA research projects for universities and the government over the past decade.

Over the past 5 years, she has been in charge of international affairs of Fu Jen and engaged in many international activities of quality assurance of higher education. She has been invited to CHEA, SEEI, IREG, HKCAAVQ, HEEC, AACCUP, PACUCOA, NAAC, British Council, INQAAHE, APEC, ENQA, and APQN to present her studies and to share Taiwanese higher education as well. Up to the present, she has published more than 120 Chinese and English papers, articles, book chapters and reports in the areas of higher education evaluation and rankings in local and international referred journals.

 

Sheng-Ju Chan is Professor in the Graduate Institute of Education and Chief Executive Officer of the International Master Program in Educational Leadership and Management Development at the National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan. His areas of special interest are higher education policy, comparative education and higher education management. He is author of over a dozen publications in Chinese and English, and also a policy advisor to the Ministry of Education in Taiwan for higher education.

His recent articles focused on cross-border education, internationalization and student mobility in Asia and were published in well-known journals such as the Asia Pacific Journal of Education, Higher Education Policy and the Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management. Specialising in education in East Asia, Dr. Chan is the associate editor of the international journal, Asian Education and Development Studies published by Emerald. He is also the co-editor of a book series, Higher Education in Asia, supported by Springer. Having been heavily involved with comparative education studies and community, he has been the Secretary-General of the Chinese Taipei Comparative Education Society in Taiwan and received the Society’s research award in 2011.

 

Yunyu Shi was the Chinese visiting scholar at the University at Albany from the year 2013 to 2014. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts (Nanjing University of Science and Technology, China) and a Master’s Degree in English Linguistics (Nanjing Normal University, China). After she finished her graduate work, she entered the Jiangsu Provincial Department of Education and has been engaged in educational cooperation and exchange for 10 years. China is becoming an enormous cross-border education market, in which Jiangsu Province is one of the most attractive and inviting. She participated in writing a number of important files, documents and reports of Jiangsu Province concerning international education.

Her research interest is cross-border education policy making and international branch campus establishment and administration. As an officer who might have more understanding of Chinese cross-border education, she is interested in making a deep comparison of cross-border education ideas and measures between China and foreign countries, and to provide Chinese government and HEIs with valuable suggestions to improve and perfect the related policy and practice.