Autumn’s most exciting news has been Springer’s publication of our book, International scholarships in higher education: Pathways to social change, in hardback and e-book.
The finished manuscript is the culmination of an enormous effort by 22 colleagues based all around the world. For the editors – Joan Dassin, Robin Marsh, and me – working on the text has been a stimulating experience and we have each made a multitude of connections with other researchers and specialists. The development of a rich network of connections between authors is one of the less visible impacts of working on a book project but can be one of the most profound: already collegiate relationships catalysed by participation in our edited text have generated new research collaborations and professional exchange.
Part of the publishing process is to seek some reviewers who will offer a few lines of feedback on the book. The colleagues we approached – professionals from diverse backgrounds and geographical locations – were very complimentary in their reviews and we owe the a debt of gratitude for their kind words. Some are reproduced on Springer’s website, but I wanted to share them here for posterity:
“This captivating publication provides insightful details on how international scholarship programs offer an array of pathways for social change through personal empowerment, social mobility and global understanding. Imaginatively crafted with inputs by authors with diverse backgrounds and expertise, the book convincingly establishes the changing social function of international scholarships and stimulates future debates on the subject.”
Professor Rwekaza S. Mukandala, Vice Chancellor, University of Dar es Salaam
“Pathways for Social Change powerfully demonstrates the many ways scholarship programs can have impact beyond individual scholars. Well-designed scholarships help cultivate untapped talent, and ameliorate the inequality that too often thrives both in higher education institutions and in countries around the world. The authors masterfully weave together academic research and case studies of innovative scholarship programs proven to create global leaders, reverse so-called brain drain, and improve society.”
Hilary Pennington, Vice President, Education, Creativity and Free Expression, The Ford Foundation
“Higher education is one of the most powerful drivers for a country’s innovation power. Scholarship programs unlock pathways to social change and innovative approaches to issues of common concern. Study abroad experiences change lives and open new, and unexpected, horizons; this book shows how.”
Hilligje Van’t Land, Secretary General, International Association of Universities
“Scholarships are crucial in building human capital and particularly in developing countries. The publication provides a perspective on a subject that needs additional attention especially at a time when support for scholarships are being questioned in many capitals. This publication goes a long way in demonstrating the utility and value of scholarships. It is valuable reading for those in the education sector but also for development practitioners and policy makers.”
Deodat Maharaj, Former Deputy Secretary General (Economic and Social Development), The Commonwealth
“This widely ranging and clearly written volume is an important work of synthesis and analysis and a valuable guide to innovative scholarship programs and their role in transforming society. It’s a must read for academics, practitioners, and investors interested in higher education global mobility and social change.”
Joyce Lewinger Moock, Philanthropy consultant and former Associate Vice President, the Rockefeller Foundation
“This very timely book provides an outstanding analyses of the contribution of international scholarship programs in higher education to social change. It will become a major resource for understanding and enhancing the role of higher education in inclusive development.”
Jürgen Enders, Professor of Higher Education Management, University of Bath