Saturday, February 11, 2017

Aid as Transnational Social Capital: Korea's Official Development Assistance in Higher Education

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Friday, February 10, 2017
12:00 pm
Encina Hall, 3rd Floor - Philippines Conference Room Map
Sponsored by:
Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center

Rennie Moon explores a new framework for higher education official development assistance (ODA) with a focus on the transnational bridging benefits of social capital. She first explains why and how a transnational social capital approach can improve the current focus on human resources and local bridges in higher education development. She then illustrates its merits by examining, 1) the transnational bridging potential of social capital formed by foreign students currently studying in Korea; and 2) the actual transnational social capital contributions of foreign professionals who returned home after completing a Korean higher education ODA program. In doing so, she directs particular attention to the value of transnational social capital in promoting development cooperation and public diplomacy. She concludes by discussing how this approach has conceptual importance and practical implications for development cooperation in higher education. ...

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