Special Issue’s Proposal submitting to Policy Futures in Education: Internationalization of Higher Education in Dynamic Asia


Guest Editors:

- Prof. Ly Tran, Deakin University, [email protected]

- Assoc. Prof. Tien-Trung Nguyen, VNU University of Education, [email protected]

- Dr. Hiep-Hung Pham, Phu Xuan University, [email protected]

Call for papers:


In the recent decades, we have witnessed a growing trend of internationalization of higher education (IoHE) across the world. In Asia, in particular, the IoHE is in line with the growing dynamic of the socio-economy of the region. IoHE in Asia might be observed from different levels (i.e., regional, national, local and institutional) and different aspects (i.e., curriculum, teaching and learning, student and/or faculty mobilities, research, ranking). IoHE, indeed, has stemmed from various motivations from different actors, including policy makers, institutional leaders, academics and practitioners, students, parents, industry partners and communities. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, IoHE in Asian countries was often regarded as less developed than their counterparts from the Western world. Nevertheless, the COVID-19 outbreak has opened opportunities for Asian countries and institutions to explore and introduce innovative internationalised and transnational programs, capitalizing on digital technologies, new models of international collaborations and changing demands for international education in Asia. In addition, IoHE has become more vulnerable to not only bi-lateral collaborations but also regional and global shifts in international relations. Taking into account these contextual factors, the “Internationalization of Higher Education in Dynamic Asia” (IoHE-DA) Special Issue provides a forum to discuss critical issues, new developments and emerging trends and models in IoHE in Asia.

Potential topics of interests:

Topics of discussion include, but not limited to:

  • Regional, national, and institutional policies, strategies and trends in IoHE in Asia
  • Inbound and outbound student mobilities in Asia
  • Internationalization of teaching, learning and curriculum of HE in Asia
  • Transnational education programs and models in Asia
  • Internationalization of research and transnational research collaboration in Asia
  • Regional collaborations and identity in IoHE in Asia
  • Impacts of changing geopolitics on IoHE in Asia
  • Digitalization of international education in Asia
  • IoHE in Asia and sustainable development
  • IoHE in Asia during and post COVID-19


  • December 31, 2022: submission of an abstract of up to 250 words and a short author bio note (sent to journal’s special issue guest editor Hiep-Hung Pham, [email protected])
  • February 28, 2023: journal’s guest editor feedback to the abstracts submitted for the special issue
  • April 30, 2023: paper submission at https://journals.sagepub.com/home/pfe
  • 2023-2024: publication of the journal special issue

Names, bios and experiences of Guest Editors

Prof. Ly Tran has been an editor for a range of special issues and edited collections, including the latest SI of Higher Education Research Development on the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on HE, the latest SI of Transitions on the international student experience in New Zealand and an award-winning edited collection (see details below). Tran has a strong track record of publishing high quality research that has attracted a significant number of readers in Australia, Asia and internationally. She is the author of Deakin most-read article on the Conversation in the past year. Her article international graduates during COVID-19 has reached over 210,000 readers since its publication in April 2020. Another article that she co-authored on the Conversation, entitled “The coronavirus outbreak is the biggest crisis ever to hit international education”, has been re-published by more than 30 media outlets.

Her publications have also won a number of recognitions and awards:

  • 2020, an article on Australian student mobility to Asia among the among the top most read articles in 2018-2019 for Higher Education Quarterly
  • 2019, Honorary place in the 2019 Best Book Award category for in the CIES (Comparative International Education Society) Study Abroad & International Students SIG, for the edited collection, entitled International Student Connectedness and Identity: Transnational Perspectives
  • 2019, Highly Commended Award in the 2019 Emerald Literati Awards
  • International Education Association of Australia’s Excellence Award for Innovation/Best Practice in International Education for a book on innovative pedagogies for teaching international students
  • The book International Student Connectedness and Identity: Transnational Perspectives was among the top 10 most downloaded books in the Education category for Springer 2017-2019
  • Top 3 most cited and most read article in Journal of Studies in International Education over 6 months Jan-July 2020

Her articles on international higher education has been featured in more than 100 Australian and international media outlets, including ABC News TV, ABC News Radio, ABC Radio’s National Interest, ABC Pacific Beat, SBS (across different languages including Vietnamese, Mandarin, and Nepali), the Australian, the Australian Financial Review, Times Higher Education, the Conversation, University World News, Xinhua, China Daily, East Asia Forum, Campus Review, Campus Morning Mail and Geelong Advertiser. Since 2019, her work has featured on more than 100 media outlets in Vietnam, Asia, the UK and Australia. This demonstrates the significant national and cross-national outreach and impacts of her publications. Tran is also active in sharing insights from her work and publications on other channels such as LinkedIn, Twitter, ResearchGate, Academia, and professional websites. Her posts on LinkedIn and tweets about her work and publications have engaged a considerable number of readers. For example, a tweet and a LinkedIn post sharing insights about her work in international education in January 2020 attracted 26,059 impressions and 24,977 views respectively. The editors believe that their continued efforts, commitments, and strategies to share their work with the key stakeholders and broader community will also assist in the promotion of this proposed SI.

Dr. Tien-Trung Nguyen is an Associate Professor at VNU University of Education, Vietnam where he leads a research group, namely “Research Group on Educational Sciences and Policies - ESP”. Dr Tien-Trung also serves as senior editor for the Vietnam Journal of Education, Vietnam’s Ministry of Education and Training. His main research interests consist of mathematics education (Realistic Mathematics Education), STEM education, teacher training, higher education, educational management and policy, and scientific publication. Nguyen has published nearly 40 articles SSCI/ESCI/Scopus-indexed papers and book chapters. He is also a member of the Asian Council of Science Editors; and the Council of Interdisciplinary Science in Psychology and Education (National Foundation for Science and Technology Development - NAFOSTED, Vietnam).

Dr. Hiep-Hung Pham is a senior education researcher and consultant. He is currently director of Center for Research and Practice on Education, Phu Xuan University Vietnam. He also affiliates with several other institutions such as Center for Educational Research and Development EdLab Asia (Director of Research), VNU University of Education (member of Science & Education Committee), Thanh Do University (co-head of Reduvation research group). In 2020, he was appointed as Vietnam Country Director of STAR Scholars, an international forum of scholars that advances global social mobility by using research and advocacy. In 2021, he was appointed as Co-editor, Evaluation Review. Dr. Pham got his PhD in International Business Administration at Chinese Culture University, Taiwan (ROC) in 2017. In 2013, Dr. Pham was Endeavour Research Fellow, conducting research at Center of Studies in Higher Education, The University of Melbourne. Dr. Pham’s topics of research include international education, education reform and research policy. Pham has published 50+ SSCI/ESCI/Scopus-indexed papers and book chapters. Apart from academic activities, Dr. Pham also usually involve in professional and practical exercises in order to promote the development of education such as consultant/resource person (for the Vietnam’s Ministry of Education and Training, Vietnam’s National Assembly, the World Bank, ADB, GAPO, SEAMEO-RIHED and several educational institutions), correspondent (for University World News, the UK), and columnist and commentator (for local and international media outlets). Dr. Pham has won a number of recognitions and awards, including: Outstanding Reviewer, Emerald Award Literati (2021;) Outstanding Faculty for Internationalization Award of CIES Study Abroad & International Students SIG (2022).

Submission guidelines & queries

Submission guidelines for authors are available on the Policy Futures in Education journal homepage https://journals.sagepub.com/home/pfe

Any queries regarding contributions for the special issue are to be sent to the guest editor Hiep-Hung Pham, [email protected])

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