Anatoly Oleksiyenko

Anatoly Oleksiyenko
The Education University of Hong Kong | ied · Dept. of International Education/Faculty of Education and Human Development

PhD

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Introduction
I am currently doing research on intellectual leadership in post-totalitarian systems of higher education, as well as examining tensions between institutional and human agencies in global higher education. The recent war in Ukraine has also urged me to rethink the role of critical thinking in academic practice and discourse, especially in social sciences and humanities.
Additional affiliations
June 2015 - August 2022
The University of Hong Kong
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
August 2009 - June 2015
The University of Hong Kong
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
September 2001 - June 2009
University of Toronto
Position
  • Researcher
Education
September 2001 - June 2008
University of Toronto
Field of study
  • Higher Education Theory and Policy Studies

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Publications (70)
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This presentation examines the challenges in reinventing the concepts and practices of intellectual leadership in post-Soviet higher education. The author elaborates on the key dilemmas facing researchers in this area of study, as well as suggests a range of theoretical orientations that evolve from the early-phase findings in the investigated doma...
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Campus crisis management remains an understudied topic in the context of COVID‐affected higher education. In this paper, we contrasted the ability to tame the wicked problems brought by the pandemic of COVID‐19 in private and public universities in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Colombia, India, Kazakhstan, Uganda, and Ukraine. The cross‐country analysis an...
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This editorial presents the special issue on challenges of academic freedom in Europe, predominantly in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). The volume provides a novel empirical stream of research, urging scholars to face the emerging discourse and problems of academic freedom in the contemporary higher education systems that were largely overlooked...
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This paper draws attention to key conundrums facing researchers of comparative and international higher education in the age of post-truth and resurgent authoritarianism. The analysis focuses on three salient concerns: world class-universities and academic freedom; power brokerage in the internationalisation of higher education; and challenges of i...
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This paper examines the agency of international students in the context of university transformations in post-Soviet Ukraine. Conflict-driven political, social and economic changes in the country have laid the groundwork for the redesign of institutional policies related to the internationalization of Ukraine’s higher education. However, it is not...
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en This paper conceptualizes intellectual dissent as a galvanizer of academic freedom in a post-totalitarian academia that is moving toward democratization. Drawing on the case of Ukraine, the analytical narrative describes difficulties in overcoming legacies in universities emerging from repressive rule that discouraged creativity, initiative, and...
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Regional innovation is increasingly dependent on learning from modernization-driven jurisdictions (Caniëls and van den Bosch, Pap Reg Sci 90:271–285, 2011; Schulte, Nordic J Stud Educ Policy:1–13, 2018), and the Province of Guangdong, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, and Macau Special Administrative Region of China in various ways succeeded...
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A major cluster of economic engines that have changed Asian higher education, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan have all developed high-income societies as well as world-class universities which linked local “knowledge economies” to global science and created hubs for international collaborations and mobility. However, there has been li...
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en This paper explores integrity dilemmas experienced by Russian academics in the context of building a world‐class university. Interviews with professors and managers of major research universities in Moscow provide critical insights into the organisational and attitudinal incongruities generated by a coercive state—a challenge that Russia has bee...
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The scholars of the future may be bemused by the academic tribulations caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. How will temporal distance affect their understanding of this extraordinary time? What records will be available to them in the next decades and centuries, and how will they extract meaning from qualitative research of the past? Analysis of perso...
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The concept of a ‘displaced academic’, which previously appeared in the analysis of the WWII-related forced migration from the Nazi-occupied Europe, has resurfaced in Ukraine’s higher education after Russia’s annexation of Crimea and invasion of the Donbas in 2014. We re-examine the relevance and interpretations of this concept in embattled Ukraine...
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The legacy of totalitarianism thwarts discourse and practice of academic freedom in post-Soviet universities. For legacy-holders, “academic freedom” causes disorientation, irresponsibility, demoralization and inequity. They see more threats than benefits from empowering decision-makers who are non-compliant with local bureaucracy. For innovators, f...
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With increasing influence of illiberalism, freedom should not be considered or interpreted lightly. Post-truth contexts provide grounds for alt-right movements to capture and pervert notions of freedom of speech, making universities battlefields of politicised emotions and expressions (Peters et al., 2019 Peters, M. A., Rider, S., Hyvonen, M., & Be...
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Executive training programs, continuing education units and academic non-governmental organizations proliferated on the Glonacal U campuses as the Government of Dreamland withdrew financial support. While being on the periphery of university decision-making, these new formations did play a major role in the conceptualization of Glonacal U’s outreac...
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In spring 2004, the senior executive team of Glonacal U decided that the university had to become more proactive in organizing its human and financial resources to enhance global engagement and competitiveness. Glonacal U had been known throughout Dreamland for its research scale and intensity. However, after the government announced that Dreamland...
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The deans of Medicine, Education, Arts and Science, Engineering, and the principal of the Outskirts College, who participated in the Task Force meetings, each brought to the table a distinct set of interests, commitments and concerns. While the university-wide strategy made sense to them to some extent, it also failed to resonate in equal measure w...
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Worldwide, major research universities (MRUs) became pace-setters for national and global science and graduate education (Altbach & Balan, 2007). These universities have a significant degree of institutional autonomy and academic freedom in order to compete for ideas, faculty members and top students internationally, as well as nationally (Altbach,...
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In view of the barriers created by institutional inflexibilities and cumbersome management, a research university professor may wonder why it may be worthwhile to take on extra risk and span the boundaries of geopolitics, agendas, and bureaucracies on behalf of the entire institution, when academic communities primarily recognize and measure the va...
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As complex and decentralization-oriented organizations, research universities find it increasingly difficult to handle the competing agendas and linkages shaped by global, national and local forces. Glonacality, as a conflicting mix of human and institutional agencies generating these forces (see Marginson & Rhoades, 2002), has become a power in it...
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National flagship universities are increasingly entangled in tensions between local and global demands. Governments and industries urge universities to become globally competitive and advance the frontiers of global science, at the same time as facilitating innovation and the competitiveness of local manufacturers (Begg, 2005; Hazelkorn, 2015; Hort...
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Sitting in the president’s office, one of his senior advisors argued that it was time for the executive team to undertake institutional research in order to understand whether there was any need for centralized involvement in Glonacal U’s internationalization and strategic partnership planning. Should there be such a need, in which particular areas...
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The academic profession in Cambodia has been under growing pressure to pursue excellence in higher education. Nonetheless, various interpretations of what constitutes excellence persist across the public and private sectors, as lecturers follow disparate goals in teaching and research at various jobs and institutions. For many, the diversity of per...
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The academic profession in Cambodia has been under growing pressure to pursue excellence in higher education. Nonetheless, various interpretations of what constitutes excellence persist across the public and private sectors, as lecturers follow disparate goals in teaching and research at various jobs and institutions. For many, the diversity of per...
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One of the obvious drawbacks to academic reforms in Ukraine has been the lack of systematic research on governance practices and challenges in higher education. The deficiency of empirical data on governance processes is unsurprising in the context of Soviet legacy. Indeed, many Soviet-style universities lack the tradition and experience of doing r...
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This paper examines contested meanings of international student mobility in Hong Kong and Taiwan. The study tries to understand why policy makers and university managers find it difficult to diversify student bodies in these jurisdictions. In particular, problems with the conceptualisation of international student mobility are discussed. In practic...
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This paper re‐examines intellectual leadership in Higher Education by asking the following questions: What is intellectual leadership? Does intellectual leadership imply a position of formal authority and power? What patterns can be observed in the career paths of intellectual leaders? Does cumulative advantage in science automatically pave the way...
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This book explains why conflict between the institutional and human agencies is an unavoidable outcome of competing local, national and global agendas at a major research university. It illustrates this by means of a case-study of Glonacal U, a university which belongs to the category of exceptional institutions that excel due to an established org...
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Human agency is increasingly vulnerable in systems of higher education that have fully absorbed neoliberal philosophy and practice. Focused on institutional profit, competitive policy makers and professors in such systems often lose sight of the fragility and value of human well-being (Keashly & Neuman, 2010; Lynch, 2010; Olive & Cangemi, 2015). Fa...
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This presentation shares preliminary findings from the project exploring the validity of a cumulative (dis)advantage theory (Merton 1968,1988; Oleksiyenko and Sa 2010) in post-Soviet higher education systems. The focus of the discussion is on challenges of Georgian and Ukrainian academic innovators who mitigate systemic and institutional legacies i...
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This book examines learning-mobility tensions and ties caused by convergences and divergences of social, organizational and cognitive forces in global higher education. As some of these forces generate status anxiety, and others enhanced self-worth, this volume asks the questions: How can students navigate treacherous education markets to reduce th...
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Worldwide, markets challenge academics to keep their professional competency constantly improving. While in some countries governments, universities and individual scholars synergize their efforts to improve conditions for professional development, in others the stakeholders act in a chaotic and uncommitted manner. This paper examines the efforts o...
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This book investigates how the political underpinnings of global power shifts, caused by hierarchically concerned knowledge makers, have evolved on the post-Soviet periphery of higher education and have been anxious to move to the top of the global knowledge hierarchy. This volume engages distant and recent histories of two global superpowers – the...
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Worldwide, academic ecosystems suffer from the industrialization of creative work and evaluative hegemony. Managerial obsession with growth has corroded collegiality, breeding mistrust, anxiety and burnout – negatively impacting the physical and mental health of faculty members. Concerned with benchmarking, audits and competitive self-assessment, a...
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In Asia and beyond, champion-universities seek out talents that break scientific and organizational boundaries, creating openings for new ideas and designs (Chung and Evans 2013; Chen and Chen 2013; Erasmus et al. 2015; Hu et al. 2015). Both academics and administrators are expected to be not only frontline connectors of interdisciplinary cross-ins...
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The awakening of the civil society in Ukraine has called national universities to play a major role in social and economic transformations aimed at eliminating post-colonial legacies and accelerating the country’s European integration. However, the higher education system of Ukraine used to be on periphery of “knowledge empires” (Altbach PG, Empire...
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Hong Kong’s case illustrates how university and college admission policies and practices are streamlined to balance the jurisdiction’s aspirations for greater regional and global competitiveness, and public demand for more equitable access to higher education.The case is informed by document analysis and participant observation of admission policie...
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This study conceptualizes the internationalization of higher education as a legacy-bound response driven by geopolitical, cultural and economic dependencies. It examines the Russian case, and considers how Russian academics deal with complex sets of dependencies and rivalries, while sorting European, Asian and Soviet drivers in university positioni...
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Disadvantaged students increasingly confront ruthless competition for higher education degrees, while losing out on opportunities for social mobility. Some of Hong Kong’s low-income households defy the trend: families take on risk, including considerable debt, to send their offspring abroad, rather than test their chances at home by dealing with co...
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Chinese and Russian universities are increasingly drawn into center-periphery repositioning, as they compete for symbolic, financial, and intellectual resources locally and globally. However, their strategies on national and institutional linkages differ with regards to the individual scientist’s powers in knowledge production. As global hierarchie...
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Mixed data analysis from 14 national research universities in Ukraine provides insights into the challenges faced by higher education reformers, as they push academic science to a higher position in the emerging knowledge economy, but are halted by deeply entrenched economic and political legacies. This paper examines competing forces that entangle...
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Universities traverse epistemic, sectoral and geopolitical boundaries with increasing frequency, but along the way encounter challenges in mitigating unequal capacities, soaring costs and proprietary concerns. The bridging of disparate stakeholder interests requires an enormous effort, as research policies, institutional norms and organizational cu...
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This discussion paper explores the challenges of universities embarking on building science-policy interfaces to increase the salience of public knowledge in times of global crisis. How can universities and their stakeholder communities create effective boundary spanners for prompt inquiry and response to emergencies when there is insufficient data...
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This paper examines how opportunity structures for learning, income, and status emerge in a global space shaped by local stakeholders aspiring for strategic positions in international competition. The case-study of Hong Kong suggests that moving up the pyramid of college and university degrees provides opportunities for higher income and reduces tu...
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Cross-border academic collaborations in conflict zones are vulnerable to escalated turbulence, liability concerns and flagging support. Multi-level stakeholder engagement at home and abroad is essential for securing the political and financial sustainability of such collaborations. This study examines the multilayered stakeholder arrangements withi...
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International student mobility has emerged as a key source of societal and educational transformations in the booming economies of East Asia. International competencies are increasingly valued by employees and employers alike. Given the uneven distribution of international student flows, and the inequitable levels of benefit that they bring to vari...
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Organized research units—also known as centers, institutes, and laboratories—are increasingly prominent in the university. This paper examines how ORUs emerge to promote global agendas and international collaborations in an academic health center in North America. The roles these units play in helping researchers work across institutional and natio...
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To date, much of the research on internationalization and globalization of higher education has focused on the institution or higher education system as the unit of analysis. Institution based studies have focused on the analysis of institutional practices and policies designed to further internationalization. System-level studies focus on state po...
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Global health is becoming an important area of inquiry and learning in North American research universities, stemming from on-going and new commitments to the field by multiple governmental and non-governmental agents. External demands for research and education in global health require enhanced inter-disciplinary, inter-sectoral and international...

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