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Education Crossing Borders book release
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Education Crossing Borders book release

Hult Associate Dean Dara Fisher is releasing a new book next month⁠—Education Crossing Borders: How Singapore and MIT Created a New University. The book provides an insight into the ten-year partnership between MIT and Singapore’s Education Ministry, which shows cross-border collaboration in higher education in action. To get a better insight into the new release, we caught up with Dara.

Hi Dara. Tell us a bit about your new book.

The book examines how culture, politics, economics, and individual leadership shape cross-border collaborations in the field of higher education using an MIT-Singaporean partnership as a case study. Despite the prevalence of cross-border higher education initiatives, there is little understanding of how these partnerships work. This book fills the gap, offering an in-depth ethnographic case study that draws on organizational behavior literature for theoretical support.


Who should read it?

Although the primary audience is for those who work in the field of international education, the case study would also be relevant to any business operating in an international capacity, as many of the same factors would also influence how businesses could effectively expand and operate across international borders.

Fisher’s book chronicles a bold experiment in which MIT partnered with the Singapore Ministry of Education to establish a new university. It offers valuable lessons about the prospects and perils of cross-border collaborations.

– Jason Tan, Associate Professor in Policy, Curriculum & Leadership at the National Institute of Education, Singapore


Can you tell us a bit more about your role at Hult?

I’m an Associate Dean on the Boston campus, where I manage the postgraduate programs in international marketing and finance.  Next year I will be the program dean for the finance and business analytics programs here (both first year and dual degree).

Order a copy of Dara’s book here.


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