Global aspirations and local talent: the development of creative higher education in Singapore

Roberta Comunian*, Can Seng Ooi

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This paper explores higher education development and policy shifts in Singapore over the last decade, within a landscape of an increasingly globalised creative economy and international cultural policy transfer. Using qualitative interviews with key players in policy and higher education institutions, the paper aims to explain the push and pull factors behind investment in creative higher education. It considers the emerging dynamics and diverse patterns, embedded in a society where higher education interactions with economic development have a long history and pragmatic rationale. While still in the early days of these investments, the paper argues that there are some global policy lessons to be learnt from the case of Singapore and the role that higher education can play in developing a creative economy, while striving to overcome issues of over-supply and innate vulnerability of creative careers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)58-79
JournalInternational journal of cultural policy
Issue number1
Early online date8 Nov 2015
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • creative careers
  • creative economy
  • creative policies
  • higher education
  • Singapore


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