Putting the post in post-colonial: Turning a critical lens on a transnational medical education partnership
Bourdieu (1984) contends that tertiary education cannot be studied in isolation, but rather must be examined within a broader social sphere. This point is all the more pertinent in an era of globalisation when an increasing number of academic institutions are transplanting their academic programmes to foreign environments. Questions pertaining to the universality of pedagogical models must be raised: we cannot assume that practices and institutions originating in one context can be “lifted and shifted” seamlessly elsewhere.
This qualitative PhD will use a case study approach to examine a transnational medical school partnership. The overarching objective is to extend knowledge in respect of the globalisation of medical education, and to explore the tensions and new forms of knowledge that arise in global models of medical education.
The supervisory team are drawn from LKCMedicine, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (Professor Jennifer Cleland) and the SHE, Maastricht University, The Netherlands (Professor Erik Driessen and A/P Janneke Frambach).
This is a great opportunity to work with experienced PhD supervisors and some of the best medical education researchers globally.
Location and funding:
The PhD is fully funded.
The student would be based in Singapore but would have up to 18 months overseas experience for data collection in London and to experience another community of research practice at Maastricht University, the Netherlands.
Keywords: Case study, qualitative methods, medical education, critical theory
For further information please contact a member of the Supervisory team, Professor Jennifer Cleland (NTU, Singapore), Professor Erik Driessen and A/P Janneke Frambach (Maastricht University, The Netherlands) or for enquiries, e-mail to gradprog_LKCMedicine@ntu.edu.sg.