Anthony Welch


Anthony Welch is Professor of Education, at the Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney. A policy specialist, his numerous publications include studies of reforms and policy issues within Australia, Asia, and elsewhere, as well as making theoretical contributions in the field.

He holds an MA, and PhD from the University of London, has lectured in many parts of the world, and has authored or edited more than ten books. His work has been translated into numerous European and Asian languages. Professor Welch has consulted to international agencies such as UNDP, the Commonwealth of Learning and the Asian Development Bank (ADB), governments in Australia, Asia, as well as within Europe, and to US Foundations and institutions; he has project experience in several parts of Asia, notably China and South East Asia, particularly regarding higher education reforms.

A Fulbright New Century Scholar, for 2007-8 (Theme: Access and Equity in Higher Education), and DAAD Scholar, he has been a Visiting Professor in the USA, UK, Germany, France, Japan, Hong Kong and Malaysia. In 2008, he delivered the Joseph Lauwerys Lecture, at the Comparative Education Society of Europe (CESE), in Athens. He led an Australian Research Council Grant for a project on the Chinese Knowledge Diaspora, and his Consultancy roles include the major Asian Development Bank (ADB) project, Higher Education in Dynamic Asia, and Higher Education Consultant (ADB) for the Comprehensive Education Sector Review (CESR), Myanmar, 2012-13. He has contributed to the high-level policy symposium, Beijing Forum, and holds the title of Professor and PhD Supervisor at a major Chinese university. In 2015 he was selected as Haiwai Mingshi (Distinguished Foreign Scholar) by China’s national agency SAFEA (State Administration of Foreign Expert Affairs).

Keynote Presentation (2018) | Innovation, Entrepreneurship and the Shift to the East

Selected Recent Books

Welch, A., (Ed.). (2005) The Professoriate: Profile of a Profession. Springer.
Welch, A., et al. (2017). Education, Change and Society, (4th revised edition). Oxford.
Jarvis, D. and Welch, A., (Eds.). (2011). ASEAN Industries and the Challenge from China. London, Palgrave. (In Press).
Welch, A., (2011). Higher Education in South East Asia. Blurring Borders, Changing Balance. Public and Private. London, Routledge.
Counting the Cost. Higher Education for Inclusive Growth in Asia. Manila ADB.

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