Jack Lee, Assistant Professor

Jack Lee, Assistant Professor

Jack completed his Ph.D. in Higher Education with a specialization in comparative and international education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto in Canada. His dissertation investigated the development of education hubs and transnational education in three Asian societies: Malaysia, Singapore, and Hong Kong. He completed his research through a doctoral fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Prior to his doctoral work, Jack worked for nearly 10 years at the Centre for Intercultural Communication at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Canada. In that capacity, he designed and managed intercultural training programs for both local and international students, teaching assistants, faculty members, business executives, and community groups. His interest in international education and adult learning motivated him to complete a master’s degree in Adult Education at UBC and study comparative education at the University of Oslo in Norway as an exchange student for one year. Jack’s research interests focus on the international dimension of higher education. Specifically, his work examines how higher education interfaces with international relations and political economy. Jack has taught courses on comparative education theory and methodology, comparative higher education, intercultural communication, and global citizenship. He has also worked at the UBC Science Centre for Learning and Teaching and the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology in Berlin, Germany.


EDUC 617 Comparative and International Education
EDUC 625 Globalization and Higher Education
EDUC 702 Advanced Methods of Education Research (Qualitative)
EDUC 600 Inquiry Methods

EDUC 651 Thesis Seminar

Awards & Grants

    • Competitive national research grant (2015-18), Ministry of Education and Science, Republic of Kazakhstan. Principal Investigators: Jack Lee and Aliya Kuzhabekova.

    • Best Dissertation Award 2015 – First Place, Comparative and International Education Society’s Higher Education SIG (Special Interest Group).

    • Doctoral Fellowship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

    Selected Publications

    • Kovaleva, L., & Lee, J. T. (in press). Higher education in Kazakhstan. In D.Neubauer, J. Hawkins, M. Lee, and C. Collins (Eds.), Handbook of Asian Higher Education. Palgrave Macmillan.
    • Ruby, A., Kuzhabekova, A., & Lee, J. T. (in press). In P. Altbach, L.Rumbley, and M. Yudkevich (Eds.), Integrating international faculty into the local academic context. The Boston College Center for International HigherEducation and the National Research University Higher School of Economics (Moscow). 

    • Lee, J. T. (2015). Soft power and cultural diplomacy: Emerging education hubs in Asia. Comparative Education, 53(3), 353-374.

    • Lee, J. (2015). Education hubs in Asia: A common facade for uncommon futures. In R. Bhandari & A. Lefébure (Eds.), Asia: The next higher education superpower? New York: Institute of International Education.

    • Lee, J. T. (2015). The regional dimension of education hubs: Leading and brokering geopolitics. Higher Education Policy, 28(1), 69-89.

    • Lee, J. T. (2014). Education hubs and talent development: Policymaking and implementation challenges. Higher Education, 68(6), 807-823.

    • Knight, J., & Lee, J. (2014). Three types of education hubs: Student, talent and knowledge. In J. Knight (Ed.), International education hubs: Student, Talent, Knowledge-Innovation Models (p. 29-42). Dordrecht: Springer.

    • Knight, J., & Lee, J.  (2012). International joint, double and consecutive degree programs: New developments, issues and challenges. In D. Deardorff, H. de Wit, J. D. Heyl, T. Adams (Eds.), The Sage handbook of international higher education (p. 343-357). Los Angeles: Sage and the Association of International Education Administrators.   

    • Lee, J. (2010). Huron University College: Internationalization quality review process self-assessment report. Funded by Huron University College, University of Western Ontario, Canada.

    Contact information

    Graduate School of Education
    Nazarbayev University
    53 Kabanbay Batyr Ave.,
    Astana, 010000, Republic of Kazakhstan

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