Dr Miguel Antonio Lim

Senior Lecturer in Education and International Development

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I am a specialist in research and policy issues in international and transnational higher education. My research focuses on the challenges facing universities and national higher education systems in relation to internationalisation.  

I am originally from the Philippines and have worked in a variety of countries and roles in the higher education sector. My academic formation includes degrees in economics (University of the Philippines), public affairs (Sciences Po-Paris), public and economic policy (the London School of Economics) and education (Aarhus University Denmark). 

I have also worked in higher education administration as well as teaching and research. Previously, I worked on international partnerships for Sciences Po-Paris at their Asia Pacific Center and was the Executive Director of the Global Public Policy Network Secretariat. 


My other roles and responsibilities include:

Founding Convenor of the China and Higher Education Network (based at the University of Manchester)

Co-convenor of the Higher Education Research Network at Manchester (HERE@Manchester).

Co-convenor of the International Research and Researchers Network of the Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE)

Impact Coordinator of the Manchester Institute of Education (University of Manchester).

Leader of the Globalisation and International Development Pathway for the Postgraduate Masters in International Education.  

Editorial Board Member: COMPARE: Journal of Comparative and International Education and Higher Education Quarterly


My previous roles at the University of Manchester include:

Co-Research Coordinator of the Manchester Institute of Education (2017-2020) 

Programme Director of the Postgraduate Masters in Education (International) Degree (2018-2019).


My current research projects include:

COVID and Chinese and East Asian University Students in the UK: Safety, Security, and Communication funded by the British Academy

Employability of International Students funded by the UPP Foundation

The Effects of the Pandemic on European Higher Education part of the European Universities-Critical Futures Project funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark


Research areas

I carry out research on a range of topics in education policy and international development. I am particularly interested in issues around transnational and international higher education.


University Rankings and Impact

My research covers issues around global university rankings, reputation and strategy management in international higher education,  the construction of value in higher education, the 'social life' of data, evaluation in education, the use of technology in society and educational contexts, and the production of educational distinction(s).

I am also leading projects exploring the concepts and practices of 'quality' in higher education in emerging economies.


International Higher Education Partnerships, China and East/Southeast Asian Higher Education

I have previous professional expeirence in managing international higher education partnerships. I have a keen research interest in higher education and 'knowledge diplomacy'. I am particularly interested in issues around China and Southeast Asian higher education. 

I initiated and co-organise a series of annual conferences on China and Higher Education held in December.  


Research Funding

My work has been supported by the British Academy, the European Commission, the Marie Curie Alumni Association, the ESRC, the UPP foundation, The Hallsworth Fund, the Confucius Institute, and the University of Manchester strategic research funds.


Supervision of PhD students

I welcome PhD applicants interested in working in my areas of research. 

I currently supervise PhD students working on a numbers of areas including: experiences of international faculty members at UK universities, governance of transnational partnerships of Chinese universities, 'World Class University' policies and strategies, the role of education agents in decision making of international students, the international faculty recruitment policies of universities in China, and the role of social reponsibility in building university reputations (in China). 



I lecture on and contribute to courses on education and international development, concepts and issues in international education, higher education in international contexts, international and comparative education, equity and higher education, educational leadership, research methods, quality assurance in education, and the sociology of leisure.


Social responsibility

I am a member of the Policy Working Group of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie* Alumni Association. I lead the taskforce on 'Displaced Academics and Students in HIgher Education'.

*Research Programme supported by the European Union


External positions

Associate - Center for Higher Education Futures, University of Aarhus

Areas of expertise

Research Networks and Beacons


  • Evaluation, Rankings, International Development, Higher Education, Education policy, China, Southeast Asia, Transnational Higher Education, Impact Agenda

Education / academic qualifications

  • Fellow - Higher Education Academy, Higher Education Academy (Formerly Known As Learning & Teaching Support Network)
  • Master of Social Science Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences-Po)
  • Master of Social Science London School of Economics & Political Science (University of London)
  • Doctor of Education University of Aarhus

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