Dr Sean Matthews is currently seconded from The University of Nottingham, UK as Head of School (UNMC) in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus. With Professor Christine Ennew and Dr Christopher Hill, he coordinates the Knowledge Without Borders Network.
His interests in internationalisation of higher education relate both to his academic research – as a literary and cultural critic and intellectual historian he is centrally concerned with the history and theory of postcolonialism, but also with understanding processes of emergence and change in academic disciplines and institutions, the ways in which knowledge is created, curated and disseminated – but above all from his experiences as a university lecturer here in Malaysia, but also in Japan, the United States, Wales (and England) and in continental Europe.
"Coming to Malaysia crystallised my interest in the processes and history of internationalisation, bringing into urgent focus my thoughts about the significance and course of TNE. The past twenty years have seen extraordinarily rapid changes, globally, in the university sector, and my career has, inevitably, in some ways been closely bound up with that history. KWBN offers an opportunity, I hope for many of us, who have experienced these big changes, been subject to these great changes, to contribute to the work of better understanding and, ideally, directing them."