Division of Higher Education Research

Hamish Coates

Professor, Institute of Education

Director, Higher Education Division

Deputy Director, Global Research Center for the Assessment of College and Student Development

Tsinghua University

Email: hamishcoates@tsinghua.edu.cn

Address: Room 410, Wennan Building, Tsinghua University, Haidian District, Beijing, 100084, China

Hamish Coates is a Tenured Professor at Tsinghua University’s Institute of Education, Director of the Higher Education Research Division, and Deputy Director of the Tsinghua University Global Research Centre for the Assessment of College and Student Development. He was Professor of Higher Education at the University of Melbourne, Program Director at the LH Martin Institute for Tertiary Leadership and Management, Founding Director of Higher Education Research at the Australian Council for Educational Research, Senior Research Officer at Graduate Careers Australia, and Research Assistant at the Assessment Research Centre. He concentrates on improving the quality and productivity of higher education.

Hamish COATES CV.pdf

Education Background

2009.3 to 2014.12: Graduate Certificate of Management (GCMGMT), Melbourne Business School

2012.1 to 2012.2: Management Acceleration Program (MAP), INSEAD

2002.6 to 2005.6: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Melbourne

2001.1 to 2002.12: Master of Education (Assessment and Evaluation) (MEd), University of Melbourne

1995.2 to 2000.6: Bachelor of Science (BSc), University of Melbourne

1993.2 to 1999.12: Bachelor of Arts (Hons) (BA(Hons)), University of Melbourne

Work Experience

2017.9 to present: Tenured Professor, Institute of Education Tsinghua University; Director, Institute of Education Higher Education Research Division; Deputy Director, Tsinghua University Global Research Center for the Assessment of College and Student Development

2013.12 to 2017.7: Professor of Higher Education, Centre for the Study of Higher Education, University of Melbourne

2010.1 to 2013.11: Program Director, LH Martin Institute for Tertiary Education Leadership and Management, University of Melbourne

2006.2 to 2013.10: Founding Director of Higher Education Research Program and Principal Research Fellow, Educational Monitoring and Research Division, Australian Council for Educational Research

2006.1 to 2008.12: Lecturer, Assessment Research Centre, University of Melbourne

2005.2 to 2006.1: Senior Research Officer, Research Department, Graduate Careers Australia

2002.6 to 2004.12: Research Fellow, Centre for the Study of Higher Education, University of Melbourne

2001.1to 2005.6: Senior Resident Tutor, Residential College, Trinity College

1999.7 to 2002.6: Research Assistant, Assessment Research Centre, University of Melbourne

1999.1 to 1999.7: Research Assistant, Centre for Applied Educational Research, University of Melbourne

Research Fields

Policy evaluation, university leadership, assessment methodology, learner engagement, student outcomes, academic productivity



Cantwell, B. Coates, H. & King, R. (Eds.) (2018). Handbook on the Politics of Higher Education. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Coates, H. & Matthews, K. (Eds.) (2018). Frontier perspectives and insights into higher education student success. Special Issue of Higher Education Research and Development, 37(5), 93-1094.

Coates, H. & McCormick, A.C. (Eds.) (2014). Engaging University Students: International insights from system-wide studies. Dordrecht: Springer.

Coates, H. (2006). Student Engagement in Campus-based and Online Education: University connections. London: Taylor and Francis.

Coates, H. (2017). The Market for Learning: Leading transparent higher education. Dordrecht: Springer.

Coates, H. (Ed.) (2014). Higher Education Learning Outcomes Assessment. Frankfurt: Peter Lang.

Coates, H. (Ed.) (2018). Navigating higher education to enhance student success. Special Issue of International Journal of Chinese Education, 7(1), 1-173.

Hazelkorn, E., Coates, H. & McCormick, A. (Eds.) (2018). Handbook on Quality, Performance and Accountability. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Shi, J. & Coates, H. (Eds.) (2018). International Journal of Chinese Education, 7(2).

Zlatkin-Troitschanskaia, O., Pant, H.A. & Coates, H. (Eds.) (2017). Assessing Student Learning Outcomes in Higher Education: Challenges and international perspectives. Abingdon: Routledge.


Bice, S. & Coates, H. (2016). University sustainability reporting: Taking stock of transparency. Tertiary Education and Management, 22(1), 1-18.

Borden, V. & Coates, H. (2017). Learning Analytics as a Counterpart to Surveys of Student Experience[学习分析与学生体验调查相对应]. New Directions for Higher Education, 179, 89-102.

Coates, H. & Goedegebuure, L. (2012). Recasting the Academic Workforce: Why the attractiveness of the academic profession needs to be increased and eight possible strategies for how to go about this from an Australian perspective. Higher Education, 64(6), 875-889.

Coates, H. & Mahat, M. (2014). Threshold quality parameters in hybrid higher education. Higher Education, 68(4), 577-590.

Coates, H. & Richardson, S. (2012). An international assessment of bachelor degree graduates’ learning outcomes. Higher Education Management and Policy, 23(3), 51-69.

Coates, H. & Seifert, T. (2010). Linking assessment for learning, improvement, and accountability. Quality in Higher Education, 17(2), 179-195.

Coates, H. (2007). Universities on the Catwalk: Models for performance ranking in Australia. Higher Education Management and Policy, 19(2), 1-17.

Coates, H. (2009). Building Quality Foundations: Indicators and instruments to measure the quality of vocational education and training. Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 61(4), 517-34.

Coates, H. (2009). Development of the Australasian Survey of Student Engagement (AUSSE). Higher Education, 60(10), 1-17.

Coates, H. (2009). What’s the difference? A model for measuring the value added by higher education in Australia. Higher Education Management and Policy, 21(1), 69-88.

Coates, H. (2010). Defining and monitoring academic standards in Australian higher education. Higher Education Management and Policy, 22(1), 1-17.

Coates, H. (2013). Working on a dream: Educational returns from off-campus paid work. Journal of Education and Work, 28(1), 66-82.

Coates, H. (2014). Students’ early departure intention and the mitigating role of support, Australian Universities Review, 56(2), 20-29.

Coates, H. (2016). Assessing student learning outcomes internationally: Insights and frontierss. Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, 41(5), 662-676.

Coates, H. (2017). Student financing of higher education. Journal of Educational Planning and Administration, XXX(4), 299-314.

Coates, H., Kelly, P. & Naylor, R. (2017). Leading online education for student success. International Journal of Chinese Education, 6(1), 105-126.

Coates, H., Kelly, P. Naylor, R. & Borden, V. (2016). Innovative Approaches for Enhancing the 21st Century Student Experience. Alternation.

Dollinger, M., Coates, H., Bexley, E., Croucher, G. & Naylor, R. (2018). Framing international approaches to university-industry collaboration. Policy Reviews in Higher Education.

Moore, M., Coates, H., & Croucher, G. (2019). Measuring international higher education productivity: Lessons from nine countries in Asia. Higher Education Forum.

Pearce, J., Edwards, D., Coates, H., Fraillon, J., Canny, B. & Wilkinson, D. (2015). The rationale for and use of assessment frameworks: Improving assessment and reporting quality in medical education. Perspectives on Medical Education, 4(3), 110-118.

Richardson, S. & Coates, H. (2014). Essential foundations for establishing equivalence in cross-national higher education assessment. Higher Education, 68(6), 825-836.

Shi, J. & Coates, H. (2018). Constructing higher education evaluation systems for the global era. International Journal of Chinese Education, 7(2), 175-180.

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