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Higher Education Reform: Looking Back – Looking Forward

Second Revised Edition


Edited By Pavel Zgaga, Ulrich Teichler, Hans G. Schuetze and Andrä Wolter

The central focus of this book is the concept of higher education reform in the light of an international and global comparative perspective. After decades of far-reaching reform, higher education around the world has profoundly changed and now has to face the challenges of the present. This volume takes a close look at these changes, the drivers of change, their effects and possible future scenarios. In their contributions the authors discuss a variety of basic concepts: learning and teaching in higher education; financing and quality assurance; governance change; massification vs. equity and equality; internationalization and mobility, the implementation of lifelong structures in higher education.
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Each book is a result of the efforts and contributions of many individuals and institutions. All of these efforts can’t be always determined on basis of information on editors and contributors. Therefore, we would like to specifically thank those who have the most merits, but who remain ‘behind the curtain’.

First of all, we would like to thank the Hans-Böckler-Stiftung in Düsseldorf, Germany, which made a financial contribution to the publication of this book. We also thank the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia for its support, both financial and moral, of the organization of the 10th International Workshop on Higher Education Reform, the main source of the contribution to this volume.

Furthermore, two other authors have also contributed significantly to the editing: In their capacity as assistant editors, William A. Bruneau and Germán Álvarez Mendiola have edited Part 3 and 4 of this book. Further on, Fanny Isensee from Humboldt University in Berlin has contributed greatly in the editing of Part 5.

Last but not least, Sina Westa and Sintayehu K. Alemu, early stage researchers from University of Ljubljana, assisted in the overall review of the manuscript and prepared Index.

August 2015


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