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National Higher Education Reforms in a European Context

Comparative Reflections on Poland and Norway

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Edited By Marek Kwiek and Peter Maassen

This book addresses the following research questions: What are the main transformations in European higher education? How do these transformations affect the national higher education systems of Norway and Poland? How do European-level higher education policy processes affect national higher education policies in Norway and Poland, especially in the areas of funding and governance? Europe and the two countries are the units of analysis, with different authors choosing different research foci and different disciplinary approaches.

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Notes on Editors ............................................................................................................. 7 Notes on Contributors ..................................................................................................... 9 Introduction Marek Kwiek and Peter Maassen Changes in Higher Education in European Peripheries and Their Contexts: Poland, Norway, and Europe ........................................................................................ 11 Chapter 1 Peter Maassen Higher Education Diversity in Europe ......................................................................... 41 Chapter 2 Mari Elken Competing or Complementary? Qualification Frameworks on the Agenda. ............... 65 Chapter 3 Dominik Antonowicz External Influences and Local Responses. Changes in Polish Higher Education 1990-2005. ........................................................ 87 Chapter 4 Åse Gornitzka and Peter Maassen University Reform and the Nordic Model .................................................................. 111 Chapter 5 Marek Kwiek The Public/Private Dynamics in Polish Higher Education. Demand-Absorbing Private Sector Growth and Its Implications ............................... 127 Chapter 6 Marek Kwiek Higher Education Reforms and Their Socio-Economic Contexts: Shifting Funding Regimes and Competing Social Narratives .................................... 155 6 Table of contents Chapter 7 Rómulo Pinheiro Knowledge and the “Europe of the Regions”: The Case of the High North .............. 179 Chapter 8 Martina Vukasović Europeanization of the Education Function of Universities: Preliminary Comparison of Norway and Poland ........................................................ 209 Chapter 9 Marek Kwiek and Peter Maassen Higher Education in Turbulent Times. Concluding Reflections ............................... 227

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