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The Globalisation Challenge for European Higher Education

Convergence and Diversity, Centres and Peripheries


The last decade has marked European higher education with particular dynamics. Today, after a decade of «connected» policy, national systems look much more convergent but new questions and dilemmas are emerging: about the nature and quality of higher education, about the real impact of recent reforms in different countries, and about higher education's future. The book examines the impact of Europe-wide and global developments on national higher education systems. The authors try in particular to place upfront issues of convergence and diversity, of equity and of the relationship between centres and peripheries in higher education. The book is an outcome of research collaboration between six institutes which developed a EuroHESC research proposal on the consequences of expanded and differentiated higher education systems.


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John Brennan is Emeritus Professor of Higher Education Research at the Open University and a Visiting Professor at the University of Bath and London Metropolitan University. His interests lie broadly in the area of higher education and social change. For nearly 20 years, he directed the Centre for Higher Education Research and Information at the Open University where he led and participated in many national and international projects on topics such as graduate employment, quality assurance, the academic profession, and universities and social transformation. He has published several books and many reports and articles on higher education and its changing relationship with society and has spoken at countless conferences on higher education in the UK and many other parts of the world. Before joining the Open University in 1992, he had been Director of Quality Support at the Council for National Academic Awards and had held academic posts at Lancaster University and Teesside Polytechnic. Contact: Ulrich Teichler has been a Professor at the International Centre for Higher Education Research (INCHER-Kassel), University of Kassel, Germany, since 1978 and a director of the Centre for 16 years. Born in 1942, he studied sociology, receiving a PhD from the University of Bremen in 1975. He was a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Educational Research, Berlin (1968–1978), did a dissertation on higher education and social selection in Japan, and was vice president of the University of Kassel (1980–1982). His work visits to about 80 countries include: visiting scholar...

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