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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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Jana Baćević is currently visiting professor at the Central European University in Budapest. She has a PhD (2008) in Social Anthropology from the University of Belgrade; between 2007 and 2008 she was OSI/FCO Chevening Scholar at the University of Oxford and, between 2010 and 2011, visiting research fellow at the Central European University, Budapest. Previously she taught at the University of Belgrade and Singidunum University and worked with the Centre for Education Policy in Belgrade as well as a consultant for a number of non-governmental and international organisations, focusing on higher education for minorities, development and social integration. Her research interests lie at the intersection between sociology, anthropology, politics and philosophy of knowledge, with a special focus on universities as institutions. Contact: Leon Cremonini has been a researcher at the Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies since 2006. He graduated in Political Science from the University of Bologna, Italy, in 2000 and has since worked both in Europe and with the RAND Corporation in the USA. His interests concentrate on the internationalisation of higher education, quality assessment at the institutional and programme level, selection and access, and on the study of university and programme rankings. In 2007–2009 Leon was a fellow of the “Global Policy Fellowship Programme” launched by the Institute for Higher Education Policy (USA) and designed to share ideas and experiences on equity and access policies for historically disadvantaged populations in tertiary education around the world. Leon has presented papers and published on these...

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