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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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The Monolithic Un-intentionality of Higher Education Policies: On the Continuing Importance of Karl Marx, Joseph Stalin and the Minor Classics Less Known


Voldemar Tomusk


A simple truth, though often ignored, is that thinking makes us who we are and knowledge is the substance of thought. Recent higher education policies are not only ignoring this, but fighting it vigorously. While industries of higher education make increasingly unrealistic promises for social mobility and high income with the distinction between advertising tricks and statements of truth becoming blurred, knowledge is being rendered devoid of meaning and learning driven out of higher education. Far from being seen as a problem of a global magnitude, the trend is often being celebrated as a great success. Unless universities return to the educated individual as a knowing self and strong evaluator, this chapter argues that little purpose will have been left for them.

Key words: universities, cooling-out, massification, knowledge, knowing self

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