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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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What Kind of University for What Kind of Society? Nation-States, Post-National Constellations, and Higher Education in the Post-Yugoslav Space


Jana Baćević


The text investigates the transformation of higher education following the dissolution of Yugoslavia from the perspective of the changing concept of political communities that universities ‘belong’ to. It argues that, besides the development of ‘post-national constellations’ mediated through processes of European integration in higher education, we need to acknowledge the effects of the parallel process of ‘fragmentation’ along ethnic, political and religious lines on higher education in the region. Utilising examples from Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia and Sandžak, the text points to the relevance of understanding the interplay within the broader political dynamics, and the role of universities in politics and policies of identity, in an effort to explain the change processes in higher education in Europe and beyond.

Key words: higher education, ethnicity and education, post-conflict education, politics of education, identity and difference, post-national constellations, former Yugoslavia

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