Issues in higher education policy: An update on higher education policy issues in 2004 in 11 Western countries

Eric Beerkens, Franciscus Kaiser, P. Boezerooy, Jeroen Huisman, Benjamin W.A. Jongbloed, M. Kaulisch, A. Luijten-Lub, P.A.M. Maassen, C.S. Salerno, H.C. Theisens, Johan J. Vossensteyn

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Higher education is a dynamic field. It is, however, also a field where changes don¿t take place overnight. This 2004 update report covers a period of 1.5 years, a period in which some earlier policy initiatives have been implemented and new ones have emerged. It is therefore not surprising to observe that many of the policy issues on the agenda in the previous Update Report (April, 2003) still are a topic of debate today. The main part of the report are the descriptions of the current (2004) higher education debates and policy initiatives for each of the eleven IHEM countries, arranged in four themes educational and research infrastructure, finance, governance and quality. In conclusion, four `overarching¿ policy issues in contemporary European (and Australian) higher education are discussed. These issues are: * The Bologna process and changing degree structures * The changing organisation of research * Financial accountability and responsibility * Interactive governance
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationDen Haag
PublisherMinisterie van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschappen
Number of pages57
ISBN (Print)90 5910 313 0
Publication statusPublished - 2005

Publication series

NameBeleidsgerichte studies Hoger onderwijs en Wetenschappelijk onderzoek
PublisherMinisterie van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschap


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  • IR-53602


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