Policy-Making for Structural Reforms in the Welsh Higher Education Landscape

Nadine Zeeman, Paul Stephen Benneworth

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A most common and visible policy response to globalisation has been increasing the efficiency of the HE system by concentrating (merging) existing already established HEIs. This may involve various forms of associations of HEIs ranging from relatively weak associations, such as consortia, to fully fledged associations, such as pure mergers (Amaral, 2009, p. 13; Barber et al. 2013, p. 10; Estermann et al., 2013, p. 4, 12). Our focus in this chapter is on the latter, the mergers. There have been many mergers within national HE systems across many European Union (EU) member states (European Commission, 2014) to create newly consolidated HEIs capable of competing globally (Salmi, 2009, pp. 43–44) as well as reducing costs and enabling economies of scale (Pinheiro et al., 2015, p. 1).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPolicy Analysis of Structural Reforms in Higher Education: Processes and Outcomes
EditorsHarry Boer, Jon File, Jeroen Huisman, Marco Seeber, Martina Vukasovic, Don F. Westerheijden
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-42236-7
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

NamePalgrave studies in global higher education


  • METIS-321607
  • IR-103584


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