Reform of Higher Education in Europe

Jürgen Enders, Harry de Boer, Jon File, Ben Jongbloed, Don Westerheijden

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Abstract

Nowhere today is higher education undergoing more substantial change than in Europe. As countries pursue policies designed to integrate their economies, political systems and social structures, it is becoming increasingly clear that higher education, research and innovation are critical components to fully realising the potential gains stemming from the changes ahead. This very idea has been espoused in several highlevel European wide processes and has given rise to a series of ambitious goals and objectives designed to ensure long term European pre-eminence as both a knowledge producer and transmitter. European higher education systems have shown themselves to be no stranger to political reform: for the better part of three decades the sector has been included in the much broader national and international–even global–reforms in Western and Eastern Europe. In order to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of our Center for Higher Education Policy Studies, former and current CHEPS staff have written the chapters of this book analysing and reflecting on issues of reform in European higher education. This introduction provides a brief overview of some of the major issues at stake in European higher education and introduces the contributions to this book.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReform of Higher Education in Europe
EditorsJ. Enders, H.F. de Boer, D.F. Westerheijden
Place of PublicationRotterdam, The Netherlands
PublisherSense Publishers
Pages1-10
ISBN (Electronic)978-94-6091-555-0
ISBN (Print)978-94-6091-553-6, 978-94-6091-554-3
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Publication statusPublished - 2011

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