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The Worldwide Transformation of Higher Education

ISBN: 978-0-7623-1487-4, eISBN: 978-1-84950-543-7

Publication date: 3 June 2008


Higher education is ripe for comparative study. Currently it is the sector of education at the cutting edge of the education revolution, in terms of worldwide expansion of undergraduate and graduate enrollments, and new innovations in organizational arrangements, governance, and funding strategies. Once taking a backseat to the comparative study of primary and secondary schooling, there is now renewed attention on the quality and future role of the university. The rise of super-research universities, world rankings of universities, interest in higher education as an engine of economic development and other related topics have all converged to reinvigorate comparative study of higher education.


(2008), "Preface", Baker, D.P. and Wiseman, A.W. (Ed.) The Worldwide Transformation of Higher Education (International Perspectives on Education and Society, Vol. 9), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. ix-xii.



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