The effects of globalization are increasingly making themselves felt throughout higher education as in all areas of human endeavour. Seventeen higher education specialists contribute to this debate, in order to understand the dynamics of globalization and better define the challenges that it poses to universities in both rich and poor countries. The diversity of perspectives and wide range of themes presented here provide readers with an insight into key questions and challenges facing higher education today.
The result is a questioning of both the place of universities on the international scene and their ‘social relevance’ in a knowledge-based world where innovation has become the driving force. As Hans van Ginkel argues, higher education is undergoing a Copernican change with the national state no longer the sole reference point for developing universities. By opening up to a new global space, higher education witnesses the emergence of new players: regions, provinces, Länder, international organizations, NGOs, enterprises, enterprise-universities and virtual universities. As their orbits intersect and are subject to the gravitational pull of these new systems, universities are forced to change their own trajectories.
MOTS CLES · Éducation · Enseignement supérieur · Université