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Globalisation and the University: Myths and Realities in an Unequal World

Abstract

Much has been said about the impactof globalisation on higher education. Some haveargued that globalisation, the Internet and thescientific community will level the playingfield in the new age of knowledgeinterdependence. Others claim thatglobalisation means both worldwide inequalityand the McDonaldisation of the university. Itis argued that all of the contemporarypressures on higher education, from thepressures of massification to the growth of theprivate sector, are the results ofglobalisation. There is a grain of truth in allof these hypotheses – and a good deal ofmisinterpretation as well. The purpose of thisessay is to ``unpack'' the realities ofglobalisation and internationalisation inhigher education and to highlight some of theways in which globalisation affects theuniversity. Of special interest here is howglobalisation is affecting higher education indeveloping countries – the nations that willexperience the bulk of higher educationexpansion in the coming decades.

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Altbach, P.G. Globalisation and the University: Myths and Realities in an Unequal World. Tertiary Education and Management 10, 3–25 (2004). https://doi.org/10.1023/B:TEAM.0000012239.55136.4b

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Keywords

  • High Education
  • Special Interest
  • Education Research
  • Good Deal
  • Unequal World