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The Postwar Boom: The Universalization of Higher Education

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The Transformation of Global Higher Education, 1945-2015

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This chapter provides a broad overview of the postwar boom in higher education in different world regions. First, it examines the explosive growth in the number of higher education institutions in every world region. Second, it chronicles and compares the patterns of growth in student enrolments, which turned pre-World War elite education into postwar mass education. Massification had a profound impact on the composition, organization, role, and purposes of higher education. Finally, the chapter outlines some of the key disruptive forces that faced higher education as the 20th century transitioned into the 21st century. One is demographic decline in the global North and the population bulge in the global South especially Africa.

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Zeleza, P.T. (2016). The Postwar Boom: The Universalization of Higher Education. In: The Transformation of Global Higher Education, 1945-2015. African Histories and Modernities. Palgrave Macmillan, New York. https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-52869-8_1

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