Transformation, Reformation or Decline? The University in Contemporary Morocco and Turkey

  • Hakan Ergül
  • Simten Coşar
  • Fadma Ait Mous
Part of the Palgrave Critical University Studies book series (PCU)


This chapter outlines the way neoliberal policies that directly concern university education operate through everyday academic life. It is built on a comparative ethnographic inquiry in two Mediterranean countries, Morocco and Turkey. Besides the structural effects of neoliberalization on campuses, our account mainly explores the way academics experience this process. Thus, the first part offers a discussion on the neoliberalization of higher education in both countries before we introduce the academics’ accounts of this process, alongside our preliminary observations on the field. In the last part, we interrogate the implications of these accounts for understanding the way neoliberalism, as both a structural and an experiential phenomenon, operates across cultures and socio-political contexts.


High Education International Monetary Fund High Education System Military Regime Reform Agenda 
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We extend our sincere appreciation and gratitude to Eda Çetinkaya, research assistant and PhD candidate at Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey, for her invaluable support at various stages during the fieldwork in Turkey, especially in conducting interviews and data analysis.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hakan Ergül
    • 1
  • Simten Coşar
    • 1
  • Fadma Ait Mous
    • 2
  1. 1.Hacettepe UniversityAnkaraTurkey
  2. 2.Hassan II University of CasablancaCasablancaMorocco

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