Non-university Higher Education

  • Marco SeeberEmail author
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Organizations formally recognized as higher education institutions, whose main activity is to provide tertiary education with a focus on professional and vocational education, possibly research active but no right to award doctoral degrees.

Introduction: Conceptual Clarity

Non-university higher education institutions are named in several ways in different countries, such as universities of applied science, colleges, institutes of technology, and polytechnics. Such variety of labels is partly indicative of the heterogeneity of institutions that are, in different places, considered as part of the non-university higher education sector. On the one hand, like universities, these institutions are entities nationally recognized as higher education institutions (HEIs) – e.g., recognized in national law, officially...


High Education Institution Applied Science Vocational Education High Education System Research Mission 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CHEGG, Centre for Higher Education Governance GhentDepartment of SociologyGhentBelgium