ERIC Number: EJ851158
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
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Globalisation and the University: Myths and Realities in an Unequal World
Altbach, Philip G.
Tertiary Education and Management, v10 n1 p3-25 Mar 2004
Much has been said about the impact of globalisation on higher education. Some have argued that globalisation, the Internet and the scientific community will level the playing field in the new age of knowledge interdependence. Others claim that globalisation means both worldwide inequality and the McDonaldisation of the university. It is argued that all of the contemporary pressures on higher education, from the pressures of massification to the growth of the private sector, are the results of globalisation. There is a grain of truth in all of these hypotheses--and a good deal of misinterpretation as well. The purpose of this essay is to "unpack" the realities of globalisation and internationalisation in higher education and to highlight some of the ways in which globalisation affects the university. Of special interest here is how globalisation is affecting higher education in developing countries--the nations that will experience the bulk of higher education expansion in the coming decades.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Private Sector, Global Approach, International Education, Developing Nations, Educational Change, Educational Policy, Educational Environment, Educational Trends
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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