Universities and Reflexive Modernity

Institutional Ambiguities and Unintended Consequences
ISBN: 
978-963-9776-49-4
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$27.95 / €20.00 / £18.99
Publication date: 
2010
204 pages

A book about the challenges and uncertainties facing today’s university, a chronicle of recent and current changes in higher education in the world. There are many questions today that are sufficiently open to doubt and profoundly related to new developments, to justify our starting new enquiries, here and now, by looking freshly and more closely at the actual configurations and at their historical grounds, for providing the new standard account of the university today.

Vlasceanu discusses the inherent contradiction between academia on the one hand, and expectations and regulations of the market on the other. Analyses demographic and other statistical characteristics of today’s higher education. Examines the financial basis of universities in various countries, and describes current governance models. Finally the author sets up a new typology of universities.

Acknowledgments

Introduction

PART I COPING WITH UNCERTAINTIES

Chapter 1 The Clash Between Academic Traditions, Markets and GATS

Chapter 2 Demography and Higher Education. Risks and Prospective Approaches

PART II THE NEW WORLD OF HIGHER EDUCATION

Chapter 3 University and Development: A Vicious or a Virtuous Circle?

Chapter 4 Academic Transformation: Continuities and Discontinuities

Index