Diversification of Higher Education

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UNESCO European Centre for Higher Education


During the 1980s, most European countries underwent substantial changes in their economic and educational systems. During the period it became clear that the discussions were going to be centered around the rapid changes being experienced by the higher education systems in practically all the countries of the region in their attempts to adapt themselves to new socio-economic conditions. In particular, much stress was given to the need to arrive at a clearer understanding of the diversification processes which were currently taking place in various higher education systems and of the combinations of factors which lead to such diversification. This book aims to discuss the features, the causes, and the national experiences of the ongoing processes of adaptation of higher education to changing societal needs and diversification of processes that were exerting similar influences on different national systems of higher education in European countries.



education, higher--government policy, higher education system, Europe, labor market