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Mergers and Alliances in Higher Education: International Practice and Emerging Opportunities

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ISBN: 9783319131344 9783319131351 Year: Pages: 307 DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-13135-1 Language: English
Publisher: Springer
Subject: Education --- Social Sciences
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This volume casts light on mergers and alliances in higher education by examining developments of this type in different countries. It combines the direct experiences of those at the heart of such transformations, university leaders and senior officials responsible for higher education policy, with expert analysts of the systems concerned.Higher education in Europe faces a series of major challenges. The economic crisis has accelerated expectations of an increased role in addressing economic and societal challenges while at the same time putting pressure on available finances. Broader trends such as shifting student demographics and expectations, globalisation and mobility and new ways of working with business have contributed to these increased pressures. In the light of these trends there have been moves, both from national or regional agencies and from individual institutions to respond by combining resources, either through collaborative arrangements or more fundamentally through mergers between two or more universities.After an introductory chapter by the editors which establishes the context for mergers and alliances, the book falls into two main parts. Part 1 takes a national or regional perspective to give some sense of the historical context, the wider drivers and the importance of these developments in these cases. Included are both systemic accounts (for countries as France, Sweden, Romania, Russia, Wales and England), and specific cross-cutting initiatives including a major facility at Magurele in Romania and a Spanish programme for promoting international campuses of excellence. Part 2 is built from specific cases of universities, either in mergers or alliances, with examples from different countries (such as France, UK, Romania, Spain, Germany, Denmark, Finland, Switzerland). A concluding chapter by the editors assesses these experiences and indicates the implications and future needs for understanding in this domain.

Talent Development in European Higher Education: Honors Programs in the Benelux, Nordic and German-Speaking Countries

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ISBN: 9783319129181 9783319129198 Year: Pages: 335 DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-12919-8 Language: English
Publisher: Springer
Subject: Social Sciences --- Education --- Multidisciplinary
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This book examines the much-debated question of how to unleash the potential of young people with promising intellectual abilities and motivation. It looks at the increasingly important topic of excellence in education, and the shift in focus towards the provision of programs to support talented students in higher education. It provides a systematic overview of programs for talented students at northern European higher education institutions (HEIs). Starting in the Netherlands, where nearly all HEIs have developed honors programs over the past two decades, the book explores three clusters of countries: the Benelux, the Nordic and the German-speaking countries. For each of these countries, it discusses the local culture towards excellence, the structure of the education system, and the presence of honors programs. In total, the book reviews the special talent provisions for nearly four million students at 303 higher education institutions in eleven countries. In addition, it offers an analysis of the reasons to develop such programs, a look into the future of honors education and a practical list of suggestions for further research.The Sirius Program assigned Marca Wolfensberger to carry out this research.

The European Higher Education Area: Between Critical Reflections and Future Policies

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ISBN: 9783319187679 9783319208770 Year: Pages: 898 DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-20877-0 Language: English
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Subject: Education --- Social Sciences
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Offers unique insights regarding the state of affairs of European higher education research and focuses on essential themes in European higher education policiesPresents the most recent research done on the future of the Bologna ProcessBridges the gap between policy and research within the context of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA)

Indigenous Pathways, Transitions and Participation in Higher Education: From Policy to Practice

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ISBN: 9789811040627 Year: Pages: 287 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-4062-7 Language: English
Publisher: Springer
Subject: Education
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This book brings together contributions by researchers, scholars, policy-makers, practitioners, professionals and citizens who have an interest in or experience of Indigenous pathways and transitions into higher education. University is not for everyone, but a university should be for everyone. To a certain extent, the choice not to participate in higher education should be respected given that there are other avenues and reasons to participate in education and employment that are culturally, socially and/or economically important for society. Those who choose to pursue higher education should do so knowing that there are multiple pathways into higher education and, once there, appropriate support is provided for a successful transition.The book outlines the issues of social inclusion and equity in higher education, and the contributions draw on real-world experiences to reflect the different approaches and strategies currently being adopted. Focusing on research, program design, program evaluation, policy initiatives and experiential narrative accounts, the book critically discusses issues concerning widening participation.

The Dynamics of Opportunity in America: Evidence and Perspectives

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ISBN: 9783319259895 9783319259918 Year: Pages: 489 DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-25991-8 Language: English
Publisher: Springer
Subject: Political Science --- Economics
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Across the country, our children are beginning life from very different starting points. Some have aspirations and believe they can be achieved. For too many others, aspirations are tempered, if not dashed, by the sobering realities of everyday life. These different starting points place children on distinctly different trajectories of growth and development, ultimately leading to vastly different adult outcomes.

Global Perspectives on Recognising Non-formal and Informal Learning: Why Recognition Matters

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Book Series: Technical and Vocational Education and Training: Issues, Concerns and Prospects ISSN: 18713041 ISBN: 9783319152776 9783319152783 Year: Volume: 21 Pages: 220 DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-15278-3 Language: English
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Subject: Education --- Business and Management
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This book deals with the relevance of recognition and validation of non-formal and informal learning education and training, the workplace and society. In an increasing number of countries, it is at the top of the policy and research agenda ranking among the possible ways to redress the glaring lack of relevant academic and vocational qualifications and to promote the development of competences and certification procedures which recognise different types of learning, including formal, non-formal and informal learning. The aim of the book is therefore to present and share experience, expertise and lessons in such a way that enables its effective and immediate use across the full spectrum of country contexts, whether in the developing or developed world. It examines the importance of meeting institutional and political requirements that give genuine value to the recognition of non-formal and informal learning; it shows why recognition is important and clarifies its usefulness and the role it serves in education, working life and voluntary work; it emphasises the importance of the coordination, interests, motivations, trust and acceptance by all stakeholders. The volume is also premised on an understanding of a learning society, in which all social and cultural groups, irrespective of gender, race, social class, ethnicity, mental health difficulties are entitled to quality learning throughout their lives. Overall the thrust is to see the importance of recognising non-formal and informal learning as part of the larger movement for re-directing education and training for change. This change is one that builds on an equitable society and economy and on sustainable development principles and values such as respect for others, respect for difference and diversity, exploration and dialogue.

Knowledge, democracy and action

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ISBN: 9780719089787 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Manchester University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 102427
Subject: Education
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Knowledge, democracy and action is based on a three-year international comparative study undertaken by the Global Alliance on Community Based Research and supported by the UNESCO Chair in Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education. It provides evidence from twenty case studies around the world on the power and potential of community and higher education based scholars and activists working together in the co-creation of transformative knowledge. The book draws on the experience and insights of thirty-seven scholars and practitioners from the Global South and North. Opening with a theoretical overview of knowledge, democracy and action, the book is followed by analytical chapters providing lessons learned and capacity building in the north and the south, on the theory and practice of community university research partnerships, models of evaluation, approaches to measuring the impact and an agenda for future research and policy recommendations.

Becoming a World-Class University: The case of King Abdulaziz University

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ISBN: 9783319263793 9783319263809 Year: Pages: 190 DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-26380-9 Language: English
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Subject: Education
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This book written by international experts in the field of educational innovation is a guide for universities to become world-class universities. It contributes to the current international intellectual debate on the future of higher education. It also tells the story of King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) and its effort to become a world-class university. The book discusses excellence in different aspects such as education, research, community services, strategic planning, knowledge economy and international cooperation.

Alles Frankreich oder was? - Die saarländische Frankreichstrategie im europäischen Kontext / "La France à toutes les sauces?" - La 'Stratégie France' de la Sarre dans le contexte européen

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Book Series: Jahrbuch des Frankreichzentrums ISBN: 9783837637557 9783839437551 Year: DOI: 10.14361/9783839441817 Language: German
Publisher: transcript Verlag Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 103350
Subject: Political Science
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Mit der Präsentation ihrer "Frankreichstrategie" hat die saarländische Landesregierung überregional für Aufsehen gesorgt. Dass das Nachbarland Frankreich für das Saarland politisch und wirtschaftlich eine große Bedeutung hat, ist kaum bestreitbar. Doch wie realistisch sind die Zielsetzungen der Frankreichstrategie - und was können Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft dazu beitragen, die Potenziale der Grenzregion auszuschöpfen? Dieser Band befasst sich mit den vielfältigen Handlungsfeldern der saarländisch-französischen Zusammenarbeit und diskutiert die saarländische Frankreichstrategie im Kontext großregionaler, nationaler, europäischer und globaler Prozesse.

Der deutsche "Dialog mit der islamischen Welt"

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Book Series: Kultur und soziale Praxis ISBN: 9783837629606 9783839429600 Year: DOI: 10.14361/transcript.9783839429600 Language: German
Publisher: transcript Verlag Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 103322
Subject: Political Science
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Kulturdialog, Interkultureller Dialog, Islamdialog, Transformationsdialog - wer spricht da eigentlich mit wem und vor allem wie? Vom 11. September 2001 bis zu den Umbrüchen in der arabischen Welt 2011 gewährt das Buch spannende und ausführliche Einblicke in das Dialogverständnis und die Diskurspraxis der deutschen Auswärtigen Kultur- und Bildungspolitik. Anhand der vom Autor geführten Interviews mit Vertretern vom Auswärtigen Amt, dem DAAD und dem Goethe-Institut wird die Diplomatensprache in bislang einmaliger Form interdisziplinär unter die philologische Lupe genommen. Vorschläge für einen künftigen Dialog im historisch wie gegenwärtig hochdynamischen Mittelmeerraum ergänzen die Analysen.

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