March 6, 2015
José Luis Mateos
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Critical approaches to education-based meritocracy: the case of Britain

Starting in the post-war socio-political milieu and throughout the second half of the 20th century, Britain witnessed dramatic expansion of its Higher Education system. This is very much related to the ‘modernisation theory, which some 40 years ago predicted that the development of industrial societies would require workers to be ever more highly educated and occupational roles to be allocated increasingly on the basis of achieved rather than ascribed characteristics’ (Boliver 2011, p.230). This post will review a set of policy efforts ...
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July 17, 2014
Naël Desaldeleer
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Deciphering the European Higher Education Area (EHEA)

These days we are witnessing attempts to build a single, pan-European sphere of higher education and research (HE&R) in the fight against national area segmentation. The Bologna Process and its reform of academic degrees is well known, but is it really clearly understood? As the original Bologna Process formally ended in 2010, the time has come to examine the first results. Since it will gradually come to shape all activities in the field, how HE&R stakeholders understand it will be crucial ...
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April 24, 2014
Solange Chavel
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Internationalisation of higher education: what are we talking about?

Internationalisation of higher education is a trend. It appears as a necessity and attracts a considerable amount of attention, both within academia and politics. But as all buzzwords, it thrives with ambiguity. Here we will attempt to clarify the concept by distinguishing three different reasons a higher education institution might be called “international”.  1. International = star player A higher education institution may first be called “international” if it is globally attractive and has a reputation of excellence in what it does. The ...
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