Posted on June 30, 2013

New publication on higher education in the Western Balkans – on reforms, developments & trends

Center for Education Policy Studies of the University of Ljubljana (CEPS) has released a booklet entitled “Higher Education in the Western Balkans: Reforms, developments, trends” which presents the main findings of a study of current trends and issues in higher education which was conducted in 17 higher education institutions from eight countries of the Western Balkans. The study was included in a broader research project entitled “Differentiation, equity, productivity: The social and economic consequences of expanded and differentiated higher education systems – internationalisation aspects,” supported by a grant from the Slovenian Research Agency.

The opens with an analysis of higher education reforms after 1990 and outline some of the key issues raised, accompanied by a presentation of some distinctions underlying higher education in the region. Bologna Process, its implementation and its impact in the region is the subject of one of the chapters. Other topics covered include institutional diversification and institutional governance, including the role of students in university governance and national higher education policy making, as well as what is considered a “regional peculiarity” – the fragmentation of universities. Private higher education, internationalisation and international cooperation, as well as equality have also been addressed by this the research.

The booklet can be downloaded from the Library section of our webpage.


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