Higher Education and University System Restructuring

An interesting table drawn from van Vught (2012) which gives a partial insight into trends in Higher Education restructuring in response to global trends towards innovation as a policy objective. Especially when Higher Education is seen as a responsive area for encouraging economic growth through innovation strategies. van Vught (2012) links these restructures to nation state educational and research policies but also to the increasing influence of university league tables and the pressures upon states to produce "world-class" institutions similar to Stanford, Harvard, MIT, Oxford, Cambridge, and so forth.

Restructure Type
Germany2006Excellence Initiative
France2008Pôle de Recherche et d'Enseignement Supérieur (PRES) 
Wales2011Sector Restructring
Ireland2012Structural System Change
Australia2010Categorisation of provider type
US States2010Profile funding models
England2012Tuition Fee Changes


van Vught, F. (2012) University Profiles, accessed 29/06/2013, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YSK9iyldUM


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