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A Research Agenda for Global Higher Education

9781800376052 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Jeroen Huisman, Professor of Higher Education, Centre for Higher Education Governance Ghent, Ghent University, Belgium and Marijk van der Wende, Distinguished Faculty Professor of Higher Education, Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance, Utrecht University, the Netherlands
Publication Date: February 2022 ISBN: 978 1 80037 605 2 Extent: 256 pp
This innovative Research Agenda critically reflects on the state of the art and offers inspiration for future higher education research across a variety of geographical, disciplinary and theoretical perspectives. It explores the impact of Covid-19, and the need to re-engage with the Global South and reconsider conventional paradigms and assumptions. Leading international contributors address a set of salient issues, ranging from research on macro-level themes to meso and micro-level phenomena.

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Elgar Research Agendas outline the future of research in a given area. Leading scholars are given the space to explore their subject in provocative ways, and map out the potential directions of travel. They are relevant but also visionary.

This innovative Research Agenda critically reflects on the state of the art and offers inspiration for future higher education research across a variety of geographical, disciplinary and theoretical perspectives. It explores the impact of Covid-19, and the need to re-engage with the Global South and reconsider conventional paradigms and assumptions. 

Leading international contributors address a set of salient issues, ranging from research on macro-level themes to meso and micro-level phenomena. Chapters examine the changing patterns in globalization, Europeanization, challenges to mobility and open systems, and trends in system governance, funding, and quality assurance. Organizational change, research performance, university networks, curriculum improvement and global citizenship are also analysed.

This forward-thinking Research Agenda aims to reach beyond the Western perspective on higher education and will be an insightful read for both seasoned scholars and newcomers with an interest in higher education policy and research in a changing global context.
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‘A Research Agenda for Global Higher Education is a welcome addition to the academic literature on evolving perspectives to conceptualize and conduct research on universities. This outstanding book succeeds in challenging all the contributing authors to go beyond the classical framework for analyzing universities and explore new approaches that could be more relevant for university research in the rapidly evolving global context. The book presents, in a provocative manner, a comprehensive review of the growing number and variety of research issues related to the mission of universities and the many facets of operation that affect their performance and impact. Jeroen Huisman and Marijk van der Wende should be congratulated for putting this excellent book together. By proposing new research questions and recognizing emerging paradigms that may be more appropriate to understand recent trends affecting research on universities, including the multifaceted consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic viewed as “a global experiment”, this stimulating book provides a fresh intellectual perspective that is likely to become the new reference for guiding policy analysts and academics all over the world in thinking more holistically and critically about research on universities.’
– Jamil Salmi, Diego Portales University, Chile

‘Higher education, and higher education research, are extremely important and expanding areas of activity. This book offers elements of a contemporary research agenda for higher education across the globe, with specific reference to the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. It offers compelling and entertaining insights for all those concerned with the field and its future development, and should stimulate further work.’
– Malcolm Tight, Lancaster University, UK

‘This important book highlights the benefits to higher education research of increasing international cooperation. Contributors from different disciplines explore whether the key challenges are similar worldwide or specific to certain regions, countries or sectors of higher education. Growth and quality enhancement in this domain have not only contributed to concepts of typical academic consolidation, but have also led to growing interest in stimulating each other to explore jointly possible futures of higher education.’
– Ulrich Teichler, University of Kassel, Germany
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Contributors include: Jeyran Aghayeva, Dominik Antonowicz, Pam Blundell-Birtill, Nico Cloete, Davide Donina, Siew Fang Law, Richard Harris, Lee Harvey, Isabel Hilliger, Futao Huang, Jeroen Huisman, William Locke, Mar Pérez-Sanagustín,  Madeleine Pownall, Simon Roy, ​Bjørn Stensaker, Robert Tijssen, Amélia Veiga, Marijk van der Wende, François van Schalkwyk, Jos Winnink
Contents
Contents:

1 Reflections on a global agenda: on variety,
fragmentation, change, and the big questions ahead 1
Jeroen Huisman and Marijk van der Wende
2 Open systems in a changing global context 19
Marijk van der Wende
3 Researching governance in higher education:
trends, issues and challenges 43
Jeroen Huisman and Futao Huang
4 Sustainable resourcing of higher education 61
Simon Roy
5 Researching quality assurance: accomplishments
and future agendas 81
Lee Harvey and Bjørn Stensaker
6 Re-approaching Europeanisation: how to know
the unknown? 97
Amélia Veiga
7 Rethinking international mobility 115
Jeyran Aghayeva
8 Researching research universities in Africa 131
Nico Cloete, François van Schalkwyk, Jos
Winnink and Robert Tijssen
9 Re-engaging with the Global South: new directions
for research into universities and their relations
with society 153
Siew Fang Law and William Locke
10 Enduring the crisis or embracing the change?
Impact of COVID-19 transboundary crisis on
universities as organizations 175
Davide Donina and Dominik Antonowicz
11 Facing the change beyond COVID-19: continuous
curriculum improvement in higher education using
learning analytics 197
Isabel Hilliger and Mar Pérez-Sanagustín
12 Embedding global citizenship in the
undergraduate curriculum: a case study from
psychology 215
Madeleine Pownall, Richard Harris and Pam Blundell-Birtill

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