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Global University Rankings,Transnational Policy Discourse and Higher Education in Europe

Global university rankings have portrayed European higher education institutions in varying lights, leading to intense reflection on the figures on the EU and national levels alike. The rankings have helped to construct a policy problem of ‘European higher education’, framing higher education as an element of competitiveness in a global economy. This has also allowed the European Commission to become a key policy actor in higher education that was not traditionally within its mandate. The global university rankings can be seen as a transnational policy discourse that has different variants at a national level, owing to the historical narratives and public values of each state. But the policy prescriptions of the rankings are taking surprisingly similar forms in different countries and have informed reform agendas throughout Europe. At a general level, the rankings are contributing to a convergence in higher education policies in Europe. [...]

Den kompletten Artikel von Tero Erkkilä können Sie auf der Website des European Journal of Education finden, das im März eine Sonderausgabe zu: 'Global University Rankings. A Critical Assessment' heraus gegeben hat.
 
Quelle: Erkkilä, T. (2014), Global University Rankings, Transnational Policy  Discourse and Higher Education in Europe. European Journal of Education,  49: 91–101. doi: 10.1111/ejed.12063
 
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