Globalization has developed a powerful impact on the development of higher education and imposes new challenges for the organization (standards, financing, regulations). Systems of higher education tend to detach from the national models and adopt a more “global” orientation. Private higher education institutions, once a trivial fragment of the higher education landscape, have today occupied a substantial share of the market and have recognized themselves as legitimate and viable stakeholders in the postsecondary education. Private Higher education is expanding faster than the public sector. The growth of private sector incorporates the variety of institutions and offerings the sector provides. Private higher education varies considerably in forms, in status and in terms of reference for legislation.
The proliferation of the public or private institutions or both reflects mixed outcomes with regard to accomplishment of increasing equity in terms of access to higher education. Enhancement in access does not always address the equity issue. The issues of quality, governance and financing present a diversified and heterogeneous landscape of tertiary education across nations.
The ‘Perspectives on Higher Education’ series aims to address all these issues in global context and in comparative fashion to comprehend the various relevant perspectives of higher education through contributions of leading scholars, planners and administrators. The editorial board of this series welcomes proposals from leading academicians from different countries to publish edited books on relevant areas of higher education, which could contribute to the knowledge and understanding of tertiary education in a broader framework. All the contributions made by individuals in this series are peer reviewed.
Glen Jones, University of Toronto, Canada
K.M. Joshi. Maharaja Krishnakumarsinhji Bhavnagar University, India
Marcelo Rabossi, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Argentina
Stamelos Georgios, University of Patras, Greece
Saeed Paivandi, University of Lorraine, France