The significant growth of number of students enrolled in tertiary education institutions in the recent past decades has caused an unprecedented expansion of higher education systems. The rapid and constant social, economic and technological mutations and international competition make the importance of qualitatively well-educated citizenry and labor forces very decisive. 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. The implementation of quality assurance is one of the recent and most decisive transformations of higher education. Different higher education systems are trying to develop assessment tools (internal and external) to improve the quality of teaching, research and extension activities, and these are either based on experiences of selected countries or are extensively country specific. The quality assurance procedures that were often dependent on national directorial traditions have gradually tended to converge and led to a setup of common tools and standards. Countries under a centralized system tend to impose a uniform and general model while decentralized systems give greater freedom to universities to set up their own quality. International rankings of universities also contribute to impose a set of transnational standards and values, which is also being considered as indicative by the stakeholders. The present book tries to look at the quality assurance mechanism, international rankings and its impact in both absolute and comparative fashion in context of about 11 countries from different parts of the world.
Quality Assurance in Higher Education: A Global Perspective
Dr. Stamelos Georgios is a Professor of Educational Policy in the Department of Education, University of Patras, Greece.
Dr. K.M. Joshi is currently Professor of Economics of Higher Education at the Maharaja Krishnakumarsinhji Bhavnagar University, Bhavnagar, India.
Dr. Saeed Paivandi is presently Professor at the University of Lorraine, Nancy, France. He is also Director of the Research Centre—LISEC (Inter-regional Laboratory of Science of Education and Communication) – Lorraine, France.
1. Quality Assurance in Greek Higher Education: Tensions, Development and Implementation
George Stamelos and Aggelos Kavasakalis
2. Swedish Quality Assurance of Higher Education: From Enhancement to Results Control and Back to Enhancement?
Lena Adamson and Petros Gougoulakis
3. Higher Education in Spain: Framework for Quality Assurance
Alejandra Montané, José Beltrán and Daniel Gabaldón-Estevan
4. Quality Assurance in Flanders: Towards high trust in the self-direction of higher education institutions
Kurt De Wit
5. Quality Assurance in Higher Education in Argentina: Assessing its Impact at a Macro and Micro Level
Marcelo Rabossi and Angela Corengia
6. Quality Assurance in Mexico´s Higher Education: Authorities Trapped in the Iron Cage of Evaluation
Jorge Gamaliel Arenas Basurto and Claudia Barona Castañeda
7. Quality Assurance in Indian Higher Education : An Unfinished Agenda
K.M.Joshi and Kinjal V.Ahir
8. Pride, Prejudice and Challenges in Italian Higher Education
9. Quality Assurance in France : The gradual emergence of a new culture
10. Qualitative Sacrifice for Quantitative Increase: The Case of Turkish Higher Education System
11. Quality assurance in a small HE system: Is the Icelandic system in some ways special?
Anna Ólafsdóttir and Jón Torfi Jónasson