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Quality Assurance in Higher Education: A Global Perspective

Stamelos Georgios (Author) K.M. Joshi (Author) Saeed Paivandi (Author)

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.

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About the authors

K.M. Joshi

K.M. Joshi (bron 1972) is currently working as a Professor in the Maharaja Krishnakumarsinhji Bhavanagar University, Bhavanagar, India. Prof.K.M. Joshi has been a visiting Professor at University of Toronto, Central European University, University of Philippines, Mykolas Romeris University of Lyon 2 and University of Paris 8. Higher Education Reforms, Private Higher Education and International Economics. Dr.K.M. Joshi has 5 edited books and more than 41 articles to his credit.

Saeed Paivandi

Saeed Paivandi (bron 1956) is currently working as a Professor in the University of Lorraine, Nancy, France. He is also Director of the Research Centre- LISEC (Interrgional Laboratory of Science of Education and Communication). Higher Education Reforms, Private Higher Education and International Economics. Dr. Saeed has 6 books and more than 37 articles ti his credit.

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Title Quality Assurance in Higher Education: A Global Perspective
Format Hardcover
Date published: 04.04.2017
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher Studera Press
Language: English
isbn 9789385883279