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Analysis of Global Higher Education

The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw growing and considerable diversity in higher education sectors around the world. In the United States, for instance, institutions with quite different missions and governance arrangements were formed. From small (in some cases, very exclusive) community colleges, to large state-funded land-grant institutions and privately funded elite institutions, these different institutions serviced a growing number of students enrolled in higher education, at the same time as they produced skilled labour, knowledge and innovation for their wider economies and communities. Even in a highly centralised, state-dominated system like France, higher education has been characterised by a degree of institutional diversity, particularly around teaching and research, producing its political elites and reproducing the French social order. Given the important role ...

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