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The International Encyclopedia of Higher Education Systems and Institutions

Editors: Editors-in-chief: Nuno Teixeira, Pedro, Shin, Jung-Cheol
Amaral, A., Bernasconi, A., Magalhaes, A.M., Kehm, B.M., Stensaker, B., Choi, E., Balbachevsky, E., Hunter, F., Goastellec, G., Mohamedbhai, G., de Wit, H., Välimaa, J., Rumbley, L., Unangst, L., Klemencic, M., Langa, P., Yang, R., Nokkala, T. (Eds.)

  • Provides a rich diversity of scholarly views
  • Offers indispensible comparative analyses
  • Covers the entire spectrum of higher education from a geographical, a topical and a disciplinary perspective
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This authoritative reference source covers all higher education themes in a comprehensive, accessible and comparative way. It maps the field for the twenty first century reflecting the massive changes that have occurred and the challenges ahead for future research. It provides a rich diversity of scholarly perspectives and covers the entire spectrum of higher education from a geographical, a topical and disciplinary perspective. It is unrivaled in its capacity to go beyond national boundaries and provides indispensible comparative analyses.

The major reference works available about higher education have been published more than two decades ago and since then higher education has undergone major changes that have resulted in a much larger, diverse, global, and multidimensional reality. One of the main trends has been relentless expansion on a worldwide scale. This has led to mass higher education becoming a reality across continents, substantial growth in the number of countries with universal access to higher education, and great diversification of the student body.  The tremendous increase in the international links in higher education, through issues such as training, students’ mobility, staff mobility, research activities, is another major change. The consequence is a global dimension that is strongly associated with the intensification of international networks in which institutions and researchers explore, create and share knowledge. As a result of the changes and trends, higher education has increasingly become part of debates that highlight its complexity as an institution that combines relevant political, social, economic, and cultural purposes and dimensions. Asked to play important and varied economic and social roles, higher education has had to reshape its priorities, and organizational and decision-making structures. The growth and increased complexity of the field have both led to more attention being paid to all aspects of higher education and to the expansion of research.

About the authors

Editorial Board:

Pedro Nuno Teixeira (Editor-in-Chief) CIPES, Faculty of Economics, University of Porto, Portugal 

Jung Cheol Shin (Editor-in-Chief) Department of Education, Seoul National University, Seoul, Republic of Korea


Alberto Amaral, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal

Elizabeth Balbachevsky, University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

Andres Bernasconi, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Santiago, Chile

Edward Choi, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, U.S.A.

Hans De Wit, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, USA

Gaële Goastellec, University of Lausanne, OSPS, LACCUS, Lausanne, Switzerland

Fiona Hunter, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano, Italy

Barbara M. Kehm, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, United Kingdom

Manja Klemenčič, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA

Patricio Langa, University of the Western Cape, Bellville, Republic of South Africa

António Magalhães, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal

Goolam Mohamedbhai, University of Mauritius, Moka, Mauritius

Terhi Nokkala, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Laura Rumbley, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, USA

Bjørn Stensaker, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway

Lisa Unangst, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, U.S.A.

Jussi Välimaa, University ofJyväskylä, Jyväskylä, Finland

Rui Yang, Hong Kong University, Pokfulam, Hong Kong

Dr. Jung Cheol Shin is a Professor at Seoul National University. He served for the Korea Ministry of Education about 20 years. His research interests are higher education policy, knowledge and social development, and academic profession. He is co-editor in Chief of the book series Knowledge Studies in Higher Education (Springer). He is an editorial board member of Studies in Higher Education, Tertiary Education and Management, and Journal of Educational Administration. His book publications include University Rankings (2011), Institutionalization of World-Class University (2012), Teaching and Research in Contemporary Higher education (2014), The Future of the Post-Massified University at the Crossroads (2014), Mass Higher Education Development in East Asia (2015), and Doctoral Education for the Knowledge Society (2018).

Pedro N. Teixeira is an Associate Professor at the Department of Economics at the University of Porto and Director of CIPES (Centre of Research on Higher Education Policy).He holds a PhD in Economics (Exeter University, UK), a Masters in the Economics of Higher Education at CHEPS (University of Twente, The Netherlands), and a BA in Economics (University of Porto). His research interests focus on the economics of higher education, notably on markets and privatisation, and the development of human capital as a research program. He is the author "Jacob Mincer - A Founding Father of Modern Labour Economics" (Oxford UP, 2007), which was the first volume of the IZA Prize Series and was awarded in 2009 the Best Book Prize by the European Society of History of Economic Thought. He has also co-edited the following three volumes: "Markets in Higher Education - Reality or Rhetoric?"(Kluwer, 2004), "Cost-Sharing and Accessibility in Higher Education - A Fairer

Deal?"(Springer, 2006), and "Public Vices, Private Virtues? assessing the Effects of Marketization in Higher Education" (Sense, 2011). He has also published several articles and book chapters on the history of economic thought and on the economics of higher education. He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in December 2003.

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Book Title
The International Encyclopedia of Higher Education Systems and Institutions
  • Pedro Nuno Teixeira
  • Jung-Cheol Shin
  • Alberto Amaral
  • Andres Bernasconi
  • António M. Magalhaes
  • Barbara M. Kehm
  • Bjorn Stensaker
  • Edward Choi
  • Elizabeth Balbachevsky
  • Fiona Hunter
  • Gaele Goastellec
  • Goolam Mohamedbhai
  • Hans de Wit
  • Jussi Välimaa
  • Laura Rumbley
  • Lisa Unangst
  • Manja Klemencic
  • Patricio Langa
  • Rui Yang
  • Terhi Nokkala
Springer Netherlands
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Springer Nature B.V.
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Number of Pages
LII, 2767
Number of Illustrations
41 b/w illustrations, 139 illustrations in colour