Recognized as the leading international journal on higher education studies, this publication examines educational developments throughout the world in universities, polytechnics, colleges, and vocational and education institutions. It reports on developments in both public and private higher education sectors.

Higher Education features contributions from leading scholars from different countries who tackle the problems of teachers as well as students, and of planners as well as administrators. It presents authoritative overview articles, comparative studies and analyses of particular problems or issues.

While each higher education system has its own distinctive features, common problems and issues are shared internationally by researchers, teachers and institutional leaders. Higher Education offers opportunities for the exchange of research results, experience and insights, and provides a forum for ongoing discussion between experts.

  • Examines educational developments throughout the world in universities, polytechnics, colleges, and other higher education institutions
  • Analyses developments in both public and private higher education sectors
  • Features contributions from leading scholars from different countries who tackle the problems of teachers and researchers as well as students, and of planners as well as administrators
  • Presents authoritative overview articles, comparative studies and analyses of particular problems or issues
  • Provides a forum for ongoing discussion between experts
  • 91% of authors who answered a survey reported that they would definitely publish or probably publish in the journal again

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  • Brendan Cantwell,
  • Jenni Case,
  • Simon Marginson
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2.856 (2019)
Impact factor
3.378 (2019)
Five year impact factor
48 days
Submission to first decision
253 days
Submission to acceptance
698,565 (2019)
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