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Exploring the social dimensions of the EHEA and clarifying the content of considering higher education a public good. Eric Froment European University Association Athens 19 February 2003. European Universities are constantly working at three levels.

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Eric froment european university association athens 19 february 2003

Exploring the social dimensions of the EHEA and clarifying the content of considering higher education a public good

Eric Froment

European University Association

Athens

19 February 2003


European universities are constantly working at three levels

European Universities are constantly working at three levels

The natural academic space: the world

The natural regulatory space: the nation

a new space under construction: Europe


At the same time universities have often to deal with two dimensions in he

At the same time Universities have often to deal with two dimensions in HE

The continuing need for a social dimension : a tradition to be maintained

The pressure of commercialisation: a new force to be considered

How to find the right balance? Or what place for economic factors in the social dimension


In addition now there is globalisation

In addition, now there is Globalisation

Fundamentally, international activities come naturally to academics but have no deep economic roots.

More recently, globalisation has become a phenomenon that is upsetting social activities. But pushing behind globalisation is economics

what is the impact of economics on higher education activities (international or not)?


He and internationalisation

HE and internationalisation

Fundamentally, international activities come naturally to academics.

Therefore it is essential:

To encourage these activities

To overcome obstacles

To promote partnerships and mutual support

Economic factors were and are not dominant


Globalisation and economics

Globalisation and Economics

More recently, globalisation has become a phenomenon that is “upsetting” social activities

Globalisation is the result of:

Technical change and the “shrinking of the world”.

The logic of economics and the unification of the world through the “market”.


Globalisation economics and he

Globalisation, Economics and HE

How are activities in the higher education sector affected?

Distinguish between the growing influence of economics on these activities from the economic analysis of these activities.

Discuss the legitimacy and the contribution of such concepts as “commerce”, “services” , “customers” etc...


The need for equilibrium

THE NEED for EQUILIBRIUM

Social dimension of HE cannot be reduced to economics

Take into account economic factors and concept when adapting HE to the evolution of society

But at same time defend the role of non economic values which constitute the core of HE and are also needed by the society to reinforce social cohesion


The need for equilibrium1

The NEED FOR EQUILIBRIUM

HE has to be more open to economic factors

Introduce the need for efficiency and effectiveness, quality of services

Implement applied research through contracts

Take into account students’ employability and labour market’ needs


The need for equilibrium2

The NEED for EQUILIBRIUM

But at the same time HE must further the social dimension :

Critical thinking and of open-mindedness in students to contribute to democratic society

Not-for-profit activities to contribute to social cohesion

Blue-sky research and non-income generating research to contribute to knowledge development

sustainable(i.e.long-term) employment


The need for continuum

THE NEED for CONTINUUM

Continuum means

Transmission of social values to the next generation

Need for openness: promotion of the widest possible access to HEI if you want to consolidate society


The need for continuum and access to he

The NEED for CONTINUUM and Access to HE

Access has to be effective

For entering Higher Education

And for mobility in Europe

It means institutional support for students to give equal chance to succeed in academic and professional life

Institutions have to be evaluated also through their added value in educating disadvantage students

Has access to be free for all?


Europe and the public good

Europe and the public good

European Ministers in Prague supported “the idea that Higher Education should be considered a public good…”

European Universities are ready to work for the public good

So the stress puts on “public dimension” in HE in Europe should be one characteristic of EHEA and avoid any attempt to let the “market” regulates EHEA


Europe and the public good1

Europe and the public good

Promote social dimension means

Main focus on Equilibrium: Counterbalancing economic forces domination and short term tendency in modern society

Develop Highest access possible to HE for young people

But how to make it a reality?


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