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Archived Curricula Guide 2011–2012
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HALL4230 The Economic and International/Global Dimension of Higher Education 15 ECTS
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Administrative Science
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Course is available for:
  • Major subject students

General description

This course is offered at the University of Aveiro. This course consists of two units: Unit 1: Higher Education Economics and Unit 2: Globalization, Internationalization and the Knowledge society

Learning outcomes

The aim of Unit 1 is to provide students with a theoretical foundation of the economic dimension of higher education. Amongst other things, the aim is to increase the students' understanding of the importance of the economic dimension of higher education in the framework of the international discussions on the knowledge society/economy. As an important element in this, students will also learn the nature and importance of the current 'privatization' trend in higher education. The aim of Unit 2 is to provide the students with a theoretical foundation concerning the main internationalization and globalization trends in higher education.


Unit 1: Higher Education Economics. The economics of higher education will be the topic of this unit, implying that topics such as the following will be addressed: the meaning and implications of the 'economization' of higher education and higher education policies, changes in public and private funding patterns of higher education, the rapid changes in relationships between higher education and the world of work amidst moves towards a knowledge society, the growing importance of lifelong learning and the trend toward globalisation of economy and society. Unit 2: Globalization, Internationalization and the Knowledge society. This unit will identify and analyse the impact of globalisation/internationalization trends and the demands of the knowledge society on higher education. Key issues will include: the changing role of national governments in the coordination of higher education systems, multi-level policy formulation and implementation, the effects of increasing (global) competition (e.g. on the various functions of higher education and on institutional and programme diversity) and strategies for organisational adaptation.

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online

Teaching language


Modes of study

Two essays The student is required to write one paper for each unit based on the literature and the lectures/seminars. Each paper should not be more than 7 pages in length.


Numeric 1-5.

Recommended year of study

2. year autumn

Study materials

All students have to study a compendium consisting of the core literature for the two units (about 900 pages in total).

Belongs to following study modules

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School of Management