Higher education systems in large, emergent countries are unique in their cultures, history and development, but have, at the same time, a set of shared circumstances. All face the multidimensional and interrelated challenges of rapid expansion, quality improvement and equity of access at a scale and pace never experienced by any other government in the past.
These common features offer opportunities to exchange knowledge and learn from each other. But how much are systems a reflection of their specific cultural and social evolutions and are policy approaches from one country relevant to another?
This session launches a report drawing on discussions, debates and knowledge sharing over the last year between policy makers and advisers in nine of the largest higher education systems in the world: Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Russia, the UK and USA. Three key challenges emerge - governance, funding and quality. We ask:
- How are experiences and policy interventions in one country relevant to others?
- How have cultural and social dimensions shaped the evolution of their approaches?
- What areas of cooperation do policy makers seek?