1st Edition

International Organizations and Higher Education Policy Thinking Globally, Acting Locally?

    328 Pages
    by Routledge

    324 Pages
    by Routledge

    Higher Education operates in an increasingly global context, and yet the examination of what drives and moves the field has remained largely focused on domestic campus leaders, national governments and institutional actors. International Organizations and Higher Education Policy expands the analysis to include the global drivers behind higher education policy, including a full array of influential organizations such as the World Bank, UNESCO, OECD, WTO, bilateral aid agencies and major private foundations. The significance of these organizations is especially pronounced in the developing world, where the expansion of higher education is happening in conjunction with the broadening influence of globalization.

    International Organizations and Higher Education Policy critically analyses the impact that these influential organizations have at different levels of policy development and implementation around the world. It examines their role in higher education institutions, examines the strength of these relationships, and exposes both the positive and negative implications.

    This edited volume is composed of scholars and members of these organizations from around the world. They address:

    • How international organizations represent the interests of the developed world and subsequently have an impact on the developing world.
    • How these organizations drive and shape the global agenda for higher education
    • How higher education as an international industry is subject to a myriad of influences, from the international to the regional level
    • What ethical issues emerge when international organizations intervene in national policy-making processes.

    Section 1: Introduction: The history and influence of multinational/regional organizations and regimes (all terms will be explained and defined) on higher education

    Section 2: Multilateral Organizations/Regimes:

    Chapter 1: UNESCO: Worldwide and regional scopes

    (Potential author: Stamenka Uvalic-Trumbic, UNESCO)

    Chapter 2: UNESCO: A critical revision on its influence in higher education (potential author Alma Maldonado-Maldonado, Univ. of Arizona)

    Chapter 3: OECD: Programmes, Centres, and other bodies investigating issues related to higher education

    (potential author Stephan Vincent-Lancrin, OECD)

    Chapter 4: OECD: Mechanisms of influence and critical analysis of its impact in higher education

    (Potential author: Miriam Henry, Queensland University of Technology, Red Hill, Australia)


    Chapter 5: The World Bank: Its role in higher education since 1944

    (Likely authors: Jamil Salmi & Rick Hopper, The World Bank)

    Chapter 6 The World Bank and its higher education initiatives: A critical view

    (Potential author: Joel Samoff, Stanford University)

    Chapter 7: The WTO: Higher education possibilities

    (Potential author: Jane Knight, OISE, Toronto)

    Chapter 8: The GATS: Current debate and situation

    (Likely author: Roberta Malee Bassett)

    Chapter 9: International organizations and bilateral aid: National interests and transnational agendas (Likely authors: Brendan Cantwell and Alma Maldonado-Maldonado, University of Arizona,)

    Section 3: Regional Actors:

    Chapter 10: Asia/Oceana

    (Potential author: Simon Marginson, University of Melbourne)

    Chapter 11: Europe

    (Potential author: Pedro Lourtie, Instituto Superior—Lisbon)

    Chapter 12: Latin America

    (Potential author: Carmen García-Guadilla, Center for Development Studies, Central University of Venezuela)

    Chapter 13: Africa

    (Likely author: Damtew Teferra, The Ford Foundation and The Journal of Higher Education in Africa)

    Chapter 14: Inter-American/Asian/African Development Bank

    (Potential author: Suganya Hutaserani, Asian Development Bank)

    Chapter 15: Regional Banks in the shadow of the World Bank: A critical examination

    Chapter 16: Regional initiatives: Balancing local priorities or legitimizing global influences?

    Section 4: Internationally/Regionally Active Foundations:

    Chapter 17: Foundations sponsoring higher education initiatives and individuals

    (Potential author, Daniel Levy, SUNY Albany)

    Chapter 18: Altruism, interventionism or cooperation? Analytical discussion on Foundations supporting higher education

    Section 5: Conclusions: Between the NGO’s, international organizations and corporations, where are the Nation-States?


    Roberta Malee Bassett is currently serving as a higher education specialist with the World Bank, in Washington, DC.

    Alma Maldonado-Maldonado is assistant professor at the Center for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Arizona.

    "The editors of this volume have given the international higher education community a valuable resource as we enter the second decade of the 21st century. This book has the potential to serve as a tool for nation states, regional consortiums, and international organizations as they consider their roles in the regulation, direction, and funding of higher education. I highly recommend it as a text in graduate-level courses in higher education and international education and could make the case that international organizations use the book as a resource to better navigate the sometimes difficult landscape of working with and understanding higher education on the national, regional, and global levels."--The Review of Higher Education, Volume 33, Number 4, Summer 2010, pp. 604-606