By Carmelo Mazza, Paolo Quattrone, Angelo Riccaboni
This well timed and demanding booklet presents a severe research of the adjustments and demanding situations that at present impact ecu universities. utilizing either theoretical contributions and utilized case experiences, major specialists argue that universities as associations are wanting swap - even if the routes that the method may possibly take are heterogeneous. The authors debate even if the reform of universities suffers from the undue impact of generalisations that don't face up to scrutiny. it's just too slender to target ideas reminiscent of imitating a 'university model', hoping that top practices will remedy the inefficiencies of the company as an entire, or hoping on the presence of few exterior members at the universities' board to save lots of the tricky relationships among the college and the encompassing economic climate and society. those principles forget about the variety of universities geographically and traditionally. exceptionally, they underestimate the facility that such range holds in making universities live to tell the tale throughout centuries. Researchers with an curiosity in college reform will delight in this significant contribution to the controversy, while policymakers and college directors will locate this ebook helpful in knowing the alterations and difficulties dealing with eu universities and gaining insights on attainable recommendations.
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European Universities in Transition: Issues, Models and Cases by Carmelo Mazza, Paolo Quattrone, Angelo Riccaboni