Higher Education in the Global Age

Discussions on globalization now routinely focus on the economic impact of developing countries in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, the former Soviet Union and Latin America. Only twenty-five years ago, many developing countries were largely closed societies. Today, the growing power of “emerging markets” is reordering the geopolitical landscape. On a purchasing power parity basis, emerging economies now constitute half of the world’s economic activity. Financial markets too are seeing growing integration: Asia now accounts for 1/3 of world stock markets, more than double that of just 15 years ago. Given current trajectories, most economists predict that China and India alone will account for half of global output by 2050 (almost a complete return to their positions prior to the Industrial Revolution). How is higher education shaping and being shaped by these massive tectonic shifts? As education rises as a geopolitical priority, it has converged with discussions on economic policy and a global labor market. As part of the Routledge Studies in Emerging Societies series, this edited collection focuses on the globalization of higher education, particularly the increasing symbiosis between advanced and developing countries. Bringing together senior scholars, journalists, and practitioners from around the world, this collection explores the relatively new and changing higher education landscape.



" As a global discourse emerges around global education, we will continue on the path towards placing education at the center of questions about what constitutes our nascent and evolving global culture. This book is a vital contribution to that emerging conversation."

- Parag Khanna, from the Foreword


"Higher Education in the Global Age puts human capital front and center, right where it should be, in the next chapter of globalization. What policies on higher education should emerging economies consider in an interconnected world where education can both close and intensify socio-economic gaps? This important and timely book takes a hard look at the positive and negative roles that the globalization of higher education can play in politics, income inequality, culture, geopolitical power, innovation, and economic growth."

- Michele Wucker, President, World Policy Institute


"Higher Education in the Global Age, edited by Daniel Araya and Peter Marber, asks a fundamental question about the role, status and global reach of higher education in an era where BRICS and newly emerging societies increasingly dominate the world economy. This book maps the emerging global territories of HE in regions and countries around the world providing the appropriate context to explore themes like the internationalization, regionalization and privatization, and policy and practice in global HE. The book is wide-ranging in geography, analytical in method, and robust in terms of the long-term geopolitics. The contributors are a group of well-known and distinguished scholars who address themselves to the big questions. It is a superb addition to the literature and should be read widely."

- Michael A. Peters, Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois