A Chance for European Universities,: Or, Avoiding the Looming University Crisis in Europe

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Amsterdam University Press, 2010 - Education - 224 pages
Though Europe’s universities are very well represented among the world’s top 200 universities, they are almost entirely absent from the top fifty. In this impassioned book, Jo Ritzen argues that European universities are economically, culturally, and socially underexploited, and he outlines a series of changes necessary to make these institutions more successful. He advocates reorganizing universities to favor innovation over bureaucracy, securing financing from private sources to meet the gaps left by public budget cuts, and matching and selecting students with an eye toward effectively educating for an international labor market. With such reinvention, universities would become instrumental to strengthening the European competitive position through economic innovation, increased social cohesion, and a more vibrant cultural dynamism.
 

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Contents

List of Tables
17
List of Abbreviations
19
List of Country Abbreviations
23
Chapter 1 Introduction
25
Chapter 2 The Looming Crisis
39
Chapter 3 Challenges
75
Europe has a Chance
91
Chapter 5 Stop the Financial Strangling of European universities
137
the context
159
Chapter 7 The Future of European Universities
189
Chapter 8 Appendix A
197
Chapter 9 Appendix B
199
Chapter 10 Appendix C
201
Chapter 11 Bibliography
207
Notes
223
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About the author (2010)

\Jo Ritzen is president of Maastricht University in the Netherlands. He is former vice president of the World Bank’s Development Economics Department and former Minister of Education, Culture and Science of the Netherlands.

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