Two key partners – (2) higher education
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This chapter shows why crisis in higher education (HE) and the demise of the public university are so much in the air. Two essential similar questions arise in relation to the other main partner in the chapter, higher education: what is the scope of HE and how do national and global forces affect the situation? New ideas and language for the HE sector include the concept of 'tertiary', embracing all post-secondary education, training and human resource development (HRD). Skills-oriented tertiary colleges as well as universities may think and recruit internationally; seeking market niches where they can do well. In some countries they also influence national policy and behaviour for whole tertiary systems across all institutional types. The global and national policy environments of the early twenty-first century have generally become less hospitable to regional engagement, even while the need becomes more pressing.

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