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Profit, Not-for-profit higher education, why it should not matter.

August 19, 2014


There is a relatively constant and accepted view that higher education should be not-for-profit and that for profit institutions are necessarily bad. I always wondered why we have this specific view for higher education, largely endorsed by the media. One of the main reasons I think is that we consider education as a common good, […]

Is higher education the last industry where the final customers (companies) are not paying? (a controversial post)

January 29, 2013


The short term aim of higher education is to provide graduates who will be ready to be employed by companies and organisations. As such, the final customer has never been the student but the companies. And outside of rare exceptions, companies are not directly paying for that. In light of the mounting debts for graduates […]

PISA, TIMSS and higher education, a missing link and a pending disaster for many countries?

January 18, 2013


The recent release of the TIMSS ranking (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Survey) generated as usual lots of articles on the “good” and “bad” education systems and how it can jeopardise the economy of a country. But is that really the case? I did a little exercise, using the PISA 2009 results (PISA is […]

How to translate Value in Higher Education?

September 22, 2011


Recently, because of the questions raised both in the US and in UK on the outcomes of investing in university studies (see for example the Financial Times article on the OECD report: ), the concept of value has emerged in the discussion on the future of higher education. I think it is important to […]