New book: a national perspective on changes occurring in European HE

Dr Ludovic Highman has written a new book entitled The European Union’s Modernisation Agenda for Higher Education and the Case of Ireland.

The book offers a national perspective on the complex changes occurring in European higher education systems.

The Lisbon European Council in 2000 set an ambitious target for the Union to become ‘the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world’ with important ramifications for higher education systems and institutions, because of the key role they play in driving innovation and producing knowledge.

How this objective at the EU level has been understood and implemented at Member State level is the focus of this volume. It provides fresh insights into higher education policy making within the European institutions and Ireland that could provide a blueprint for understanding higher education reforms in other European countries.

The evidence indicates that the centre of gravity of decision-making in relation to higher education policy is shifting and can no longer be understood without looking to the European Commission’s ‘modernisation’ agenda for higher education, and to research funding opportunities under the current Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (Horizon 2020): both crucial tools for working towards achieving the Europe 2020 goals.

The European Union’s Modernisation Agenda for Higher Education and the Case of Ireland is published by Peter Lang, in its College of Europe Studies series.