A Chance for European Universities

Or: Avoiding the Looming University Crisis in Europe

Jo Ritzen

A Chance for European Universities
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Jo Ritzen

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

224 pages | 6 3/10 x 9 1/2 | © 2010
Paper $32.95 ISBN: 9789089642295 Published February 2011 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

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.

Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
Executive Summary
List of Figures
List of Tables
List of Abbreviations
List of Country Abbreviations

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: The Looming Crisis
Chapter 3: Challenges
Chapter 4: The Battle for Talent: Europe has a Chance
Chapter 5: Stop the Financial Suffocation of European Universities
Chapter 6: Give Innovation a Chance: The Context
Chapter 7: The Future of European Universities: An Action Plan

Bibliography
Index
     Persons
     General

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