Comparing higher education reforms in Finland and Portugal: different contexts, same solutions?

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Kauko , J & Diogo , S 2011 , ' Comparing higher education reforms in Finland and Portugal: different contexts, same solutions? ' , Higher education management and policy : journal of the Programme on Institutional Management in Higher Education , vol. 23 , no. 3 , pp. 115-133 . https://doi.org/10.1787/17269822

Title: Comparing higher education reforms in Finland and Portugal: different contexts, same solutions?
Author: Kauko, Jaakko; Diogo, Sara
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Behavioural Sciences
Date: 2011
Language: eng
Number of pages: 19
Belongs to series: Higher education management and policy : journal of the Programme on Institutional Management in Higher Education
ISSN: 1682-3451
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/29940
Abstract: This article provides a comparative analysis of recent governance reforms in both Finnish and Portuguese higher education institutions (HEIs), following the OECD’s recent reviews of both countries’ tertiary education systems. While in the case of Finland the major problem was identified as being a lack of entrepreneurialism, Portugal was considered to lack effective, strategic higher education planning as well as innovative, flexible and responsive HEIs. The review teams pointed to common issues, despite different country contexts. As they recommended very similar solutions for reforming the legal status of universities, this encouraged national governments to undertake reforms according to their specific needs. By pinpointing problems, the OECD was seen to play an important role in this process and its recommendations proved to be close to the ideas of new public management.
Subject: 516 Educational sciences
Comparative research
517 Political science
Higher education
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