An expert meeting on “Globalisation, Market forces and the Future of higher education” was held in Lisbon, on 4-5 May 2006.
Twenty experts and stakeholders from 12 countries met in Lisbon to discuss the possible impacts of globalization/internationalisation and of the rise of markets and quasi-markets in higher education as well as the key drivers of change in these areas. The meeting was generously hosted by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education of Portugal. It was divided into four sessions:
The meeting was mainly based on brainstorming and interactive discussion.
Some conclusions from the meeting:
A more detailed report and the background papers will be posted on CERI website later this year.
A larger seminar on “University futures” was also hosted by the Gulbenkian Foundation on May 4th., convening key actors and stakeholders of Portuguese higher education. The aim of the meeting was to introduce different types of work carried out by the OECD, including thematic reviews, and to discuss of the transformative impact of globalization on higher education. It was opened by Eduardo Marçal Grilo (Gulbenkian Foundation) and Manuel Heitor (Secretary of State for Science, Technology and Higher Education of Portugal), and closed by the Portuguese Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, José Mariano Gago. They emphasized the key role of international analysis and comparison in taking forward national policies.