Higher Education for and beyond the Sustainable Development Goals

  • Tristan McCowan

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Global Higher Education book series (PSGHE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Part I

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
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      Pages 3-26
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  3. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 147-147
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      Pages 149-173
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  4. Part III

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 249-249
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  5. Back Matter
    Pages 321-359

About this book


This book analyses the role of the university in working towards the Sustainable Development Goals. In contrast to the previous Millennium Development Goals, higher education is seen to have a crucial role in this new agenda. Yet how can the university fulfil these weighty expectations, and are the dominant trends in higher education supporting or undermining this vision? This book draws on the idea of the ‘developmental university’, a model characterised by its porous boundaries with society and commitment to teaching, research and community engagement in the public interest. The author examines case studies from Latin America, Africa and other regions to analyse how this model can be revived, countering recent trends of marketisation, status competition and unbundling. The book also considers alternatives to the developmental model drawing on indigenous knowledge systems, looking beyond the SDG framework to the creation of a new form of society. This timely volume will be of interest and value to those working in the field of sustainable development, and to students and scholars of comparative education, international development and higher education studies. 



Future of Higher Education Developing countries Tertiary Education Sustainable development International development Sustainable development goals

Authors and affiliations

  • Tristan McCowan
    • 1
  1. 1.UCL Institute of EducationLondonUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-19596-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-19597-7
  • Series Print ISSN 2662-4214
  • Series Online ISSN 2662-4222
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