Higher Education: The Engine of Development

  • Colin Power
Part of the Education in the Asia-Pacific Region: Issues, Concerns and Prospects book series (EDAP, volume 27)


By definition, higher education is primarily concerned with the transmission and development of knowledge at the most advanced levels of learning and research. Historically, the prime functions of the university have been teaching, research and community service. Deep down universities still see themselves as a fountain of knowledge and reason for a better world, as serving as the custodians of knowledge, culture and enlightenment. Nostalgic as that view may be, universities have survived for more than 800 years, largely because they constantly reinvent themselves while seeking to retain their core academic values.


Higher education Autonomy Globalisation Internationalisation Reform Quality assurance League tables International co-operation Open access ICT 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Colin Power
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  1. 1.University of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia

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