The intention of Special Issues is to tackle questions –the thornier the better -arising from the global Higher Education agenda (as defined by both policy-makers and researchers). Priority domains include governance and leadership, R&D and innovation management, the academic profession, the changing demographics of international students, financing, innovative approaches to teaching and learning and the concerns of specific groups such as students, women graduates and the challenges faced by certain regions and national contexts due to socio-economic change or the instance of disruptive social conflict.These areas and topics of interest are then shaped into working titles, which provide the specific orientation of each issue.
We are calling this the Global Agenda because Tertiary/Higher Education has long been a key part of the global economy and all countries are facing similar challenges to ensure that they are performing with optimal competitiveness in this fast-moving environment. When a nation fails to keep pace with this situation, this is extremely detrimental to the social and equitable advancement of its citizens.
The process from the negotiation of a priority topic or area to the actual Special Issue title aims to ensure that the focus is both current and forward-looking in order to generate maximum interest and readership.
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