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This extended essay looks at higher education in Europe and broad issues of its role and the development of individual institutions. Chapter 1, "Higher Education and an Evolving Europe," discusses the "Memorandum on Higher Education in the European Community" which urged higher education institutions to adapt to evolving, modern, European conditions. There follows a discussion of the current implementation of the Memorandum's recommendations. Chapter 2, "New Challenges and Good Reputations," argues that institutions will not compromise their quality by addressing contemporary challenges but will, through improved quality in both research and teaching, both respond to society's current needs and qualify as a good university in the next century. The balance of the chapter touches on the role of the university and of the intellectual in moral and social debates of the time. Chapter 3, "A Basic and General Education," asks whether universities will be able to maintain or restore a basic and general education as a value in its own right with an ethical dimension. The author argues that market pressures suggest that universities should profile and promote their individual assets or strong points. Contains seven references. (JB)

Descriptors: College Faculty, College Instruction, College Role, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Institutional Advancement, Institutional Autonomy, Institutional Characteristics, Profiles, Public Relations, School Community Relationship, Social Change, Universities

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Autor: Perre, J. Van der


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