Construir a paz nas mentes dos homens e das mulheres

Higher education...and after?

Once upon a time students belonged to a small elite for whom a university degree was the passport into an educated caste which held the keys to knowledge. Today they number millions. Nearly every country in the world is offering higher education to more and more young people each year. But for what purpose? What are these students looking for? A stairway to higher social status? The guarantee of a good job? Universities and other higher education institutions must be tuned in to the demands of the job market and changing societies. Faced with new challenges, higher education still has a long way to go before it can offer students the opportunities they are seeking and which the world’s economies, in North and South alike, seem less and less able to provide.

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September 1998