From Access to Success: Closing the Knowledge Divide

from access to success

Papers from EAN's 19th Annual Conference
at Södertörn University, Stockholm, Sweden.
14th - 16th June 2010

Edited by Michael Cooper, Executive Director, EAN
Published by the European Access Network, London, U.K. 2011.

Terms such as ‘an educated workforce’ and ’employability’ are playing an increasingly significant role in arguments for and against the type of higher education institutions should be offering. Whilst there is no doubt that these are important considerations, they are definitely not the only aspects that should be taken into account when a society is planning the type of education it wishes to offer its citizens. For a society to be successful, these short-term goals must be complemented with a commitment to developing the lives of citizens and thus the wellbeing of society in a longer perspective. An essential role of higher education, then, is to provide every citizen with an opportunity to gain a relevant and appropriate education. Further, this must be seen in a global perspective, where the mission of institutions extends beyond national borders in a process of benefit to all, irrespective of where they happen to live.

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