This chapter aims to provide a brief portrait of the main trends in European higher education governance and the major policy and institutional challenges derived from them. It begins with an examination of the terminology of ‘governance’ at institutional and system level. Then, the authors reflect on European developments in the context both of drivers for change and wider global developments in governance. The third section briefly discusses some emerging themes and issues in higher education governance in Europe, which are explored in depth in a series of related chapters. The last section highlights a range of challenges that exist for governments, agencies and higher education providers as they seek to ensure that governance systems are responsive and appropriate for changing environmental conditions in Europe and in a global context.
more resources & activities