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5.3 EDUCATIONAL SCIENCES
Our preoccupation with the relative standing of universities and national education systems—illustrated by the growing popularity and obsession with university rankings—reflects the consensus that higher education is essential for economic growth, global competitiveness and a civil society. Universities and nations are being measured according to indicators of global capacity and potential in which comparative and competitive advantages come into play. The more globalization drives a single market in education, as it does in most goods and services, the more higher education is a beacon for investment and talent—the more this kind of barometer is inevitable.
Hazelkorn, H.:Three Key Challenges Facing Higher Education and Policymakers. NextSpace, Vol. 19, 2012, p.18-19