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Mapping the higher education landscape

van Vugt, F. (Ed.) Mapping the Higher Education Landscape. Towards a European Classification of Higher Education. Springer, 2009. ISBN: 978-90-481-2248-6. Pages: 170.

This book discusses and criticises the existing one dimensional and aggregated international ranking models and suggests an interesting and exciting new approach of multi-dimensional mapping of higher education institutions. The text gives readers a window on the process of developing a new approach to creating effective transparency in the diversity of higher education systems. It describes the conceptual, practical and methodological frameworks relevant to this new approach, whose development was based on theoretical and empirical literature on diversity in higher education. The authors report on the design methodology and research that were applied to develop the new instrument and also place it in the context of current supranational and national higher education policies.