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Pavel Zgaga, The role of higher education centres in research and policy: a case from a European periphery, Studies in Higher Education, Routledge – Taylor and Francis group, 2014. Pages: 13
This article focuses on higher education research and policies in small and/or peripheral countries that usually occupy a marginal position in contemporary international debates. The region discussed here is South-eastern Europe and especially the Western Balkans. First, an outline of emerging research centres and the developments in higher education research over the past two decades is given. The original survey carried out in 2012 is discussed and the problems that have occurred in the policy transfer from ‘centres’ to the ‘periphery’ and the policy transformation in local contexts are analysed. In the final section, specific problems in the development of higher education in the region arising from the dichotomy between the ambition for the nation-building and pressures of the global market are discussed.