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Globalisation and Higher Education in Pakistan

Higher education in Pakistan is being restructured as a result of the neoliberal reform currently in process. As with other areas, these reforms are also influencing ideas about the role of universities and the policy framework underlying higher education. But while the crisis of quantity and quality in university education needs to be addressed, the reform process emphasises privatisation and self-financing through higher fees. This shortsighted approach has dire social and political consequences and undermines the notion of higher education as a public good.

T he globalisation of higher education and the changes in the knowledge economy provide a backdrop against which national policies relating to higher education in Pakistan may be located. The purpose of this paper is to review and analyse some of the changes that have taken place in the Pakistani higher education system in the last five decades. The current institutional, curricular and fiscal reforms are aimed at modifying the structure and functions of universities in the national economy to strengthen them for competition in the global knowledge economy. These reforms will be analysed to argue for a more balanced perspective on the public financing of higher education than is evident in the restructuring of higher education in Pakistan.

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