The financing of universities


Higher Education as a quality public service with strong social commitment is a necessary condition for inclusive sustainable development of nations. Although history demonstrates this certainty over time and across the nations, higher education is at a crossroads. On the one hand, world development is led by the so called knowledge society and nations, as well as individuals need to face it with quality higher education. This helps to explain the unprecedented expansion of higher education systems worldwide. But on the other hand, most countries and societies in the world have not been able to match than expansion with sufficient financial resources.

  • Damtew Teferra

    Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Higher Education in Africa and Director of the International Network for Higher Education in Africa.

  • Bruce Johnstone

    Professor of Higher and Comparative Education at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

  • Jandhyala B. G. Tilak

    Professor & Head. Educational Finance Department, National University of Educational Planning and Administration. New Delhi, India. Professor Jandhyala B. G. Tilak share with us some ideas and reflections about private and public higher education models.

  • Bikas C. Sanyal

    In this review of global funding trends in higher education (HE), Bikas C. Sanyal, expresses the view that it is impossible to stop private institutions coming into HE because the public sector cannot provide for the enormous demand. Bikas Sanyal believes that UNESCO should concentrate on...



  • UNESCO. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • The Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP)

Sponsored by

  • Generalitat de Catalunya. Ministry of Business and Employment. Department of Research and Universities
  • Generalitat de Catalunya. Ministry for Foreign Action and Open Government