Special Issue – Contemporary Challenges in the Field of Higher Education

Call for Papers


Submissions are invited for publication in the next issues of the Journal of Research in Higher Education, published by Babeș-Bolyai University and edited by the Qualitas Centre (Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Dan Florentin CHIRIBUCĂ).

In 2017, a study published by Deloitte identified seven main challenges facing higher education sector in UK which are just as valid at global level in 2015 and beyond, namely:

  • operating in a global market,
  • Increasing costs and shifting funding,
  • rising student expectations,
  • a demand and need for new technologies,
  • linking estates, strategy and the students,
  • attracting and retaining the best talent, and
  • making research sustainable.

They concluded that the “higher education sector must transform further in order to adapt to the seven key issues facing it.” How are these challenges and transformations reflected at institutional, national and regional level?

However, in a volume published in 1999, Peter Darvas warned that global higher education issues and trends might have a limited impact in Central and Eastern Europe and that “some institutional and systemic challenges in transitional societies exceed anything advanced countries have ever faced” (p. 80). Nevertheless, “the relationship between growth, diversification of programs and institutional development is less frequently analysed or considered” (p. 82).

Other resources that address this topic:

The Challenges of Higher Education in the 21st Century

Horizon Report: 2014 Higher Education

The next issues of the Journal of Research in Higher Education will address topics relating to contemporary challenges in the field of higher education. Full papers (research, articles, debates and reviews) exploring and/or offering critical perspectives on this topic, which are theoretically and/or empirically rigorous, should be submitted to the address journal.rehe@ubbcluj.ro.

Deadline for articles – April (for July Issue)

                                                       – October (for December Issue)

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