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Tertiary Education in Colombia: Paving the Way for Reform (World Bank Country Study)

Tertiary Education in Colombia: Paving the Way for Reform (World Bank Country Study)

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Book DescriptionA World Bank Country Study

The challenges of the future lie with confronting traditional limitations within a rapidly changing environment. A global information transformation has already affected advanced economies, and it increasingly challenges Latin America. Colombia must become an active member of this new global information and knowledge society. This sector study suggests potential strategies and recommendations that would move the tertiary education sector forward by providingthe flexibility to become more responsive to demands from society, from students, and from the labor market.

The first section describes the current tertiary education system. The second provides an economic perspective and argues that the country faces two main obstacles to expansion: rationed number of enrollment places in the public institutions, and stifled demand for private higher education. The final section contains strategies and policy recommendations that support the government's policy byfocusing on four core issues: (i) ensuring clear and progressive governance (ii) inducing and assuring quality (iii) promoting strategic levels of education and fields of study and (iv) providing finance for equitable and expanded access.

This book is part of the World Bank Country Study series. These reports are published with the approval of the subject government to communicate the results of the Bank's work on the economic and related conditions of member countries to governments and to the development community.