This article reviews the Norwegian higher education debate from the publication of a radical reform proposal made by a government committee in May 2000 until the closure of the reform process in the parliament in May 2001. It is argued that a great rhetorical divide between neo-liberal and Humboldtian concepts of higher education characterized the debate, and that this to some extent distorted the coherence of the final solutions. Nevertheless, it is maintained that the reform is quite likely to instigate a period of profound changes in the national higher education system.
March 1, 2002
Research and Occasional Papers Series (ROPS)
Current Transformations In Norwegian Higher Education. Kim Gunnar Helsvig. CSHE.2.02. (March 2002)