"Privatization of higher education in Lebanon: state of the art and research perspectives"

Authors: Kevin MARY*, University of Perpignan
Topics: Geography Education, Higher Education, Middle East
Keywords: Lebanon, universities, privatization, internationalization, territories.
Session Type: Paper
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After discussing the contextual elements related to the development of higher education in Lebanon (from the first universities in the 19th century to the current neoliberal opening), this paper will focus on the new privatization dynamics underway in this country and some of its consequences. Indeed, the recent emergence of "market-oriented universities" (Kabbanji, 2012) results both from new challenges related to competition between universities and territories and presents new forms of academic development in which internationalization plays a key role. This communication will first rely on existing administrative data in Lebanon, in order to map the university offer and its evolution. It will then address the issues - in terms of research perspectives - that such a configuration generates. This will allow us to characterize the recent transformations of higher education in Lebanon and answer, in a general way, a first series of questions: how is the supply of higher education distributed geographically, between sectors of education, public and private, and between type of training (streams and disciplines)? What types of links do these universities have with the international? Etc.

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