The Bolivarian University of Venezuela: A radical alternative in the global field of higher education?

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Title: The Bolivarian University of Venezuela: A radical alternative in the global field of higher education?
Authors: Ivancheva, Mariya P.
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Date: 2013
Abstract: This article discusses paradoxes in the emergent global field of higher education as refl ected in an alternative model of the university – the Bolivarian University of Venezuela (UBV) and the related higher education policy, Misión Sucre. With its credo in the applied social sciences, its commitment to popular pedagogy and its dependence on extensive fieldwork with communities, UBV offers an alternative model of science and research at the service of society. Drawing on my ongoing research on this university (since 2008), I present the difficulties which the homogenising standards of a global field of higher education pose to a rapidly developing mass public university in a semi-peripheral country. I focus on the difficulty of developing evaluation procedures for UBV as this exposes contradictions which are both unique to this new university model and common for a world system of higher education.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Berghahn Journals
Copyright (published version): 2013 Berghahn Journals
Keywords: IntellectualsHigher educationSocialismNeoliberalismVenezuelaRankings
DOI: 10.3167/latiss.2013.060102
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice Research Collection

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