From the “Imagined” to the “Post-bureaucratic” Region: The Search for Europe in Higher Education Policy

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This chapter examines policy initiatives that aim to coordinate and integrate higher education in Europe, focusing particularly on the issue of international student mobility. From an inter-regional perspective, a key priority has been to build and maintain the preeminence of European higher education in relation to increased competition from North America and East Asia. Intra-regional priorities center primarily on efforts to support the European Economic Area. This chapter examines these dynamics through three policy initiatives: the Erasmus(+) student mobility programme, the Erasmus Mundus post-graduate mobility programme, and the European Higher Education Area.