Robin Shields is Senior Lecturer in Higher Education Management at the University of Bath, where he is also Director of the Doctor of Business Administration in Higher Education Management. He holds a PhD from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and has published widely on the globalization of education. His analysis of global international student flows received the George Bereday Award for the most outstanding article in Comparative Education Review in 2013. Robin has also acted as Principal Investigator on research funded by the Higher Education Academy, Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and he has undertaken research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.
From the “Imagined” to the “Post-bureaucratic” Region: The Search for Europe in Higher Education Policy
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.