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Prospective and Higher Education
Francisco Lopez Segrera

La educación en el horizonte del siglo XXI.

Ediciones IESALC, UNESCO-Caracas, 2000


This book contains a selection of the broad theme addressed in the “Third Meeting of Prospective Studies: The Scenarios of Latin America on the Horizon of 2020”. It represents a rich contribution to the continental Reflection convened by the Final Declaration of this meeting which allows us to configure an enlightened vision of the 2020 horizon and helps indicating posible alternative development routes for the countries of the region.


Coordinators: Carlos Tünnermann B. y Francisco López Segrera.


Collaborators: Daniel Filmus, Ana Luiza Machado, Carlos Tünnermann, Francisco López Segrera, Xabier Gorostiaga, Axel Didriksson, Flavio Fava de Moraes, Jorge Brovetto, José Raymundo Martins Romêo, Isidro Fernández-Aballí.


Globalización y Educación Superior en América Latina y el Caribe. La Universidad como agente de transformación social. 

Ediciones IESALC, UNESCO-Caracas, 2001.


“This book gives an account of the current debate about the necessary transforming of higher education in our countries but its benchmarks are global, multilateral and regional. In it, the reader will find a very valuable updated information, a serious and rigorous conceptual framework and a cluster of  ideas about designing strategies, proposals and reasons for change in higher education institutions. If UNESCO, with the great summit held in 1998 at its headquarters in Paris, has greatly contributed defining the change in higher and university education, with this book, Latin American reality scholars now have a mature reflection about its future. Recommended Reading.” Axel Didriksson


Educación superior latinoamericana y organismos internacionales. Un análisis crítico. Universidad San Buenaventura de Cali, UNESCO y Boston College. Cali, 2002.


The key objective of this book is to analyze, from a Latin American and plural perspective, several proposals for reforming higher education worldwide, mainly from international organizations such as UNESCO and the World Bank. The past, present and especially the future of higher education has been and is a debate key topic in the 90’s and the beginning of this century. On the agenda is the discussion of topics such as: the quantitative expansion of enrollment, the evaluation and relevance of higher education systems and institutions, their financing, equal access, among others. Some of the most important actors in this debate are international organizations, whose importance becomes greater day by day.


Foreword:  Philip G. Altbach, Director of the Center for International Higher Education. Boston College, Boston.


Coordinators: Francisco López Segrera and Alba Maldonado.


Collaborators: José J. Brunner, Axel Didriksson, José L. Grosso, Manuel R. Muñoz, Roberto Rodríguez, Carlos Tünnermann.


Escenarios Mundiales de la Educación Superior.  Análisis Global y Estudios de Caso. CLACSO, Buenos Aires, 2006.

The complexity of contemporary society, the challenges, that the extraordinary advances in knowledge and new communication and information technologies, generate for higher education, gives special relevance to the debate on the  most strategic educational level to define the place of countries in a globalized world of open markets: the tertiary level of education systems. This study, with a comparative international higher education perspective, is a contribution to the analysis on the role that it corresponds to play within the society of knowledge, information and learning.


The book addresses, in simple language, ten key issues to understand the magnitude of the challenges currently facing higher education: globalization and higher education; history and mission of the university; access, quantitative expansion and massification; autonomy and reforms; public and private universities; quality, evaluation and accreditation; principles of good governance, management and financing; new innovation curriculum; research, postgraduate and prospective; knowledge society, virtual higher education, transnationalization and new providers; and higher education, international cooperation and internationalization policies.


Foreword: Atilio Borón and Carlos Tünnermann.


Collaborators: Francisco López Segrera, en “Notas para un estudio comparado de la educación superior a nivel mundial”. Estudios de casos: Raúl Porras; Cristina Ovando; Cristina Almeida de Cavalho, Jorge F. Hermida, Lucía Riveros de Jornet, Milcíades Vizcaíno, Jorge Cardelli, Fernando Neciosup.


La Educación Superior en América Latina y el Caribe 2008

Número Especial de la Revista Avaliação. V.13, n. 02, Julio de 2008


The objective of this book is to give a panoramic view of higher education in Latin America and the Caribbean through monographic studies of some of the leading researchers in the region.


Editors: Francisco López Segrera, Colin Brock, José Dias Sobrinho


Collaborators: Francisco Lopez Segrera, Yazmín Cruz and Anna K. Cruz, Carlos Tünnermann, Colin Brock, Sinesio Santos, Crista Weiss and José Luis Laguna,  Humberto J. González Silva, Luis Enrique Orozco Silva, José Joaquín Brunner, Jose Dias Sobrinho and Marcia Regina Ferreira de Brito, Marcela Mollis, Cristina Contera, Domingo Rivarola, Sonia Fernández.


Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean 2008

Ediciones IESALC, UNESCO-Caracas, 2009.


The main objectives of this book (main trends and challenges), are to highlight trends and present realities in the universities and higher education institutions of the region. It wants to offer an interpretative synthesis of international comparative higher education in Latin America and the Caribbean, that could be of easy reading for leaders and financiers of Higher Education, as well as researchers, teachers, students and for all those interested parties in a topic on which the future of the region depends.


Editors and Foreword: Francisco López Segrera, Colin Brock, José Dias Sobrinho


Collaborators: Francisco López Segrera, Yazmín Cruz and Anna K. Cruz, Carlos Tünnermann, Colin Brock, Sinesio Santos, Crista Weiss and José Luis Laguna,  Humberto J. González Silva, Luis Enrique Orozco Silva, José Joaquín Brunner, Jose Dias Sobrinho and Marcia egina Ferreira de Brito, Marcela Mollis, Cristina Contera, Domingo Rivarola, Sonia Fernández.


La Universidad ante los Desafíos del Siglo XXI

Ediciones y Arte S.A., Asunción, 2010


The higher education issue continues to remain at the center of a debate that involves academics, intellectuals, politicians, economists and broad sectors of public opinion. The crisis of higher education and the university as its fullest institutional expression involves all nations, whatever their stage of development and their capacities and means to face the transformations desired by peoples searching well-being and a better quality of life. In the knowledge society, globalization and the communication technology revolution, it is expected that, with the exceptional wealth of knowledge and technique available, humanity will have an unparalleled opportunity to mitigate the tremendous inequalities that persist between nations and in each one of them. The university is at the forefront of any strategy of putting knowledge as one of the main instruments for change.


This book seeks to reflect the most relevant aspects of the crucial current debate; on the one hand, on the university crisis, and on the other, on the visions and alternatives of the reforms that this century-old institution requires to face the complex challenges of the 21st century with excellence, efficiency, commitment and relevance.


Compilators: Francisco López Segrera y Domingo M. Rivarola.


Collaborators: Carlos Tünnermann,  Jocelyne Gacel-Ávila, Ana García de Fanelli, Daniel Samoilovich, Joan Cortadellas, Consuelo Gutiérrez de González, José Días Sobrinho, Valdemar Sguissardi, Maria de Fátima Costa de Paula, Hebe Vessuri, Jorge Luiz Nicolas Audy, Marilia Costa Morosini, Martin Aiello, Manuel R. Muñoz, Yazmín Cruz, Marcella Mollis, Ernesto Villanueva, Norberto Fernández Lamarra, Valtencir Maldonado, Mario Luiz Neves de Azevedo, Axel Didriksson, Marcia Regina F. de Brito, José J. Brunner, Luis Crivaro, Colin Brock, Hugo Aboites.


Educación superior internacional comparada: escenarios, temas y problemas

Universidad Externado de Colombia. Bogotá, 2010


 This work assumes as its main goal those referring to access, quantitative expansion, massification and differentiation of higher education institutions, to the significance of university reforms in the field of public and private universities and their  impact related to management processes, financing, evaluation and accreditation; reflecting on key issues such as ranking, the so-called world-class universities, academic corruption and the critical situation of teachers and universities;  projecting some possible scenarios of tertiary education evolution; illuminating the dilemma between a solidarity internationalization, based on the vision of higher education as a public good, and the growing trend towards mercantilist transnationalization via new suppliers; and offering some conclusions that could contribute to formulate policies in the spirit of what UNESCO recommended at the World Conference on Higher Education and its subsequent follow-up meetings of that conference.


This comparative global vision will allow us a better understanding of financing and accreditation dilemmas.


Presenting: Francisco José Mojica


Educación Universitaria para el Siglo XXI. Análisis Comparados (1)

Centro Internacional Miranda, Caracas, 2011


This work is aimed at researching different aspects of university life and the relationship that higher education has and must have with its socio-political and cultural context. In Venezuela, an effort has been made to eradicate exclusion and democratize the access to higher education as well as to improve its physical infrastructure. Also, It has also been working linking the university with its economic and social environment to achieve sustainable development.


Presenting: Luis Bonilla-Molina, Deputy minister of Strategic Planning, Ministery of Popular Power for University Education, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.


Coordinators: Luis Bonilla-Molina y Francisco López Segrera


Collaborators: José Días Sobrinho, Joan Cortadellas, Marcela Mollis, Axel Didriksson, Hugo Aboites, Manuel Ramiro Muñoz, Hebe Vessuri y Carlos Tünnermann.


La Internacionalización de la Educación Superior a nivel mundial y regional

Editorial Planeta. Bogotá, 2012


The look offered by the book is diverse and includes global, regional and case studies by deep connoisseurs of the subject, from some of the most prestigious research centers in the analysis of higher education and its internationalization, such as The Boston College Center for International Higher Education (Phillip Altbach), The Institute for Education Studies at the University of Ontario (Jane Knight), The Center for Studies in Higher Education (CSHE), The University of California, Berkeley (John Douglas et. Al. ), the Department of Education of the Oxford University (Colin Brock) and the UNESCO Chair of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (Joan Cortadellas) among others. This vision is complemented by a set of works by some of the leading Latin American experts in the field.



Compilators: Francisco López Segrera y Humberto Grimaldo Durán


Foreword: Monseñor Guy-Réal Thivierge


Introduction: Francisco López Segrera y Humberto Grimaldo Durán


Collaborators: Phillip Altbach, Jane Knight,  John Douglas et. al., Colin Brock, Joan Cortadellas, José Joaquín Brunner, Norberto Fernández Lamarra, Jocelyne Gacél-Ávila, Sylvia Andrée Didou, Xiomara Zarur, Manuel Ramiro Muñoz, Rosario Hernández y Mario Neves de Azevedo.


Prospectiva de la Educación Superior en el Mundo. Tendencias Mundiales, regionales y escenarios al 2030

El Viejo Topo, Barcelona, 2019


The objective of this book is to offer a synthetic vision of the state of the art in comparative higher education, worldwide and regionally, making a criticism of the mercantile tendencies that predominate today in higher education. In the future university, it will be necessary to learn to undertake. While learning and permanent updating is essential in the knowledge society, it will be essential to learn generic skills beyond the specific disciplinary and universal values, to conjure up threats such as nuclear war, climate change, technological vertiginosity - which could generate unemployment massive as a result of automation, robotization and artificial intelligence - and the growing inequality.




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