This text explores different national models of university systems, including their historical development. It examines major themes confronting higher education, such as globalization, the growth of regulatory states, markets and education as a tradable service, and new providers utilizing the latest information and communication techlogies. It also looks at implications for traditional universities and national governments.
ROGER KING was Vice Chancellor of the University of Lincoln until 2000, and has served on many university-sector committees, including for the British Council. Recently he has been a Visiting Professor at both Queensland University of Technology and the University of the Sunshine Coast, in Australia. Currently he is Visiting Fellow at the Association of Commonwealth Universities. He is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Observatory on Borderless Higher Education.