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Universities and Social Inequalities in the Global South


Universities and Social Inequalities in the Global South
Inequalities today are persistent and rising, with income and wealth inequalities intersecting with differences across race, gender, ethnicity and geography. Overcoming such multidimensional inequalities requires that we reinvent, reimagine and strengthen a wide range of policies and institutions. Education is seen as a key pathway out of poverty, and crucial for economic growth, empowerment, democratic citizenship and sustainable development. In recent decades participation in tertiary education has increased significantly across the globe, in parallel with heightened social aspirations and the expectation of better labour market opportunities stemming from a university degree. So is higher education a key to social mobility in countries of the global South today? What challenges are universities in the global South facing? And what policies show the greatest transformative promise when it comes to higher education as a pathway to more equal societies?

UNRISD Research and Policy Briefs aim to improve the quality of development dialogue. They situate the Institute’s research within wider social development debates, synthesize its findings and draw out issues for consideration in decision-making processes. They provide this information in a concise format that should be of use to policy makers, scholars, activists, journalists and others.
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  • Pub. Date: 17 Jun 2021
    Pub. Place: Geneva
    ISSN: 1811-0142
    From: UNRISD