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Author: Maggie Carter
, Katja Hujo
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?