Reference : Higher Education in Portugal in the Last Decades: Old Trends, Recent Challenges
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Higher Education in Portugal in the Last Decades: Old Trends, Recent Challenges
Almeida, António [Instituto Politécnico de Setúbal > Escola Superior de Ciências Empresariais]
Alves, Natália [University of Lisbon > Institute of Education]
Marques, Marcelo mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Education, Culture, Cognition and Society (ECCS) >]
Canário, Rui [University of Lisbon > Institute of Education]
SGEM2014 Conference Proceedings
International Multidisciplinary Scientific Conferences on Social Sciences and Arts
02-09-2014 to 09-09-2014
[en] higher education ; equal opportunities ; democratization
[en] In this paper we analyze the evolution of Higher Education in the last three decades and the effects of the recent Portuguese economic crisis, officially started at 2011 with the intervention of International Monetary Fund, European Central Bank and European Commission. Based on the statistical data produced by national and international organizations we show that the process of “massification” of higher education in Portugal is late compared with other European countries – it only started in the middle eighties - and it did not question the elitist character of this educational level. We also argue that the present economic crisis may contribute to strengthen it elitist character.

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