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Sustainability Challenges of the European Society and Higher Education

Vértesy, László (2016): Sustainability Challenges of the European Society and Higher Education. Published in: Educating for Democratic Governance and Global Citizenship (2016): pp. 251-267.

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The paper analyses – with an aggregate method – the present demographic and higher education situation of the European Union, the consequences, which can be drawn, and the possible options. A sustainable society and higher education is functional, far-sighted, maintainable for generations, flexible and wise enough to do not destroy its physical, environmental or social service systems. Looking at demographics is perhaps one of the best ways to analyse the sustainability of these systems, because the actual size of education is in strong connection with society. In the case of higher education these topics are relevant because, putting aside the theory of lifelong learning, a well-functioning education system still need youngsters, students. If demographic policy is successful, the effects will only be felt after one generation, and at least twice as many time is required for maintaining the present higher education system. The most pressing and urgent question is bridging the next two or three decades.

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