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Bridges, Pathways and Transitions by Gail Whiteford, Mahsood Shah

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Chapter 11

Nepal’s Educated Nonelite

Reevaluating State-Provided Higher Education

Andrea Kölbel,    Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Abstract

There has been much debate about the role of state-provided higher education in Nepal in recent years. The country’s first university was established in 1959 based on the idea that higher education constitutes an enabling factor both in the lives of individuals and in the development of society at large. State-provided higher education, however, seems to have failed on several counts, including governance, quality, and equity. In this chapter, I engage with this ongoing debate about the value of public higher education from two different angles: first, I outline which efforts have been made to ...

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