Privatisation and commodification of university in Latin America

Fernanda Saforcada (Ed.), Daniela Atairo, Lucía Trotta and Aldana Rodríguez Golisano.

Since the late 20th century, in Latin America higher education has witnessed two major processes: firstly, considerable expansion – a sustained increase in enrolment, a growing number of institutions, and growth and diversification of study programmes, levels and qualifications; secondly, a decline in public funding. As a result, the aforementioned expansion has taken place in circumstances that have left institutions in a situation of instability. Likewise, with a backdrop of neoliberal hegemony, education in general and universities in particular were viewed as business opportunities and were defined in free trade agreements (FTAs) as marketable services.

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