Moving from international rankings to Mexican higher education’s real progress: A critical perspective

Etty Haydee Estevez Nenninger*, Lizeth Guadalupe Parra-Perez, Edgar Oswaldo González Bello, Angel Alberto Valdés Cuervo, Juan Pablo Durand Villalobos, Marion Lloyd, Jorge Martínez Stack

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Higher education in Mexico is under an ongoing transition process influenced by global tendencies. The world is changing, and Mexico is striving to fulfill the latest requirements to be part of the “elite universities.” Although higher education literature has tracked Mexico’s progress, the tension between global tendencies and their effects on Mexican higher education institutions have not been explored. Drawing upon academic capitalism and the theory of power, this article examines not only the academic growth but also global tendencies in higher education—such as privatization, international ranking, and academic stratification that act as policy-drivers to reshape educational policy in Mexico. Furthermore, it examines current strategies in higher education policy, seeking to decipher its focus on science and technology as result of globalization pressure. The authors suggest higher education policy in Mexico is shaped by dominant voices that exert their power to keep current hegemonic relations that benefit those in top positions. Also, they assert the detrimental effects of current policies deserve to be explored.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1507799
JournalCogent Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2018
Externally publishedYes

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  • Academic capitalism
  • Academics
  • Global tendencies
  • Higher education
  • Science and technology
  • Theory of power


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