Higher education enrolment to soar further – Report

Higher education participation rates across the world are set to soar further despite more than doubling over the past two decades, writes Jack Grove for Times Higher Education.

The global gross tertiary enrolment ratio, or GTER, went up from 14% in 1992 to 32% in 2012, compared with just a four percentage point rise in the previous 20 years, according to the report by Simon Marginson, professor of international higher education at the UCL Institute of Education, titled “The Social Implications of High Participation Higher Education Systems”.

Some 54 countries had a GTER of more than 50% in 2012 compared with just five countries in 1992, Marginson also observes. Student numbers in these countries will continue to rise because university is “quasi compulsory” when more than 50% of school leavers progress to further study, he says.
Full report on the Times Higher Education site