1. bookVolume 9 (2021): Issue 1 (March 2021)
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15 Apr 2013
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The impact of regional demographics on Higher Education Policy. An example from Silesia, Poland

Published Online: 13 Mar 2021
Page range: 10 - 22
Received: 15 Jun 2020
Accepted: 20 Jan 2021
Journal Details
First Published
15 Apr 2013
Publication timeframe
4 times per year

The determinants of higher education policy have their sources in various spheres, such as economic, social, educational, national policy, administrative, and demographic. Problems for the development of higher education also stem from these spheres. One of them is the challenging demographic situation that is a significant element of developing higher education in southern Poland (particuarly in the Silesia region). Given this context, this article aims to indicate the policies of the universities in the region which respond to the existing demographic threats. This relationship is to confront student opinions regarding their vision for their education and future career within the current demographic situation. Using research-based on an analysis of university and regional local government strategic documents and surveys carried out among students, we conclude that higher education development policy is responding to the demographic transformation. Meanwhile, students’ attitudes to the challenges of the demographic situation is quite “flexible” and relatively ambivalent. This article presents the contrast between the increasingly tricky demographic situation in Silesia, Poland, and the limited response in the two main groups of stakeholders – academic authorities and students – that require shaping higher education ipolicy towards future demographic challenges.


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