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This course examines and compares the systems of higher education in a range of countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America. Governmental policies have been emerging in various jurisdictions to solve the problems of (a) access and equity, (b) quality assurance and accountability, (c) privatization and financing, (d) knowledge development and innovation; (e) ITC and distance learning; and (f) internationalization. Governments often borrow from each other best practices in system and policy development while regional and continental isomorphic tendencies stimulate their thinking for innovation and competitive advantage. Comparative analysis becomes increasingly helpful for government and university professionals to understand the strong and weak aspects in local and national policy-making in global higher education. This course will equip students with analytical skills in identifying and reporting on major similarities and differences in higher education system development and transformations taking place across various jurisdictions across the regions and continents. The course will provide students with competencies in identifying a unit of analysis, juxtaposing, comparing and reporting comparative validity and limitations of system research. The course will also strengthen learners’ capacities for critical inquiry and contribution regarding policy development in their own jurisdictions and systems of higher education.