Higher Education Institutions: Perspectives, Opportunities and Challenges

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In the opening chapter of Higher Education Institutions: Perspectives, Opportunities and Challenges, the authors investigate and present the concept of internal quality assurance system implementation maturity, aiming to analyze the existing theoretical underpinnings on how maturity can be understood and approached in terms of an internal quality assurance system.

Some pathways available to the higher education institutions towards the assessment of needs and the improvement of course planning, curriculum design and student guidance systems are discussed.

An empirical study is presented seeking to validate the structure of total quality management construct with an objective of identifying the current total quality management practices employed as perceived by the staff of Islamic University in Uganda.

The penultimate chapter focuses on a deeper understanding of the efficiency measurement and its determinants of the higher education institutions of Spain.

The aim of the closing chapter is to explore the influence of a university environment on entrepreneurial activities of students and alumni in the post-Soviet context.
(Imprint: Nova)

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Chapter 1. Internal Quality Assurance Systems for Higher Education Institutions: Perspectives, Opportunities and Guidelines for a New Maturity Model
(Felix Sanchez-Puchol, and Joan Antoni Pastor-Collado, Open University of Catalonia (UOC), Barcelona, Spain, and Barcelona School of Informatics, Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), Barcelona, Spain)

Chapter 2. We Can Do Better: Building Competencies until Graduation
(Rita Payan-Carreira, Gonçalo Cruz, and Caroline Dominguez, Department of Veterinary Medicine, Universidade de Évora, Pole at Mitra, Évora, Portugal, and others)

Chapter 3. The Validation of the Total Quality Management Construct Using Confirmatory Factor Analysis
(Farooq Miiro, and Azam Othman, Department of Educational Management, Faculty of Education, Islamic University in Uganda, Mbale, Uganda, and International Islamic University Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia)

Chapter 4. Measuring and Explaining the Production Efficiency of Higher Education Institutions with an Application to the Public Universities of Spain
(Manuel Salas-Velasco, University of Granada, Department of Applied Economics, Campus Cartuja, Granada, Spain)

Chapter 5. Evolving Entrepreneurial Activities at Post-Soviet Universities
(Radzivon Marozau, Maribel Guerrero, David Urbano and Asunción Ibañez, Belarusian Economic Research and Outreach Center (BEROC), Minsk, Belarus, School of Business and Economics at Universidad del Desarrollo, Chile, and others)

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