Chapter 8 focused on the growing global knowledge economy, and some of the underlining factors that underpin the movements and power hierarchy within global higher education. In describing the forces of the global knowledge economy as a ‘push’ and ‘pull’ effect this chapter outlined the ‘push’ forces which impact upon the movement of the economy, higher education funding and academic (students and staff) mobility. The ‘pull’ forces include contemporary political influences on the global knowledge economy and, in particular, the changes emanating from the new governance structures in the US, the UK and Australia. The influence exerted by new administrations in these countries and beyond will continue to influence global higher education. The influences global ranking participation exerts on countries and higher education institutions from developed and developing nations was further explored and it can be concluded that these factors will continue to shape higher education and the HERS. The final chapter will summarise the major themes from this book in considering whether certain aspects and influences of ranking can be considered as good bad or even ugly.


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