Discovering Higher Education Institutions before Solerno

Crystal R Chambers
Journal for the Study of Postsecondary and Tertiary Education  •  Volume 2  •  2017  •  pp. 195-205

The purpose of this manuscript is to bring communities of learners before Solerno, Bologna, and Paris from the margin to the center of history of higher education discourse.

Most history of higher education coursework in the global west begins with institutions of higher learning in western Europe – Solerno, Bologna, and Paris. However, this tradition discounts the histories of higher education particularly of institutions in the global east, which predate European models

The author brings these communities of learners from the margins to the center of higher education histories by way of historical overview.

In so doing, the author informs scholar instructors of ancient higher education from a more globalized perspective.

The major finding of this work is that there is a history of higher education prior to the rise of institutions in the global west.

From this work, history of higher education coursework in the global west should be adjusted to include acknowledgement as well as greater exploration of ancient higher education institutions as part of our collective global under-standing of the history of higher education.

This work more broadly identifies for open exploration of ancient higher education institutions.

history of higher education, ancient history, global history
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