Enrolments in higher education in the Latin American and the Caribbean (LAC) region have increased from 1.8 million students at the beginning of the 1970s to 24 million in 2015. According to estimates, the participation rate in the region is currently around 48% on average, but there are major differences in participation across the LAC countries.
The vast expansion of higher education is due to the increase in students from all backgrounds gaining an upper secondary education in many of the 33 LAC countries, but also to the growth of the middle classes, who strongly view higher education as an opportunity for social mobility. This expansion has increased both the diversity of higher education institutions and the diversity of students, many of whom today are first generation students. Sigue leyendo “A commitment to social transformation in Latin America – University World News”