Asymmetrical Regionalism in North America: The Higher Education Sector since NAFTA

Creso Sá, Patricia Gaviria


This paper analyzes the regional dynamics that prevail in North America within the higher education sector. The coming into effect of NAFTA in 1994 raised expectations of greater integration among the higher education systems of Canada, Mexico, and the United States. While NAFTA did not involve education, it had implications for higher education through professional mutual recognition agreements, trilateral programs, and indirectly through regional advocacy. The higher education sector provides interesting insights for the broader debate on North American regionalism whereby asymmetries among partners shape policy developments with special implication' for Mexico.


 Asymmetrical regionalism; NAFTA; higher education.

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