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Reconsidering the economic and social purposes of higher education. / McArthur, Jan.

In: Higher Education Research and Development, Vol. 30, No. 6, 2011, p. 737-749.

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McArthur, J 2011, 'Reconsidering the economic and social purposes of higher education', Higher Education Research and Development, vol. 30, no. 6, pp. 737-749. https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2010.539596

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McArthur, Jan. / Reconsidering the economic and social purposes of higher education. In: Higher Education Research and Development. 2011 ; Vol. 30, No. 6. pp. 737-749.

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