Calls for papers


International Journal of Economics and Business Research
International Journal of Economics and Business Research


Special Issue on: "Cost and Technology Challenges for Higher Education in an Increasingly Globalised World"

Guest Editor:
Prof. Ghaleb A. El-Refae, Al Ain University of Science and Technology, UAE

The objective of this special issue is to publish papers that deal with higher education issues that relate to cost and technology. Costs are rising, owing to expensive investments in technology, instructors’ salaries and rising administrative costs; at the same time, governments can no longer afford to subsidise universities as generously as they used to. Furthermore, a technological revolution is challenging higher education’s business model. An explosion in online learning – much of it free – means that the knowledge once imparted to a lucky few is now available to anyone with a smartphone or laptop.

These financial and technological disruptions coincide with a third great change: whereas universities used to educate just a small elite, they are now responsible for training and retraining workers throughout their careers. How will they survive this storm – and what will emerge in their place if they don’t?

The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the 26th Business & Economics Society International Conference, but we also strongly encourage researchers unable to participate in the conference to submit articles for this call.

Subject Coverage
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Higher education and costs
  • Higher education and governmental support
  • Higher education and technology
  • The impact of the various clouds
  • Online education: positives and negatives

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper has been completely re-written and if appropriate written permissions have been obtained from any copyright holders of the original paper).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process.

All papers must be submitted online. To submit a paper, please read our Submitting articles page.

Important Dates

Manuscripts due by: 30 June, 2015