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The current debates on higher education reform in Algeria are not without persistent and vital questions about the role of the university in nation building, change based on functional adaptation, and intelligent dealing with present problems and future challenges.
The more these challenges represent harbingers of risks resulting from an increasingly interconnected, complex and globalised world, the more their combined inputs produce opportunities to form more sustainable, diverse and efficient societies and help find mechanisms to neutralise and confront them.
Algerian universities constitute a pillar and comprehensive foundation for the national identity in its various cultural, social and economic components. From the pre-independence period to the present day, universities have constituted a more or less open public space for interactions that are increasingly tense and international, especially in light of the increasing interdependence among a network of international and informal actors, in the era of knowledge-based economy and digital globalisation, moving towards modeling the global economy, learning and teaching systems, and accumulating prerequisites for global citizenship.