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Andrés Bernasconi

Affiliation: Professor, School of Education, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile
Address: Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Facultad de Educación, Campus San Joaquín, Av. Vicuña Mackenna 4860, Macul, Santiago de Chile

Andrés Bernasconi (Chile), Ph.D. Associate professor and Vice-dean at the School of Education of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, he is also a head of the higher education research program at the Center for Research on Educational Policy and Practice of the same University, in Santiago, Chile He has also served as Provost at Universidad Andrés Bello, in Chile, Vice-President for Research and Graduate Programs at Universidad Andrés Bello, Dean of the Law School of the Universidad de Talca, Chile, and Director of Institutional Research at Universidad Andrés Bello. Previously he was Research Associate at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. Bernasconi has done research on Chilean and Latin American higher education, and has taught or carried out research or consulting work on higher education administration and policy in Argentina, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Indonesia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Spain, the United States, Uruguay, and Venezuela. He is currently interested in higher education law and regulation, university governance, and organizational change in institutions of higher education. He holds degrees from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Harvard University and Boston University.

Publications available on this website

The For-Profit Motive2013
External Affiliations and Diversity: Chile's Private Universities in International Perspective2004
Private Higher Education with an Academic Focus: Chile's New Exceptionalism2003


Publications since 2010, related to private higher education

Andrés Bernasconi, & Paula Clasing. 2015. Legitimacy in University Government: A New Typology. Archivos Analíticos de Políticas Educativas 23(71).

Andrés Bernasconi & Daniela Véliz. 2015 Latin America Flagship Universities: From Early Notions of State Building to Seeking a Larger Role in Society. En John Aubrey Douglass (Ed.) The New Flagship University. Changing the Paradigm from Global Ranking to National Relevancy. New York: Palgrave Macmillan

Enrique Fernández y Andrés Bernasconi, A. 2014. Las nuevas carreras de medicina como símbolo: entre la legitimidad académica y la señalización de mercado. Archivos Analíticos de Políticas Educativas, 22(74).  DOI:

Andrés Bernasconi. 2014. Too Small to Succeed: Middle-Income Nations and the Quest for Distinction in Global Higher Education. In Ying Cheng, Qi Wang and Nian Cai Liu (Eds.). How World-Class Universities Affect Global Higher Education, Rotterdam: Sense Publishers, pp. 153-161.

Andrés Bernasconi. 2014. Chile: An overview. In Laura Rumbley, Robin Matross Helms, Patti McGill Peterson and Philip G. Altbach (Eds.). Global Opportunities and Challenges for Higher Education Leaders: Briefs on Key Themes, Rotterdam: Sense Publishers, pp. 225-228.

Andrés Bernasconi. 2013. Government and University Autonomy: The Governance Structure of Latin American Public Institutions. En Jorge Balán (ed.) Latin America’s New Knowledge Economy: Higher Education, Government, and International Collaboration. New York: Institute for International Education, pp. 1-17.

Bernasconi, Andrés. 2011. A Legal Perspective on "Privateness" and "Publicness" in Latin American Higher Education. Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice 13:4, pp. 351-365.

Bernasconi, Andrés 2011. Private and public pathways to world class research universities: the case of Chile. En Philip G. Altbach and Jamil Salmi (Eds.) The Road to Academic Excellence: The Making of World Class Research Universities.Washington, D.C. The World Bank, 229-260.

Bernasconi, Andrés 2010. Educación Superior Privada en Chile. Boletín de Políticas Públicas en Educación Superior PPES Nº 10, Julio.

Bernasconi, Andrés 2010. Chile's Private Dominant Higher Education. En Kevin Kinser, Daniel C. Levy, Juan Carlos Silas Casillas, Andrés Bernasconi, et al. ASHE Higher Education Report Special Issue: The Global Growth of Private Higher Education. Volume 36, Issue 3. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, pp. 23-35.