The dynamics of the higher education sector in Slovakia
The higher education sector is represented by the various types of institutions (for example: research universities, comprehensive universities, universities of applied sciences, colleges of higher vocational studies, colleges of liberal arts, community colleges, etc.). HE has a crucial position in the production of knowledge. There are private colleges, public universities and state universities in Slovakia. The main aim of the paper is to analyse the development trends and future challenges of higher education sector in Slovakia with peculiar attention on the divergent and convergent trends in the various groups of higher education institutions. We will deal with the trends in the following three groups: group of traditional public universities, group of the relatively young public universities and group of the private colleges. We are going to draw attention to the changes in the spatial and organisational structure of higher education and research institutions, to dynamics and production of new social and physical educational spaces and to analyse the educational and research performance of these higher education institutions in Slovakia.