This chapter looks at globalisation as a phenomenon before considering how it relates to higher education, which involves an outline of global shifts in university policy. Much of the analysis of higher education from the 1980s onwards has been associated in some way with the emergence of the 'neoliberal knowledge economy' as the dominant global policy trend. Neoliberalism is a political ideology that adopts an economic logic, primarily considering situations from a financial perspective. The chapter describes both Germany and the UK belongs to some of the same political European Higher Education Area (EHEA) groups and has similar degree structures. The higher education sector in England/the UK has long been recognised as highly stratified, and league tables have simply reified and reinforced this. The chapter focuses on the EHEA as a strategic move to construct a global higher education hub to attract students, highly skilled workers and funding.