The latest edition of ETER was launched earlier this month. ETER stands for the European Tertiary Education Register, and it is a EU-funded project. The main function of the register is to assure comparable data on higher education institutions in Europe. Thematically, the indicators are grouped as institutional descriptors, geographical descriptors, educational activities, research activities, expenditures, staff and various characterization indicators. Some of the available indicators include amongst else an overview of numbers of students, staff, graduates, international doctorates, income and expenditure, legal status, etc.
The project has been two-fold – to identify the relevant indicators where data could be collected, and to collect this data to make them widely and publicly available. So if you are planning to compare higher education institutions in Europe, ETER data might be a useful starting point.
The new dataset includes data from 2012 and the whole list of indicators can be viewed here. In total, the combined 2011/2012 dataset now includes 2293 HEIs in 31 countries in Europe.
View here some of the analysis that has been done on ETER data.
If you wish to use the dataset, it is possible to access it on ETER website.