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On the move towards research-led universities – Meeting of the HERANA project discusses institutional change in African flagship universities

This guest entry is written by Jens Jungblut and summarises some of the key activities at a recent HERANA workshop in Cape Town. Jens is currently a post-doctoral researcher at INCHER, University of Kassel. 

From November 20 until November 24 the Center for Higher Education Trust (CHET) organized a workshop in the context of the HERANA research project in Cape Town. During this meeting representatives of seven flagship universities from different Sub-Saharan African countries discussed together with a group of international experts the institutional developments of the different universities on their road to becoming research-led universities.

HERANA workshop participants

The workshop started out with a presentation of the activities of CHET by its director Nico Cloete, which was followed by a short lecture from Peter Maassen, professor of higher education at the Department of Education at the University of Oslo, who presented findings from a research project that investigated the characteristics of research flagship universities in Europe highlighting commonalities but also differences between several successful institutions. Afterwards, Åse Gornitzka, professor of political science at the University of Oslo, discussed organizational change processes in higher education with an emphasis on explanations from organizational theories why change processes can be slow, unpredictable and sometimes even fail. Professor Leo Goedegebuure, director at the LH Martin Institute in Melbourne, presented to the participants recent developments in higher education in South-East Asia and offered some conclusions on institutional factors that allowed some universities in Asia to strengthen their research function and catch up with global developments. His presentation was followed by a reflection from Fred Hayward on his work during the last years for USAID supporting the reform of higher education in Afghanistan in which he also highlighted some common challenges between Africa and Afghanistan.




Hedda podcast: Autonomy of universities with Dr Tatiana Fumasoli

Episode 42 of our podcast series features dr. Tatiana Fumasoli from ARENA, the Centre of European Studies at the University of Oslo. In the podcast she reflects on the issue of autonomy and shares some preliminary and highly interesting findings on a recent project focused on examining how Norwegian and other Western European universities use and interpret autonomy in the context of balancing excellence with socio-economic relevance.


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Tatiana Fumasoli  (ARENA, University of Oslo)

Tatiana Fumasoli
(ARENA, University of Oslo)

Dr. Tatiana Fumasoli is employed as a post-doctoral fellow at ARENA in University of Oslo. She holds a PhD (2011) in Communication Sciences from Università della Svizzera italiana (USI). Her thesis was called ‘Strategy as evolutionary path. Five higher education institutions on the move’. Prior to her PhD she obtained an Executive Master in Communications Manafgement from USI and worked as a researcher at CORe (Centre for Organizational Research) Faculty of Economics at the USI.

She is also a member of the UACES Collaborative Research Network on the European Research Area (ERA-CRN).

Her main research interests are linked to higher education research, management sciences, and organisation theory.