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Conference review: Knowledge politics and policies section @ECPR 2016

Dr. Martina Vukasovic  (CHEGG, Ghent University)

Dr. Martina Vukasovic
(CHEGG, Ghent University)

This guest entry by Martina Vukasovic (CHEGG, Ghent University) summarises the panels and presentations from the ECPR General Conference. 

The 2016 edition of the General Conference of ECPR (European Consortium for Political Research) took place in Prague, 7-10 September 2016. Approx. 2000 participants presented their most recent work in political science, policy analysis, public administration and related areas of inquiry in almost 70 different sections. The newly formed ECPR Standing Group on Politics of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, for the sixth time in a row organized a section dedicated to knowledge politics and policies.

The section consisted of eight thematic panels comprising 3-5 papers each, spread over the three conference days.

First, ‘Applying Complex Systems Theory to Higher Education and Research Policy’ panel looked beyond the commonplace description of political and policy phenomena as complex and discussed the possibilities of using complexity theory for public policy analysis. It featured presentations by Graham Room about agile actors on complex educational terrains (author of the 2011 book on Complexity, Institutions and Public Policy) , Sandra Hasanefendic about using complex adaptive system theory for analysing behaviour of higher education institutions, Mads P. Sørensen on complex policy conditions conducive to scientific breakthroughs and research excellence and Mitchell Young on the linkages between policy dynamics and biological systems.

The second panel – ‘Market-Making of, in, and around European Higher Education’ – focused on marketization of higher education, both as a process and as an outcome. Janja Komljenovic presented her work on actors involved in the process of construction of ‘diverse, variegated, processual and relational’ markets. Christopher Pokarier focused on expansion and downscaling of higher education market in postwar Japan, while Lukas Graf focused on decentralized cooperation in skill formation. Eva Hartmann then shed light on international coordination service firms (European Quality Improvement Systems (EQUIS) and their role in privatization of higher education. Finally, Susan Robertson focused on contradiction between the global trade agreements in the making (e.g. TTIP, TPP) and a creative and dynamic knowledge-based economy. 

Welcome new Hedda students!

A new year has started at the university, and Hedda has welcomed a new cohort of Master students, eager to start their interdisciplinary studies in the field of higher education. This year, the student cohort again includes  students from all over the world as usually is the case for the Hedda master programme.


first information meeting with the new Hedda students in 2015

Getting to know new fellow Master students

Getting to know fellow Master students

This year we have some students who come from Norway locally, but also from a number countries in and around Europe (Austria, Germany, Greece, Norway Spain and Turkey), the African continent (Ethiopia, Ghana, Mozambique, Uganda), Asian countries (Nepal and South Korea) and the Americas (Canada, USA and Chile).

We are extremely happy to have this diverse student body also this year. This provides students wonderful opportunities for learning about higher education systems world wide. This gives a whole new meaning to studying different higher education models!

During the first information meeting the students met with the Hedda master programme staff and had great opportunities to mingle with their professors and lecturers afterwards.

Hedda Master Programme in Higher Education: Global admission round!

So, are curious about higher education as a research field? Have you worked in higher education and want to expand your competencies, are you a former student politician who wants to study higher education further, or perhaps you just think higher education a very fascinating field to study? Perhaps it is not you, but you know someone like this? Here is an opportunity!

The Faculty of Education at the University of Oslo (Norway) is proud to offer an award winning 2-year Master of Philosophy Programme in Higher Education. We are delighted to announce that the admission round for applicants all around the world is open and will close 1st of December 2014! 

The two year research focused international programme is the first Master’s programme on higher education in Europe and one of the few in the world covering a broad range of disciplinary perspectives on higher education.

Listen to the Director of Hedda, Professor Peter Maassen talk about the Master Programme:

Multidisciplinary programme

The programme is focused on changing functions, policies, and operations of Higher Education using an international and comparative perspective. The students receive a solid basis for analysing and critically assessing change processes at all relevant levels in higher education – from activities inside the classroom to understanding national and global developments.

International focus

The student body and staff are highly international. The programme has had students from more than forty countries in the world, including faraway places such as Maldives and Vanuatu, as well as USA, China, Brazil, UK, Australia and various European countries. 
In addition, the students have an opportunity to spend parts of their studies in partner institutions abroad.

Innovative and high quality learning environment

Hedda podcast: Higher education transformation in the Western Balkans

Episode 45 of our podcast series features Martina Vukasovic (CHEGG, Ghent University). In the podcast, we discuss the recently finished NORGLOBAL funded project about higher education transformation in the Western Balkans. We highlight the key project results, including what she thought to be the most surprising research results. Further, we discuss challenges when working with capacity building and reflect on the plans for the future.

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Martina Vukasovic  (CHEGG, Ghent University)

Martina Vukasovic
(CHEGG, Ghent University)

Martina Vukasovic is employed as a post-doctoral fellow at CHEGG and is due to defend her PhD dissertation in June at the University of Oslo. She is also an earlier Hedda graduate, having completed her Masters Degree in Higher Education in 2007. Earlier, she has worked as the founding director of the Education Policy Center in Serbia, for the Council of Europe, as well as having been the chairperson of the European Student Union (then ESIB). She is also currently in the Council of the Magna Charta Observatory. Her research interests are primarily focused on higher education governance and policy, with particular focus on European integration processes.

Thematic week: Presentations from the conference on higher education in Western Balkans (2)

We are also delighted to now shar with you the remaining of the presentations from the final conference “European Integration in Higher Education and Research in the Western Balkans” that took place in Oslo on 27th of February 2014 at the University of Oslo. The conference gathered project members as well as invited people from the region and beyond.

Third session: Focus on public-private dynamics in higher education

Jelena Brankovic   (Photo: University of Ghent)

Jelena Brankovic
(Photo: Ghent University)

First we have for you a presentation by Jelena Brankovic (CHEGG, Ghent University) on the public and private higher education in the Western Balkans

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The presentation is followed up with a panel debate on public and private higher education in the Western Balkans, including Marek Kwiek (Adam Mickiewicz University), Pavel Zgaga (University of Ljubljana).The debate is moderated by Manja Klemencic (Harvard University).

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