Tag: indicators

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.

OECD data comparison tool

OECD has just published a beta version of their new data portal.

The website provides a comprehensive search to examine and compare charts, maps, tables and related publications by the OECD.

The OECD collects data about various indicators in the OECD countries, under four key categories: indicators about educational attainment, educational resources, international student assessment (PISA) and youth inactivity.

The pages for each of the indicators provide explanations of data, and options to customize the datasets. Furthermore, you can view the data as a chart, or as a world map or in the form of a table. The site also allows to create embed code for the graphs and tables, allowing you to embed interactive directly on your page. We have embedded one example here:

For those studying OECD countries and wanting to use OECD data, the site looks to be a valuable resource to visualize and compare data.

Find the online tool for education indicators here.

OECD regional wellbeing comparison tool

oecdThe OECD has launched a new online interactive tool to compare regions in the world in terms of the indicators for wellbeing. Well-being indicators are grouped according to eight categories, including: access to services, civic engagement, education. jobs, environment, income, health and safety.

The tool includes over 300 regions across OECD countries and an argument for such regional focus is that national composite scores on various performance indicators usually mask large regional differences. The tool shows the scores of the various indicators, positions within the country as well as a comparison across all OECD regions. The scores are also shown in terms of the relative ranking since 2000 and whether the country has been increasing or decreasing relative to other OECD countries. Furthermore, the scores are compared across other regions, so you can identify similar regions across OECD member countries.

However, no overall composite score is provided for the overall positioning of the region in total. Overall, the instrument can also be rather useful in identifying roughly comparable regions according to these particular indicators. The OECD page also allows to download the whole dataset.

Guest blogger: new tool for benchmarking internationalisation

Adinda van Gaalen, Senior Policy Officer at Nuffic

This guest entry was written by Adinda van Gaalen who works as a senior policy officer at Nuffic. Adinda is a regular contributor to the Nuffic blog where she covers issues of internationalisation. In this post, she gives a review of the recent symposium in Brussels that marked the finalization of the IMPI project, focused on developing indicators for mapping and profiling internationalisation. In addition, projects such as AHELO and MAUNIMO were discussed at this symposium. 

Participant experiences

Among other things, the IMPI project delivered a toolbox which is freely accessible on the web. Experiences with the IMPI toolbox were shared at the symposium by institutions that were involved in testing the toolbox during two separate benchmarking rounds.

For some users the tool helped to initiate discussions with stakeholders. ACUP (the Association of Public Universities in Catalunya, Spain), for instance, has reached agreement with the regional government to use a selection of indicators from the IMPI toolbox, rather than those set by the government, to report on their internationalisation efforts. The University of Reims initiated a similar discussion with the French national government. The university is now allowed to use the IMPI indicators it has selected for its own institution for the report to the national government – even though the report should officially include other indicators. Both governments were persuaded by the argument that indicators, which reflected the specific situation of an individual institution, make much more sense than using one size fits all indicators.