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Call for participants: summer school in St. Petersburg – “Higher education and social inequality”

The Institute of Education at National Research University – Higher School of Economics (Moscow), China Institute for Educational Finance Research and Graduate School of Education at Peking University invite earlier career researchers and doctoral students to apply to the upcoming 5th International Summer School on higher education research that takes place June 10-16, 2017 in St. Petersburg, Russia. The theme of this year is “Higher education and social inequality”.

V International Summer School will focus on the inequalities in higher education as well as the problematisation of the role of higher education in reproducing social inequalities. Participation in higher education has been increasing rapidly over last decades, but social equity has not been achieved. Numerous studies around the world show persistent inequalities in access and participation in higher education shaped by social background. Gains in widening access, especially in systems with high participation rates, are undermined by the increasing stratification of higher education institutions and societies. These challenges call for re-thinking, conceptually and socio-politically, the role higher education has in a modern society.




Call for applicants: Oslo summer school!

uio logo nyThe Faculty of Social Sciences at University of Oslo is again arranging a summer school for doctoral students with an interest in comparative and methodological social science. Furthermore, researchers, scholars and MA students who aim at advanced study can apply for the course.

Note that in addition to a variety of other social science courses, the summer school has relevant courses for higher education studies! So, note the following courses:

The Political Economy of Skills and Inequality in Western Welfare States with Prof M.R. Busemeyer (University of Konstanz)

This seminar provides a thorough introduction into the study of education policies and politics from the perspective of comparative welfare state research and comparative political economy. The class provides an overview of the most important debates in the field: the link between education and social inequality, the role of partisan politics, the connection between skill formation and different varieties of capitalism, the study of public opinion on education and the process of internationalization and Europeanization of education policy.

Dates: 20 – 24 July 2015
Course Credits: 10 pts (ECTS)
Limitation: 25 participants

(read more here)

Governing Education in Europe: From Partnership to Privatisation with Professor Jenny Ozga (University of Oxford)




Call for applicants: summer school on higher education and the state

ioe_enThird International summer school on higher education research will be held in St. Petersburg on June 13-19 in 2015. The theme for the 2015 summer school is “Higher Education and the State

The summer school is arranged by The Institute of Education at National Research University – Higher School of Economics (Russia), Graduate School of Education and China Institute for Educational Finance Research at Peking University (China).

The target group for the summer school are earlier career researchers, institutional researchers, and doctoral students, and the summer school welcomes applicants with all relevant fields (sociology, economics, political science, education, public administration, management, psychology, etc.) The working language of the summer school is English.

Faculty for summer school includes: Isak Froumin (Institute of Education, HSE), Simon Marginson (Institute of Education, UCL), Rong Wang (CIEFR, Peking University), Pedro Teixeira (Research Centre on Higher Education Policy (CIPES) and Faculty of Economics, University of Porto), Jussi Välimaa (Finnish Institute for Educational Research, University of Jyvaskyla).

About the theme: Despite the marketization of higher education in many countries, the state maintains its crucial role in shaping higher education. The Summer School’s multidisciplinary perspective on higher education and the state will enable to analyze higher education in a larger socio-economic and political framework and connect changes in higher education with the transformations of the state, society, labor market.

The topics covered include: 




Call for applicants: summer school in higher education policy

unikeSummer school on “Policy Travel” will be hosted at University of Ljubljana at 7—11 July 2014. This summer school is now third event that is held in the framework the EU Marie Curie ITN “Universities in the Knowledge Economies” (UNIKE).

The summer school will feature lectures and interactive sessions aimed at developing techniques for analyzing policy terms, texts and power relations in the global knowledge economy, as well as sessions dedicated to models of doctoral education, entrepreneurship and grants.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Astrid Cermak (University of Copenhagen)
  • Roger Dale (University of Bristol)
  • Karin Doolan (University of Zadar)
  • Cris Shore (University of Auckland)
  • Dorothy Smith (University of Victoria)
  • Susan Wright (University of Aarhus)
  • Pavel Zgaga (University of Ljubljana).

The initial deadline for applications is today (20th of May), but we have been informed that late applications will be accepted until this Friday (thats three days from now!). So if you interested in issues related to policy traveling – apply ASAP!

Information about application procedure can be downloaded here.




Call for participants: Summer school about students in higher education

ss2014The 2nd international summer school in higher education studies has announced the call for participants. The summer school in 2014 will be titled: “Who are the Students in Higher Education? Changing Roles, Changing Systems, Changing Lives”, and it will be  on June 8-14, 2014 in St. Petersburg (Pushkin, Tsarskoe Selo).

The summer school is organised by The Institute of Education at National Research University – Higher School of Economics, and it is open for early career researchers, institutional researchers, as well as doctoral students.

The faculty for the summer school this year includes: Isak Froumin (Institute of Education, HSE), Simon Marginson (Institute of Education, University of London), Rajani Naidoo (School of Management, University of Bath), Pedro Teixeira (Research Centre on Higher Education Policy (CIPES) and Faculty of Economics, University of Porto), Jussi Välimaa (Finnish Institute for Educational Research, University of Jyvaskyla).

To apply you need to provide an application form, 500-1000 word summary about your current project and a recent CV. More information about the theme and application procedures can be downloaded here (pdf), and on the website.

Application deadline March 20, 2014.




NOMA summer school: Research and policy nexus

In this series of presentations the focus is put on the so-called research policy nexus. How can research on higher education influence policy in this field? What is evidence based policy? How can you assure that policymakers and politicians listen to what you have to say?

These are some of the questions that will be focused on in this session of the NOMA summer school.


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The presentations include

  1. Teboho Moja “Disconnections between research and policy”
  2. Julian May “Talking to the Finance Minister about poverty”
  3. Tracy Bailey “Experiences with HERANA and contributions to policy”

The accompanying powerpoint presentations: 




NOMA summer school: Research projects in focus

In this session recording from the NOMA summer school we share the presentations about different multinational research projects. In the presentations, the researchers and project leaders share their experiences with writing the applications for such projects and the considerations one has to take into account when managing such a project.

The recording includes presentations of the following projects:

  1. NORGLOBAL funded project on higher education and research in Western Balkans presented by Bjørn Stensaker
  2. HERANA – Higher Education Research & Advocacy Network in Africa presented by Nico Cloete
  3. AHELO – Assessment of Higher Education Learning Outcomes presented by Hamish Coates


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NOMA summer school: complexities of research work

In this recording of the NOMA summer school, we share with you insights from five researchers: Peter Maassen, Nico Cloete, Bjørn Stensaker, Teboho Moja and  Jo Muller. They all share their insights to how to navigate in the complicated world of research where one has to take into account multiple interests and conflicting demands.


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NOMA summer school: higher education and human development challenges

We will hereby start to publish a selection of the sessions from the NOMA summer school in January 2013 that examined project management, research policy nexus and application writing.

In this session, the Vice Chancellor of University of Western Cape, Prof. O’Connell gave an inspiring introductory lecture to the summer school. Reminding of the often injust and imbalanced global context, he identified seven human development challenges that universities must address.


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NOMA summer school: Balancing integrity and the ‘dirty’ world of research

Mari Elken and Jens Jungblut  (Hedda/HEIK, University of Oslo)

Mari Elken and Jens Jungblut
(Hedda/HEIK, University of Oslo)

In the end of January a group from Hedda consisting of both professors, PhD research fellows, Master students and administrative staff attended a summer school organised in Cape Town, South Africa. The focus of the summer school was on project management and writing applications, and in this post Mari Elken and Jens Jungblut summarise the overall experience and some of the lessons learned. 

The article was initially published at University World News and is republished with permission. 

Furthermore, as Hedda has focus on sharing knowledge through ICT solutions, we have recorded the various sessions and will be making some of them available on the Hedda site during the coming week. Stay tuned! 

One thing you almost never learn in masters or PhD education is how the world of successful project applications really works. In the context of unstable and competitive funding sources and expectations of impact and societal relevance, the nature of academic work is changing. New job profiles emerge, with academics being expected to be more entrepreneurial, project management becoming a central skill and policy relevance emerging as a key funding criterion.

While policy relevance is expected, linkage between research and policy – the so-called research-policy nexus – is not always straightforward or without contestation. This raises questions about the appropriate skills and competences for the next generation of researchers, who have to operate at the intersection between traditional academic work, policy advice and contract research.

Higher education is increasingly considered a ‘transversal problem solver’ for most of society’s ills, in developed and developing countries alike. In addition, higher education research with its multidisciplinary core does not have a unified message for policy-makers and is unable to provide single-solution answers to their questions.