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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.




Call for participants: Workshop on Transnational Knowledge Relations and Researcher Mobility in the Gulf region

UAE_Dubai_Gulf_Research_Center_GRCInterested in researcher mobility, transnational knowledge cooperation and the Gulf region, or know someone who is?

GRCC (Gulf Research Center Cambridge)  is holding a funded workshop on “Transnational Knowledge Relations and Researcher Mobility for Building Knowledge-Based Societies and Economies in the Gulf”.

The workshop will take place 24-27 August 2015 at Cambridge University. The workshop is led by Dr. Jean Marc Rickli (King’s College London), Dr. Rasmus G. Bertelsen (University of Tromso) and Dr. Neema Noori (University of West Georgia).

This organisers highkight that the workshop will explore the intellectual relations and researcher mobility between the Gulf and the outside world with a specific focus on Gulf universities and other relevant actors such as think tanks, professional organizations, government organizations, and business communities.  They are also interested in knowledge networks that connect the Gulf to non-Western organizations, both public and private, in Asia and beyond.

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Call for papers: 11th International Workshop on Higher Education Reform

HER2014The 11th International Workshop on Higher Education Reform will be held between August 25 to 27, 2014, at the Memorial University, St. John’s, in Newfoundland (Canada). This year, the key theme is focused on students. The key theme for the workshop is outlined as following:

Presentations are invited, and discussions will primarily focus, on themes related to reforms and innovations regarding accessibility and affordability of post-secondary studies, conditions and modes of learning, the transition from study to work, and, for adult students, the integration of higher education with other aspects of their professional, personal and civic life. As the relationship between HE and labor markets and employment systems is changing and the borders of HE expanding, there are many new institutional innovations, programs, forms of learning, and transition mechanisms and routes both into HE, from HE to the world of work, as well as from employment and domestic and civic duties back into HE.

Download the Call for Papers here (pdf) with extended information about the conference theme.

Papers and panels that address the above-mentioned and related themes are invited. Proposals for individual papers should not exceed 400 words, those for panels not 800 words in length.

  • Proposals should be submitted to the Organizing Committee before or on May 2nd, 2014.
  • Submissions can be made to HER2014@mi.mun.ca.
  • Details concerning communication, registration, accommodation, and the program can be found at the workshop website.

Wonder how the workshop is like? Read a review about the previous workshop in Ljubljana




EUREDOCS conference for PhD candidates

euredocs9th EUREDOCS conference “Missions of higher education and research in the 21st century” will be held at Centre de Sociologie des organisations, Sciences Po Paris in France at 23-24 May 2014.

EUREDOCS is a network of European doctoral students working on issues related to the Europeanization of higher education and research. It aims to facilitate and enable more communication among doctoral students and new doctoral candidates and to promote publication and dissemination of research results and to facilitate exchange and mobility among young scholars in this field. EUREDOCS is an interdisciplinary network and accepts membership from doctoral students and recent doctoral candidates in sociology, political science, economics, history, and educational studies.

The 9th EUREDOCS conference will explore the broad question of the evolving purposes and missions of higher education and research in the 21st century. Three subthemes have been identified for  the conference, but these should not be seen as exhaustive:

  • The influence of European union and international institutions in the redefinition of higher education and research missions
  • The transformations of higher education and research purposes and the changing university boundaries
  • Evolving higher education and research missions, the academic profession and the students

The specific benefit of the EUREDOCS conference is that all selected papers receive substantial feedback and discussion, usually there is between 45-60 minutes per paper for presentation and discussion. This implies that the conference is  rather selective and only 12-16 papers will be selected.

Participants will have to cover their own travel costs, but the organisers cover accomodation and meals during the time in Paris for those participants who present a paper.

The deadline for the submission of a proposal is 30 January 2014.

Download the call for more information on the conference theme, how to  submit a proposal and  the application form. 




Call for participants: Workshop on governance of the Europe of Knowledge in Cambridge

eracrnThe European Research Area Collaborative Research Network (ERA-CRN) has announced a workshop on the Governance of the Europe of Knowledge, 10-11 April, at Robinson College in Cambridge.

The workshop is based on presented papers, and they expect theoretical, empirical and comparative contributions that investigate the role of the ‘four I’s’ – ideas, interests, instruments and institutions in the context of Europe of Knowledge. More information about the proposed research themes and topics can be found in this attached 2014 Cambridge workshop call (pdf).

The workshop is organised by Dr Diana Beech (Cambridge), Dr Meng-Hsuan Chou (NTU), Dr Julie Smith (Cambridge). The organisers cover accomodations for selected participants for the duration of the workshop. If you are interested, please send the following to Meng-Hsuan Chou hsuan.chou@cantab.net) and Julie Smith (jes42@cam.ac.uk) before the 9th of December 2013, 18.00 GMT:

  1. Paper title
  2. Extended abstract (700 words)
  3. Thematic focus of the paper (ideas, interests, institutions or instruments)
  4. Your name, email and contact details
  5. Current institutional affiliation and position