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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.

This includes questions such as: 

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

Conference review: 10th International Workshop on Higher Education Reform in Ljubljana

Inga Zalyevska

Inga Zalyevska

This guest post is by Inga Zalyevska who is currently enrolled as Masters student in Research and Innovation in Higher Education, an Erasmus Mundus program coordinated by Danube University Krems and University of Tampere. 

The International Workshop on Higher Education Reform was held in its 10th edition on October 2-4 at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia. As the title suggests, the event was focused on reform, with the emphasis on the big picture over time. Keynote speakers and panelists were invited to trace the impact of higher education reform over the past several decades and forecast its future development.

The conference was a comfortable size of about 80 participants from different countries in the EU, North America, Africa and Asia. The majority of the attendees were senior scholars and policy analysts – a group well qualified to provide a bird’s eye view of the HE reform, but also perhaps disillusioned or even ‘tired’ of the issue as Catherine Odora Hoppers, the first keynote speaker, admitted. Her address reviewed the development of South African HE since its establishment and into recent times.

The first panel of the day was on Academic Freedom Past – Academic Freedom Future. Here the agreement was that reforming HE away from the Humboldtian model and toward the new managerialism results in less freedom and more unnecessary redtape for the professors. The panelists seemed to agree that the Humboldtian model worked fine and had its own built-in instruments of quality control without the paperwork. At the same time, massification and new tools in teaching designed to deal with it (e.g. MOOCs) are also tearing at the ‘unity of teaching and learning’.

Call for participants: SCANCOR workshop on institutional analysis

scancor2013SCANCOR (The Scandinavian Consortium for Organizational Research) facilitates cooperation between member institutions in Scandinavia and greater Europe and Stanford University. Every year it holds a PhD workshop on institutional analysis. The 11th SCANCOR PhD Workshop on Institutional Theory hosted by The Hebrew University of Jerusalem at January 5-9, 2014.

Theme: Institutional theory has been a dominant school of thought in organization theory for over four decades. Nonetheless, this approach faces several pressing theoretical and methodological challenges. This Ph.D. workshop brings together scholars who are developing novel solutions to these challenges, most notably to issues of change and variety, as well as measurement of institutional influences and effects.

The workshop is organized around two related features: (1) a morning public lecture series where faculty present current research; (2) sets of seminar sessions for enrolled doctoral students devoted to (a) classic and contemporary theoretical developments within institutional theory and (b) research methods that advance institutional research. Students will take away new insights and measures, and a deeper understanding of how to match conceptual questions with research methods. The workshop will prepare PhD students to carry out their own individual research using the methods of institutional analysis.

More information can be downloaded here (pdf)

Application deadline August 1, 2013 by online submission here

Call for Participants: SCANCOR workshop for institutional analysis

SCANCOR (The Scandinavian Consortium for Organizational Research) facilitates cooperation between member institutions in Scandinavia and greater Europe and Stanford University. Every year it holds a PhD workshop on institutional analysis. This year SCANCOR is hosting its annual PhD workshop at WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business) August 27-31, 2012.

The workshop is highly selective and is aimed at Nordic and European doctoral students and has focus on developing the theoretical and methodological knowledge of the participants. Relevant topics include a number of topics highly relevant for PhD students who work with universities and higher education.

The workshop is organised around three activities: research seminars presenting current research by the faculty, seminars to discuss both classic and modern institutional theory, and seminars for methodoloigical discussions. The presenters this year include world renowned scholars such as Bruce Carruthers from Northwestern University, Gili Drori from Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Victoria Johnson and Jason Owen-Smith from University of Michigan and Walter W. Powell from Stanford.

You can find more information about the opportunities and requirements for participation by downloading the extended course information (.pdf) here.

Deadline: May 1st 2012

We have earlier interviewed Gili Drori for our Hedda podcast series where she reflects on the homogenisation and diversification and gives her insights of a project analyzing university branding. You can listen to the podcast here.

Call for Participants: ‘Innovating Governance in the Construction of the European Research area’

ARENA and UACES are jointly arranging a workshop titled ‘Innovating Governance in the Construction of the European Research Area’, in Oslo, Norway on 8 June 2012.

Workshop aim: to enable the creation of a pan-European collaborative research network
: Johan P Olsen room, ARENA, University of Oslo, Norway
: 10:00-16:30, Friday, 8 June 2012

The aim of this workshop is to enable the creation of a pan-European collaborative research network by bringing together scholars at all career stages and policy-makers working on the construction of a Single Market of Knowledge. The EU Commission launched the European Research Area in January 2000 and is scheduled to present in June 2012 a ‘Framework on the European Research Area’ that will pave the way for its completion by 2014.

Whilst high on the EU political and policy agenda, the creation of the European Research Area is one of the most under-studied phenomena in European integration. What is the European Research Area and what is its governance structure? How has it evolved and what is the relationship between this ‘area formation’ and others (e.g. the European Higher Education Area)? What are the pressing issues (e.g. legitimacy, effectiveness, or democratic accountability) concerning these developments? Are the theories and approaches we have for investigating European integration adequate to capture and account for its evolution? These are some issues the participants are expected to explore.

The workshop welcomes scholars at all career stages and policy-makers working on the European Re-search Area or related issues. To facilitate constructive interaction, the total number of participants is limited to 15.

MODERN: Senior Leadership Workshop

In order to facilitate management of change in European universities, the The EU-MODERN Project is arranging a workshop for senior leadership in universities: “Effecting Change in Higher Education Institutions“.

The workshop takes place in Brussels, on 13-14 April 2011. The deadline for registration is 3rd of March, more detailed instructions for registration can be found on MODERN website.

The workshop will use both plenary sessions, with presentations from senior experts in higher education management illustrated by real-life university cases, and small group sessions using a peer-learning model, facilitated by an organisational development trainer and certified coach.

MODERN is a three-year EU-funded Structural Network (2009-2011) under the Lifelong Learning (ERASMUS) programme, with 10 core and 29 associate partners. The project is led  by ESMU.