2014 EFMD Higher Education Research Conference in Stockholm

EFMDTheme for this years conference is Research on Higher Education Management, Management Education and Business Schools: “Developments & Discoveries”. The conference is hosted by Stockholm Business School, at Stockholm University in Sweden, at 15-16 May 2014.

The main target group for the conference is to facilitate research and dialogue on topics related to Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and business schools by bringing together academics from management, higher education and other fields.

Three keynote speakers have been confirmed:

  • Rosemary DEEM, Vice Principal and Professor of Higher Education Management, Royal Holloway College, University of London
    “Developments and Discoveries in Research on Higher Education Management”
  • Santiago IÑIGUEZ DE ONZOÑO, Dean and Professor of Strategic Management, IE Business School
    “Bridging the Agora and the Academia: Relevance and Impact of Business School Research”
  • Ken STARKEY, Professor of Management and Organisational Learning, Nottingham Business School
    “In Search of a Narrative: Reflections on the Evolution of the Business School”

More information on conference website




Interview with Prof. B. Stensaker about his new appointment in a national commission

Professor Bjørn Stensaker  (HEIK, University of Oslo)

Professor Bjørn Stensaker
(HEIK, University of Oslo)

Bjørn Stensaker is a Professor of Higher Education at the University of Oslo and is also involved in the Hedda Master programme in higher education with teaching and supervision of students. He is also a member of the research group HEIK (Higher Education: Institutional dynamics and knowledge cultures)

Recently, he was appointed to a newly founded National Commission in Norway that will examine the funding structure of higher education and advise the Minister on future developments. The Commission is led by Torbjørn Hægeland and it will deliver their conclusions by the end of the year. On this occasion, we asked Bjørn about his thoughts related to the new appointment and his evaluation on the current state of affairs in Norwegian higher education. 

You have newly been appointed to the national commission that will look into the funding system of HE in Norway. Could you tell a little what the role and mandate for the group will be?

Well, it is still early days, and it should be underlined that the Commission haven’t had its forst meeting yet. However, the Minister has been quite clear that one of the main aims of the Commission is to look into how quality within the sector can be fostered through the funding system. This would imply a shift from the current system which is more emphasising productivity/efficiency.

In your opinion, what are some of the core issues in Norway that highlight the need for re-examining the funding system? (more…)




Scholarships for students in South Eastern Europe to study in Austria

scholarshipsThe Province of Styrtia and University of Graz have a project “GO STYRIA” focuses on incoming research mobility for Master and Doctoral students as well as Post-Docs. In the winter semester 2014/2015 a total of 50 scholarship months can be awarded.

The scholarship program aims at Master and Doctoral students who:

  • Are currently  registered at universities in South-Eastern Europe (Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” (F.Y.R.O.M.), Albania, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Moldova) and also still registered during the winter semester 2014/15.
  • Are currently already working on their master of doctoral thesis.
  • Want to have a study period at the University of Graz as exchange students in order to do research and then finish their degree at their home universities.

Furthermore, Post-docs from Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” (F.Y.R.O.M.), Albania, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Moldova, who have completed their PhD programme with excellent results. The completion of the doctorate should not be older than 1 year at time of application.

Application deadline – 30 April 2014 – (receiving deadline of application via surface mail).

More information and the application form can be found here.




Student blogger: International students and democratic deficit?

Enzo Rossi  (University of Oslo)

Enzo Rossi
(University of Oslo)

This guest entry is written by Enzo Rossi, who is a current student of the HEM programme, a former full-time student representative, and the co-founder of Internationalista, a platform that aims at increasing international students’ awareness of democratic processes and  involvement in governance at the University of Oslo. 

Are international students disproportionately underrepresented in formal governance, decision-making and leadership positions? Data for Norway seems to suggest that this is the case for all Norwegian Universities except Stavanger!

Democratisation has been hailed as one of the benefits of student mobility (Guruz, 2008). International students are expected to gain democratic principles from their adopted countries and go back home with an increased respect for democracy and a desire to uphold the rule of law and participate governance and decision making processes, becoming a positive influence for their community. But how can this be operationalised? How can democracy become an integral part of a study programme? One of the easiest ways to involve foreign students in democracy in their place of study is through being involved in student democracy.

Enzoblog2Norway has a long democratic tradition in its universities, and all decision making bodies must have student presence. Norwegian Students’ Unions have a pretty homogeneous way of doing things, they elect representatives for their “student parliament”, the highest decision making body for students, from different political factions present on campus. Several of those are linked to specific political parties and others are based on faculties or interests. Those elected then in turn elect students to take a paid sabbatical year working at the student parliament. (more…)




2 PhD positions in Germany on research policy

business Zeppelin University (ZU) in Friedrichshafen on Lake Constance is a state-recognized endowment university, accredited by the German Council of Science and Humanities, and bridging business, culture and politics. It is committed to interdisciplinarity, internationality and individuality in research and teaching with its 14 accredited and top-ranking bachelor, master, and doctoral programs in business, culture and social sciences. As a player in civil society, ZU exerts its impact especially in social innovations in and for society. Zeppelin University is seeking to appoint

Two research associates (PhD candidates) for the Energy Cultures Research Group

In part-time (80%) at the next possible date. The Research Group is funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) for four years; a one-year extension is possible. (more…)