Tuning project in Africa

tuning africaTuning Africa

Tuning Africa was launched as a cooperation project between the EU and African Union. Following the 2007 Joint Strategy, a process was initiated to create more compatible structures and systems of higher education across the African continent.

Phase I had its aims to create a “collaborative, consultative process involving academics working in subject groups with employers and other stakeholders in curriculum development to enhance student competences”. The first phase period was 18 months, and 5 subject areas were in focus.The project has now entered Phase II where additional subject area will be examined, among others also higher education management. In October 2015, the first general meeting as held, collecting participants from over 100 universities in 42 African countries.

The “Tuning” methodology originates from Europe, and was initiated in 2000 as a process to follow up the objectives of the Bologna Process and Lisbon Strategy. The aim is to create cross-national points of reference and common understanding in specific subject area levels.

Developing a post-graduate programme in Higher Education Management

As part of the Tuning and Harmonization of HE Initiative supported by the African Union and European Commission there is a process to develop a Post-Graduate Programme in Higher Education Management. The developers are kindly inviting friends and colleagues in this forum to participate in a survey that involves students, academics, employers and graduates interested/concerned in HE to provide their opinions on the proposed generic and specific competencies for the Programme.

If you wish to contribute to the development of the programme, view the survey here. The survey takes approximately 20 mins.  (more…)

Call for applicants: Hedda higher education master programme at University of Oslo – 2016 admission

Are you interested in knowing more about the role of higher education in modern knowledge society and how it operates? The Faculty of Education at the University of Oslo (Norway) is proud to offer an award winning 2-year Master of Philosophy Programme in Higher Education.

The two year research focused international programme is the first Master’s programme on higher education in Europe and one of the few in the world covering a broad range of disciplinary perspectives on higher education.

We are delighted to inform you that the application round for European and Nordic countries is soon opening (1st of February!). So if you considering applying, start preparing your application already!

Listen to the Director of Hedda, Professor Peter Maassen talk about the Master Programme:

Or, view two of our students sharing their views of the field and the Master Programme after completing the first semester of the programme.

Multidisciplinary programme

The programme is focused on changing functions, policies, and operations of Higher Education using an international and comparative perspective. The students receive a solid basis for analysing and critically assessing change processes at all relevant levels in higher education – from activities inside the classroom to understanding national and global developments.

International focus

The student body and staff are highly international. The programme has had students from more than forty countries in the world, including faraway places such as Maldives and Vanuatu, as well as USA, China, Brazil, UK, Australia and various European countries. 
In addition, the students have an opportunity to spend parts of their studies in partner institutions abroad.

Innovative and high quality learning environment


Call for papers: University futures conference

unikeThe conference “University futures” is arranged as a part of the UNIKE project. The conference is held June 15 – 17 2016, at the Danish School of Education, University of Aarhus, Copenhagen Campus in Denmark.

The main focus of the conference is following: How is a wide range of businesses and other stakeholders engaging with and reassembling the university? What is meant by internationalisation? Must it only be a strategic aim or can it be a participatory process? How are universities mobilised by nations and regions in the global knowledge economy? How can ideas from feminism and post-capitalism be used to create a liveable university? What would it mean to have an open system of higher education? Are there alternative ways of organising the university and its relations with society? 

Interested in submitting a paper? The call of papers can be found below.

Call for papers:


Consultation of EUs new modernisation agenda for higher education

Flag_of_Europe.svgIn the end of 2015, the European Union announced a new consultation in their plans for a new modernisation agenda.

The consultation is carried out in the form an online questionnaire and focuses on the following aspects:

  1. the current strengths and weaknesses of higher education in the EU
  2. the priority areas where those in charge of higher education should focus their attention and
  3. how you think the EU should support efforts to improve higher education.

The target audience is wide, including students, higher education institution staff and researchers, social partner organisations representing employers and workers, governmental bodies, relevant associations, and umbrella organisations. Read more here.

The consultation will be open until 29th of February and summaries of the views received can be expected about a month after that.

Call for papers: Politics of higher education, research and innovation section at ECPR 2016

one of the panels at the section for Knowledge policies at the 2015 ECPR conference in Montreal

The section for Knowledge policies at the 2015 ECPR conference in Montreal

The ECPR conference has for several years had a successful section on Europe of Knowledge (for instance, read reviews on the 2014, 2013 and 2011 conferences). This year, the section has been widened in relation to the proposed Standing Group on knowledge politics. Below is the global call for papers for the section at ECPR 2016 conference.

This is a global call for the ECPR 2016 ‘Politics of Higher Education, Research, and Innovation’ section (formerly Europe of Knowledge) endorsed by the proposed Standing Group of the same name.The ECPR General Conference will be held on 7-10 September 2016 in Prague, Czech Republic.

You will find below the section abstract along with short panel abstracts and the contact details of the panel organisers. Extended CFPs for each panel will be circulated and posted on the CRN’s site in the coming weeks.

If you are interested in submitting a paper to one of these panels please contact the panel chair(s) directly (contacts are below) to discuss your ideas before the 24th of January 2016 or submit an abstract independently to the section before the formal deadline (15 February 2016) via MyECPR. Please note that ECPR only allows individuals to perform each conference function (including paper presenter) once within the academic programme, though multiple co-authorship is possible.

Section description: Knowledge policies are at the forefront of contemporary global politics and are seen as the foundation on which societies coalesce and economies thrive. This section builds on the previous four sections on the Europe of Knowledge and invites contributions from around the world to consider the various dimensions of knowledge policy development. Specifically, we are interested in theoretical, empirical, and comparative contributions that investigate the role of the ‘four I’s’ – ideas, interests, instruments and institutions – in the global, multi-level, multi-issue, and multi-actor governance of knowledge policies, including failures and successes. By ‘role’, we refer to effects that ideas, actors (individual, organisational), policy instruments/mixes, and institutions have had on the governance of knowledge policies, and vice-versa. We focus on ‘roles’ to enable a multidisciplinary discussion on whether these factors share defining characteristics across different knowledge policy domains (i.e. research, higher education, and innovation), and between distinct governance levels and geographical regions. This section continues to welcome scholars from all theoretical and methodological approaches to critically discuss the reconfiguration of knowledge systems around the world.