Yesterday, 2nd of July, it was announced that the new European Tertiary Education Register (ETER) database is now published and accessible for users. The database represents a “new transparency approach to higher education“, according to the press release by the European Commission.
In the press release, Androulla Vassiliiou, the Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth commented on the potential of new register: “It will increase transparency in higher education and help develop a wider range of analysis and information, improve links between education and research, and support the diversity of higher education in Europe.“.
The ETER database provides detailed information on 2250 higher education institutions in Europe, including such information as:
- Institutional descriptions, e.g. the name of the institution and founding year.
- Geographical description such as region, city of the main seat and postcode.
- Numbers of students and graduates at diploma, bachelor, master, doctoral level, gender, fields of education, nationality and mobility.
- HEI expenditure and revenue.
- Number of academic and non-academic staff, number of professors.
- Research activities (PhD students, R&D expenditure)
For this information, the database allows to create individual reports and also export them to Excel. This database will also be continuously updated based on information from national statistical authorities, and it is expected that it will provide information to make meanigful comparisons across Europe – for instance on average size, profile, age or the public/private balance in various systems. ETER is seen to complement data from the U-Multirank project, the new multidimensional ranking tool launched earlier this year.
The register has been developed by a consortium of four partners: USI – Università della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano, Switzerland; Joanneum Research, Graz, Austria; NIFU – Nordic Institute for Studies in Innovation, Research and Education, Oslo, Norway; and University of Rome La Sapienza.