University governance in Japan: Reluctant reformers or dedicated followers of fashion?

Author: Don Westerheijden

Christensen (2011) maintained that ‘Japan joined the countries implementing a NPM-like university reform rather late, reflecting its status as a “reluctant reformer”.’ Indeed, the major change to university governance came only in 2004, when NPM had been around in higher education since a quarter of a century. Was Japan then just a dedicated follower Read More…


“Students as university’s knowledge ambassadors? Introduction to the CHEPS OPENUNI project”

Author: Matt Bucholski

Today’s universities frequently engage in research in cooperation with societal stakeholders and industries. No longer are they ivory towers on the landscape of knowledge production, universities increasingly strive for societal relevance and valorisation of research. This holds especially true within the Dutch higher education system, where initiatives such as the Dutch National Research Agenda (Nationale Wetenschaps Agenda, aim to provide scientists with topics and questions that different publics deem research-worthy. Read More…

Implications of Trump’s presidential victory for U.S. higher education

Author: Jay Dee

trump-2016Donald Trump’s unexpected victory in the U.S. presidential election has produced a great deal of uncertainty in the U.S. higher education community.  This uncertainty relates to Mr. Trump’s highly unconventional campaign in which he espoused views Read More…

“Internationalization!” and the student community – A case from a Dutch campus university

Author: Rainer Mensing has become a central theme for many universities around the world. Especially here in the Netherlands, this has become a major objective. Recently, the Vereniging Hogescholen, representing the Universities of Applied sciences, and the VSNU, the association of the Dutch universities, published a document in which they stated that they want to be one of the top five knowledge economies. Part of the strategy is to convey a common vision on internationalization (VH & VSNU, 2015). Next to these common commitments, there are also other developments that drive internationalization at some institutions. Read More…


Author: Franziska Eckardt
Co-Author: Willem-Jan Velderman

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figure-1Recently, I travelled to Bristol for an ESRC seminar ‘Neighbourhood Ways of Knowing and Working’. Before the start of the seminar, I had some spare time, so I decided to go out for a little walk to discover the city. On my way, I suddenly realised Read More…

Integration of refugees in higher education in Europe

Author: Ola Mostafa

Shedding the light on the refugee crisis is an intriguing aspect that many European institutions are taking into consideration recently. After the huge influx of refugees in Europe in 2015, many international and national organizations have taken the initiative to be involved actively in helping refugees better integrating in the new host country. Although many attempts have been sought to accelerate the chances of integration refugees, little has been done to consider how important it is to provide education to those who were forced to drop out due to war situation. The role of higher education is crucial in embracing the refugee crisis. Read More…

How can universities create future innovators?

Author: Nadine Zeeman

Current measures that aim to capture the contribution of universities to innovation capacity usually focus on the HEI research activities.  But there is a growing recognition that this only tells part of the story, and in particular we are losing sight of the ways in which students human capital also contribute to innovation capacity.

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