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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Schiet individuele prestatiebeoordeling van onderzoek zijn doel voorbij?

Author: Harry de Boer

Onderzoek doen is topsport. In topsport draait het om topprestaties en deze prestaties worden breed uitgemeten. Prestaties worden genadeloos geregistreerd. Carrières worden gemaakt en gebroken omdat de tijdwaarneming geen genade kent en het scoreboard nooit liegt.

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Who gets to play in the Science Champions League?

Author: Renze Kolster

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Football and academia are two very different sectors, but not as different as one might think. What happened in football might indicate what is to come for universities.

Football is known for its fierce competition within clubs (no player wants to sit on the bench) and between clubs, domestically, regionally and globally. But today, Read More…

Fashion, ratio and accreditation 3.0 in the Netherlands

Author: Don Westerheijden

Many countries are currently discussing new quality assurance policies. Examples include: Belgium, where the Flemish institutions have shaken off programme accreditation; the UK, where a new Teaching Excellence Framework is being developed; and the USA, where accreditation is under heavy pressure to change. Discussions about a new accreditation approach are happening in the Netherlands as well.

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Higher education quality assurance in China: student satisfaction needs to be strengthened

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As the practices of quality assurance in higher education develops, questions about how to manage quality become increasingly important. The trend in managing quality in higher education is to take account of student engagement and learning outcomes (Coates, 2005), as well as to address the desire to improve students’ satisfaction with the educational process (Hall, et al., 2012). This trend is worldwide.  Read More…

U-Multirank releases third global university rankings

U-MultirankToday U-Multirank, the largest global university ranking, has published its latest release of data online: www.umultirank.org revealing that, while American universities continue to dominate research performance, the picture is far more diverse when it comes to teaching and other strengths.

The third annual edition of U-Multirank is the largest since its launch in 2014 featuring over 1,300 universities, from more than 90 countries, with more than 3,250 faculties and 10,700 study programmes. It includes over 27,000 performance scores at an institutional level alone and another 66,000 in 13 subject areas, many of which are included for the first time. Read More…

22 March 2016: Brussels attacks call for integration through education

Author: Hans Vossensteyn

Tuesday 22 March 2016, Motel One in the centre of Brussels, Rue Royale, 2 km from metro station Maelbeek. I get up at 07:00 and open my laptop to prepare for a project meeting with DG Education and Culture of the European Commission at 11:00 on the Relevance of Higher Education for Society. At 8:00 I look out of my window. The armed soldiers arrive to guard one of the EU buildings behind the hotel, business as usual.  Read More…