Tag Archive | students

“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, http://www.wetenschapsagenda.nl) aim to provide scientists with topics and questions that different publics deem research-worthy. Read More…


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

Author: Rainer Mensing

http://admissions.vanderbilt.edu/vandybloggers/manage/files/alumnilawn3_2048.jpgInternationalization 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…

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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Social class and success in Higher Education: Understanding student retention in Greece

Author: Olga Tzafea

Drop-out-ladderOfficial data shows that access to higher education (HE) has expanded greatly in recent decades, whereas completion rates (the proportion of students who start and complete their studies), have remained roughly the same (Tinto 2012). A growing number of students either do not complete a programme of study in a predetermined time-period, or dropout.

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Post three: Expected scale and impact of the investment

InvestmentIn our previous post we reflected on the autonomy of institutions – today we would like to talk about the investment plan of the strategic agenda. Read More…

CHEPS blog series announcement: Our Reflections on the Strategic Agenda for Dutch Higher Education and Research 2015- 2025

Presentation1In the summer of 2015 the Strategic Agenda for Dutch Higher Education and Research 2015- 2025 was published, and focused on the direction Dutch higher education should take in the coming decade. It was conceived by the Minister of Education, Culture and Science in collaboration with the Minister and the Secretary of Economic Affairs. The Strategic Agenda is based around four themes: quality of education, talent development and diversity, accessibility and the connection with society. Read More…