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Knowledge Politics and Policies @ ECPR 2021 General Conference

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Pradeep Singh and Bowen Xu The European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) had its second virtual General Conference held between 30th August – 3rd September 2021. This year ECPR has attracted over 2,400 scholars worldwide participating in 66 sections covering a wide range of topics and presentations. For the ECPR Standing Group on Knowledge Politics and […]

From semester to credit hour – the historic making of academic time as a strategic resource

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Alexander Mitterle Working in academia comes with adapting to different timeframes: some universities use semesters, others quarters or terms. A course at a German university can be timed in semester weekly hours (SWS) or in credit points. In both cases they differ – with a usual time-span of 45 minutes – from the U.S. equivalent: […]

About time to research higher education! – A workshop-based reflection on European higher education research(ers) in times of uncertainty

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Alina Felder Convening virtually over the course of three days (30 June – 2 July 2021), twelve PhD students from six countries exchanged about current research and challenges to researching the area of higher education. The workshop on ‘European higher education in times of uncertainty’ comprised two keynote lectures by senior researchers – Jeroen Huisman […]

A reflection about useful tools for researching the Europeanisation of cross-border cooperating universities

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By Alina Felder Education and research are at the fore of strategies to enhance competitiveness in the European Union. Higher education institutions thus appear as the nexus of the different knowledge related EU policies that aim at excellence in research, mobility in education or at cohesion through cross-border cooperation. In my research, I focus on […]

Comparing cross-border cooperation practices of European(ized) higher education institutions

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Alina Felder European higher education institutions are receiving substantial attention in various areas of EU policy making. They are expected to foster excellence in research, mobility in education and cohesion through cross-border exchange. Yet, the interrelationship of these different governance sites for a Europe of Knowledge (Gornitzka 2010) appears under investigated. While higher education policy […]

Why does the European Union act externally on higher education?

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Why would one want to understand the conditions that have allowed for the establishment of the European Union’s (EU) external higher education policy? Because these insights help to get one’s head around the externalisation trends in other fields of EU supporting and shared competence, from energy to health and migration. They also have relevant, practical […]

When one door closes, another opens…

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On Monday, 10th Feb, I attended the UCL’s European Careers Event 2020. It was organised for graduates, particularly of the UCL and others. Since I am not an institutionalised academic, I do not have a piece of first-hand knowledge to what talks are taking places in the European Studies Departments across the country about the […]

Responsible University: Exploring the Nordic Context and Beyond

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What is the ‘responsible university’? What does it mean for universities to address the Sustainable Development Goals? And what is specific about universities in the Nordic countries? These are some of the questions addressed in a new book ‘Responsible University: Exploring the Nordic Context and Beyond’, edited by Mads P. Sørensen (Aarhus University, Denmark), Lars […]

Wrestling With the Challenges of a Qualitative Interview

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If the earlier blog entries (October, November, December and January) covered the thematic scope of the envisaged research project, then this one is dedicated to the complexities of data processing, namely, qualitative interviews, the challenges in analysing the acquired insights. Recently reviewed scholarly remarks on the process tracing and practice tracing most relevant for my […]

Field and Habitus in the European Southern Neighbourhood Context

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Introduction Since science diplomacy is a relatively nascent field of scholarly enquiry, it is worth exploring its capacity to keep in step with other dynamic contemporary theoretical currents which are pre-occupied with the evolution of diplomacy. Science diplomacy holds the potential to induce the practice theory with a broader view of the diverse actors engaged […]

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