Book Launch and Policy Forum

The Governance of European Higher Education: Convergence or Divergence?

The conclusion of the Bologna Process and the establishment of the European Higher Education Area promised the harmonisation of European higher education. Recent research, embodied in The Governance of European Higher Education: Convergence or Divergence? ( Michael Shattock, Aniko Horvath and Jurgen Enders, 2023, Bloomsbury) raises questions about whether this ambition is being realised. Based on a detailed study of five representative European national systems and on 180 face to face interviews the findings suggest that any unification of systems is being overtaken by national policy initiatives—threats to institutional autonomy, the imposition of severe economies, changing expectations of institutional mission, the pressures of massification. The aim of this Policy Forum will be to test out this thesis and consider the future directions that European higher education might take.

Schedule:

9.00 – 9.30 Arrival, coffee, discussions

9.30 – 10.30 Book launch of The Governance of European Higher Education: Convergence or
Divergence?
Discussion of the book by the three authors: Professor Michael Shattock – University College London and University of Oxford; Professor Jurgen Enders – University of Bath; Aniko Horvath – VU Amsterdam and the University of Oxford;
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10.30 – 11.30 Keynote by Professor Pedro Teixeira, State Secretary of Higher Education of Portugal
and Professor of Economics and Higher Education at the University of Porto
Title: Governance trends in European Higher Education – Convergence or Divergence?
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11.30 – 12.00 noon – coffee break

12.00 – 1.30 Panel discussion on Higher Education governance trends in Europe and globally
Panel discussants:
Professor Gregor Halff, Dean Faculty of Social Sciences VU Amsterdam
Professor Bjorn Stensaker, Vice Rector for Education at University of Oslo
Thomas Jorgensen, Director of Policy at the European University Association,
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