HSE Joins Group of Global Centres for International Higher Education Studies
In January 2016, six university research centres representing countries in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa came together to form an international consortium whose main objective is to develop a strategy for carrying out comparative higher education research in various regions around the world.
Aside from the Higher School of Economics’ Centre for Institutional Studies, the group includes five other research centres that are leaders in their regions when it comes to international higher education studies. Representing South America is the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Europe – the Centre for Higher Education Internationalization of Italy’s Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Asia – the School of Education from China’s Shanghai Jiao Tong University, North America – the Centre for International Higher Education at Boston College (U.S.), and Africa – the Centre for Higher Education Development at South Africa’s University of KwaZulu-Natal.
‘On their own continents, these centres are the best known academic coordinators of research in the field of higher education,’ comments the Director of the HSE Centre for Institutional Studies, Maria Yudkevich. ‘We have been working with them for a long time. With some schools, like Boston College, we carry out various joint projects together, while with others we have participated in comparative research studies as experts who represent different countries. The creation of this consortium is the next step in large-scale comparative research on various regions and on the world as a whole. Russia’s participation in the group means that our country is being included in the global agenda, and this is an opportunity to formulate important research questions,’ she adds.
The group of institutions is also supposed to represent the viewpoint of developing countries where higher education research is underway, and this is expected to add to the established Anglo-Saxon tradition of researching this field.
According to the Director of the Centre for International Higher Education at Boston College, the group intends to launch several exciting projects in the near future: a comparative study of doctoral education in the world, with a specific focus on emerging and developing countries; research on Catholic universities, identity and internationalization; a summer institute in 2017, planned to take place in Shanghai; and a conference called “Higher Education Forum on Africa, Latin America and Asia” to be organised by Professor Damtew Teferra, director of the Centre for Higher Education Development, in Durban, on August 19-20 of this year.
During a working seminar at the group’s first conference, which took place in Chile in January 2016, participants discussed the successful publication of the journal Higher Education and Beyond, which is produced with the support of the journal International Higher Education. ‘The consortium is planning to use our achievements as a guide when publishing the new Higher Education in South-East Asiain Singapore. HSE’s experience speaks to the need for regional publications of this kind,’ Maria Yudkevich concludes.
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