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The Modernisation of European Universities

Cross-National Academic Perspectives


Edited By Marek Kwiek and Andrzej Kurkiewicz

The recent decade brought about new ways of thinking about universities. European-level educational policies became increasingly influential as the agenda of university reforms was viewed as part of greater Lisbon strategy reforms. National governments adopted the economic concept of the university consistently developed in subsequent official documents of the European Commission. The EU member states currently need to balance their educational policies between the requirements of policies promoted by the EU and the requirements of their national systems. Additionally, the national educational policies are under high pressure due to globalisation. European universities and European academics operate in the midst of these large-scale changes. Their interpretations of and their responses to what is termed «the modernisation agenda of European universities» are at the core of this volume.


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Andrzej Kurkiewicz is a Deputy Director of the Department of Strategy at the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education. He is an assistant professor in the Institute of Public Affairs at the Jagiellonian University and holds a PhD from this university. He specializes in public sector management. His major are- as of research interest include project management, security management, and social policy with particular emphasis on educational policy. He has been a Polish delegate to a number of expert panels and working groups of the Europe- an Commission, such as Directors General for Higher Education (DGHE) meet- ings and the Working Group on the Modernisation of Higher Education. Marek Kwiek is a full Professor and Founding Director (2002) of the Centre for Public Policy Studies at Poznan University, Poland. His research interests include university governance, globalization and education, supranational and European educational policies, welfare state and public sector reforms, the ac- ademic profession, and academic entrepreneurialism. He has published about 100 papers and 10 books, most recently The University and the State: A Study into Global Transformation (2006); University Transformations. Institutional Change and Educational Policies in Europe (2010, in Polish); and the forth- coming Knowledge Production in European Universities: States, Markets, and Academic Entrepreneurship. Also, he is a higher education policy expert to the European Commission (EC), USAID, OECD, the World Bank, UNESCO, OSCE, the Council of Europe, and UNDP in twelve transition countries. Apart from about 20 international higher education policy projects, he has participat- ed in about...

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