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The Modernisation of European Universities

Cross-National Academic Perspectives

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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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Foreword and Message. Jan Truszczyński

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Foreword and Message Jan Truszczyński Foreword and message from Mr Jan Truszczyński regarding the publica- tion of a collection of papers on the Modernisation of Higher Education fol- lowing the Presidency Conference on the Modernisation of Higher Educa- tion in Sopot, 24-25 October 2011. 2011 was another good year for EU co-operation in higher education. The Euro- pean Union set out a strategic agenda in which the European Commission, Member States, higher education institutions and other stakeholders will work together to maximise the contribution of higher education in helping Europe emerge stronger from the economic and financial crisis, by boosting graduate numbers, improving teaching quality and raising skills, and developing its ca- pacity for innovation. This strategy is important for everyone involved in delivering university- level education. It highlights the areas where countries and higher education in- stitutions need to do more to respond to the needs of the 21st Century, and it sets out where European action can help, by supporting reforms in Member State through sharing experiences about effective policies and practices and through EU funding programmes. In 2012 our focus is upon implementation: we will be working to bring to fruition several high profile commitments which we announced in the Agenda for the Modernisation of Higher Education. These include the establishment of a high-level expert group on excellence in teaching; and the piloting of a trans- parency instrument to help prospective students navigate their way around the maze of higher education offers and to help...

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