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National Higher Education Reforms in a European Context

Comparative Reflections on Poland and Norway


Edited By Marek Kwiek and Peter Maassen

This book addresses the following research questions: What are the main transformations in European higher education? How do these transformations affect the national higher education systems of Norway and Poland? How do European-level higher education policy processes affect national higher education policies in Norway and Poland, especially in the areas of funding and governance? Europe and the two countries are the units of analysis, with different authors choosing different research foci and different disciplinary approaches.


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Dominik Antonowicz has a PhD in sociology and works as a researcher and lecturer at the Institute of Sociology, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń (Poland). A former Chevening scholar (Birmingham University), the Foundation for Polish Science scholar (Center of Higher Education Policy Studies, Twente University). A sociologist, higher education researcher and policy analyst. His research interests include public policy and higher education, internationalization of higher education, university governance and transformations of the academic profession. He served as an adviser to the Ombudsmen (dr. Janusz Kochanowski) and a full-time adviser to the Minister of Science and Higher Education in Poland (prof. Barbara Kudrycka). He is currently a member of Committee for Evaluation of Research Units in Poland. Mari Elken is currently undertaking her PhD at the University of Oslo, after having taken a multidisiplinary masters degree in higher education studies at the same university and further working as a research assistant on various projects related to higher education. Her PhD project is focused on the development of the European Qualifications Frameworks in Europe, and her research interests are linked to the development of Europe of Knowledge, qualifications frameworks, higher education governance and policy, and the role of institutional structures and actors in policy processes. In addition, she is involved in teaching at the Master programme of Higher Education, and is also currently running the Hedda blog on higher education. Åse Gornitzka is associate professor at the Department of Political Science at the University of Oslo (UiO). In addition she is research...

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