Higher Education Research is one of the focus areas of Utrecht University. In order to analyse and discover the potential for further development, the project ‘Mapping Utrecht University's field of Higher Education Research’ will be undertaken. The project aims are to create an overview of established and emerging research initiatives, and analyse areas for growth, and opportunities for cooperation.
The mapping exercise will cover all higher education research at UU faculties and centres, as well as (central level) institutional research. It will be looking at publications, PhD projects, UU data collections, funding sources, and external partnerships.
The thematic reach of the exercise will be guided by the international and state-of-the-art understanding of the HER field. It will thus focus on micro (teaching and learning), meso (organisational), and macro (system) levels, and include contributions from a broad range of disciplines, including interdisciplinary approaches (see Figure 1.1. Higher education research: Mapping the field in Huisman & van der Wende 2022). The methodological approach will be based on recent publications in this area (Danekindt & Huisman, 2020; Kolster, Westerheijden & Vossensteyn, 2018; Tight, 2019).
Openness is a necessary condition for universities to compete and collaborate internationally, to contribute to an open society, to global challenges, and the public good. However, openness cannot any longer be taken for granted in the changing global context. Rising geo-political tensions, security concerns, illiberal trends, internal tensions in the EU, jeopardize institutional autonomy, academic freedom and potentially weaken the university’s ability to play its role as a core institution of the open society. Read more: Openness challenged the university at risk.pdf
The project aims to explore and explain the differences in the perception and implementation of internationalisation as manifest in the academic disciplines and
professional fields, as a way to improve our understanding of internationalization and to better inform institutional policy.
To this end, a refined (new) conceptual model is being developed to be explored and tested in a range of disciplinary and professional fields
Published in: China and Europe on the New Silk Road: Connecting Universities Across Eurasia. Edited by Marijk van der Wende, William C. Kirby, Nian Cai Liu, and Simon Marginson. Oxford University Press, 2020.