Nemzetközi Felsőoktatási Kutatások KözpontjaCenter for International Higher Education Studies

Welcome to the homepage of the Center for International Higher Education Studies!

The research center conducts basic and applied research in the field of the national and international higher education. The center provides a project organizational framework for participants which, taking advantage of the synergies of cooperation, offers opportunities to formulate and carry out new research directions, to participate at national and international research tenders and also to develop higher education-related courses and programmes in the long term. The members of the Center, besides fulfilling their departmental positions, carry out the projects using the resources provided by the projects.

Gergely Kováts , Executive Director CIHES

Current News

Change in Management at CUB-CIHES

The Center for International Higher Education Studies at the Corvinus University of Budapest (CUB-CIHES) was established in May 2008, with the aim of providing a new, interdisciplinary forum in higher education research. Next year we will be 10 years old. This occasion will provide us with the opportunity to reflect on the past 10 years. On the one hand we can look back on what we have accomplished, on the other hand we can focus on what the Hungarian higher education achieved in an international context.

The three founders of the CIHES, Ildiko Hrubos, professor Jozsef Temesi and professor Jozsef Beracs represented three disciplines, three faculties, and as co-directors led the organization in turns during the first six years. Over the past three years József Berács has served as the managing director and Gergely Kovats as the deputy director of the organization.

In accordance with our previous ideas, Erzsebet Kovacs, dean of the Faculty of Economics CUB, appointed Gergely Kovats the new CIHES executive director from 1 March, 2017, for an indefinite period.

The Center counts on the support of professor Berács and the other founders in the future.

(11 March 2017)

Abstract submission for CEHEC 2017 is extended until 28 February 2017

We kindly inform you that the abstract submission for the CEHEC 2017 has been extended until 28th of February 2017. Extended abstracts can be submitted  to Template for abstract submission can be founded hereWe hope to see you in Budapest!

(10 February 2017)

Title and abstract of keynote presentation on CEHEC 2017 is announced

We will have six keynote lectures on the conference. The titles are as following: 

  • Andrée Sursock: European Trends in Teaching and Learning
  • Manja Klemenčič: Reaching for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in Central European Higher Education 
  • Ligia Deca: Long Term Strategies for Higher Education in Central and Eastern Europe: a New National Trend or an Elusive Goal?
  • Harry F. de Boer: Towards a Contractual State Model in Higher Education. Changes in the Relationship between the State and the HEIs
  • Attila Pausists: Stratification and Diversification of Higher Education: From the Social Contract to the Mission of Universities
  • Jeroen Huisman: Structural Reforms in Higher Education: Recent Experiences and the way Forward 

The abstracts of presentations are available here.

(10 February 2017)

Call for papers: 3rd Central European Higher Education Cooperation (CEHEC) Conference (24-25 April 2017)

The Center of International Higher Education Studies (CIHES) at the Corvinus University of Budapest and the Yehuda Elkana Center for Higher Education at Central European University (CEU) invite papers for the 3rd Central European Higher Education Cooperation (CEHEC) Conference entitled "Worry or Not - Higher Education in Central and Eastern Europe. Current Trends and Scenarios for the Near Future" to be held on 24-25 April 2017 in Budapest.  

Confirmed keynote speakers are Andrée Sursock (EUA), Harry F. de Boer (CHEPS), Manja Klemenčič (Harvard University), Ligia Deca (State Adviser to the Romanian President), Attila Pausists (Danube University Krems) and Jeroen Huisman (Ghent University).

We invite papers dedicated to the higher education sector in the CEE region, but relevant contributions from other regions are also welcome, including comparative studies. The deadline of abstract submission is 1st February 2017.

Further information, registration and abstract submission is available on the conference website.

(1 December 2016)

A book on the introduction of the chancellor system has been published

"The introduction of the chancellor system into the Hungarian higher education. Experience and expectations" (edited by Gergely Kováts) has been published by the Center. The book is available in Hungarian with English summaries here.

"Hungarian Higher Education 2014 - Strategic progress report" is available (in English)

The strategic progress report for 2014 presents higher education on as many as fifty pages, with lots of tables and graphs, and yet, it is still fragmentary. The authors (József Berács, András Derényi, Gergely Kováts, István Polónyi, József Temesi) of the study are all members of CUB-CIHES, but not all of them are full-time employees of the university. Since 2014, the research centre has been open to Hungarian and foreign higher education researchers as well. This gives even more variety to our study, which we recommend to all readers interested in higher education. The report can be downloaded from here.






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