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Conference Theme – Call for Papers

This is the second conference organized as part of the Central European Higher Education Cooperation (CEHEC) project.

In 2014, CEHEC launched a new series of annual conferences co-hosted by 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), in collaboration with partners from the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia. Each conference in this series brings together researchers, policy makers, university leaders and other experts in higher education from Central and Eastern European (CEE) region and from other parts of the world. The main aim is to stimulate scholarly and professional dialogue on current trends and key issues in the region’s higher education, as well as promote enhanced collaboration and experience sharing in higher education and science policies.

The call invites papers dedicated to the higher education sector in the CEE region are invited, but relevant contributions from other regions are also welcome, including comparative studies.  We expect conceptual, as well as empirical papers.


The 2016 CEHEC conference will focus on three themes:

1)    Management and governance

For this theme we invite papers regarding aspects of the relationship between state and institutions, policy implementation practices (at institutional as well as sector level), internal governance and management of higher education institutions –including specific management of specific functions and operations (such as HR, marketing, recruitment, financial operations etc.).

2)    Societal relevance

This theme encourages papers regarding the understanding by various actors of how higher education can be made more relevant to the society, and how to close the gap between theory and practice, including aspects such as: cooperation with the business sector/industry, technology transfer and commercialization,  entrepreneurial universities as well as employability of graduates, pedagogical innovations to incorporate workplace knowledge into the curriculum, human resource policies of institutions to attract, retain and utilize people with work experience, and institutional practices to strengthen the links with local (and also non-local) communities.

3)    Research and development policy in the CEE region and its impact on universities

Most higher education institutions from the CEE region do not score very high in rankings based on scientific achievements and at the same time underperform in the competition for European Union research grants. This theme focuses on addressing this “lagging behind” this phenomenon by looking into science policies (such as the allocation of resources) as well as institutional settings in the region (e.g. the role of national academies of science vis-à-vis higher education institutions).