HE Research Centers in CEEHE Research Centers in CEE

Higher Education Research Centers in Central and Eastern Europe

Center for Educational Public Policies (Romania)

The center was founded in 2014, as the first and only NGO in Romania that aims to contribute directly to processes of developing, implementing and evaluating public policy in the field of education through activities such as independent research in the field, policy advising, capacity building etc. The CPEdu team and its expert collaborators are specialized in policies concerning higher education, but also offer expertise and consultancy for bottom-up policy proposals for organizations specializing in primary and secondary education. CPEdu's activities include: offering expertise in the field of educational policy for adequately fundamenting decisions with an impact on higher education; research and consultancy; coordination, management, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of projects and programs in education policy; developing innovative tools; promoting examples of good practice, stimulating youth participation in educational processes. The center's main thematic areas of expertise are: the internationalization of education and academic mobility, access, social equity and cohesion, quality assurance of education, student centered education, financing higher education, the Bologna Process, EU strategy for the modernization of universities, processes and international policies, ethics and transparency, social dimension, equity and access. (Introductory presentation)
Director/Chair: Daniela Alexe


Center for Higher Education Research and Development (University of Debrecen, Hungary)

The objective of the Centre is to carry out researches and developments in higher education in Debrecen and its region. The Centre fulfills the following functions: it seeks out, keeps record of, and conveys those R&D problems which emerge in connection with the Bologna Process at the University or in the region; it conveys the given problems to the appropriate decision preparation and decision-making bodies and it proposes R&D&I solutions; it carries out researches dealing with current development questions in Debrecen and the region. The Center also provides development services primarily for those who take part in the process of reform (e.g. providing technical preparation of those who are to habilitate, organizing courses for middle managers working in higher education in the region etc.). It takes part in scientific R&D and innovation tendering to be able to carry out basic research related to the development of higher education. (Introductory presentation)
Director/Chair: Gabriella Pusztai


Center for International Higher Education Research (Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary)

The Center is an umbrella organization for those researches who are teaching and pursuing research in various fields of higher education at different faculties of Corvinus. Other researchers from Hungarian universities can join to the Center, too. One of the goals of the Center is to join European research consortia and to contribute to their results in the analysis of the educational processes with suggestions and proposals. The Center has strong interest in the following topics: management and governance of higher education institutions; funding of higher education; internationalization of higher education, mobility in higher education; social dimension of higher education; quality assurance; analysis of the three-cycle system and the introduction of Bologna-type study programs. (Introductory presentation)
Director/Chair: József Berács


Center for Public Policy Studies (University of Poznan, Poland)

The Center focuses on higher education research and policy, especially through large-scale international comparative research projects. Its major areas of interest include university governance, welfare state and public sector reforms, the academic profession, university-business links, and academic entrepreneurialism. The Center has been a partner in about 20 global and European research projects, funded by the European Commission, European Science Foundation (ESF), Fulbright, Ford, and Rockefeller foundations. There are 7 postdoctoral researchers employed in the Center at the moment. The Center also publishes a semi-annual journal, Nauka i Szkolnictwo Wyższe - Science and Higher Education and hosts semi-annual national conferences of Polish higher education researchers, acting as a national hub for higher education research and policy. (Introductory presentation)
Director/Chair: Marek Kwiek


Centre for Public Policy (West University of Timișoara, Romania)

The Centre is West University of Timișoara's recent initiative to channel university research towards public policy themes. Research and dissemination are currently performed by Centre's personnel, in cooperation with researchers, academics and students of the West University of Timișoara and from other organizations performing research. The Centre is coordinated by a scientific board, which includes reputed scholars. The Centre runs its own research projects, partly financed from West University of Timișoara resources and partially funded from external sources. The major research projects of the Centre are: (1) the evaluation of doctoral schools in Romania (2) the assessment of the socio-economic impact of the West University of Timișoara in the region, (3) the assessment of higher education funding policies, and (4) evaluation of the impact of the local budget on the economy. The Centre provides consultancy to externals, as well, upon request. (Introductory presentation)
Director/Chair: Viorel Proteasa


National Academies of Sciences and Research Organisations (Research Group, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Centre for Social Sciences, Budapest)

We are an interdisciplinary research group at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, representing various fields of social sciences and united by a shared interest in the institutional context of academic research. Our goal is to assess how career and other research-related decisions are shaped by the institutional setting, through factors like funding, employment, or the system of academic degrees and titles; how perceptions of stability, prestige, funding motivate decisions about career, mobility, cooperation; how these factors play out in the various national academic settings, and how changing these could help creating a research area in Europe that is more effective, more robust, and more integrated. We are particularly interested in possible strategies to cope with the institutional and cultural legacy of the soviet-type organization of science. (Introductory presentation)
Director/Chair: András Jakab


Research Group on Higher Education and Innovation (Institute of Education, Faculty of Education and Psychology, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest)

The Research Group on Higher Education and Innovation is committed to promote research in higher education with special regard to the fields of learning, teaching and organizational and management processes and to promote research of innovation systems in the educational sector including the micro and macro level processes. The Group is simultaneously engaged with the theory of higher education and educational innovation as well as with the practical challenges of higher education research, higher education studies and innovation research in education. The Group is responsible for the conceptualization and ongoing development of the Higher Education Pedagogy specialization of the Master of Educational Sciences of Eötvös Loránd University. The group regularly organises workshops with different thematic focuses in order to cooperate with other higher education institutions and external partners and to disseminate its research results and to learn from others. (Introductory presentation)
Director/Chair: Gábor Halász


Tertiary Education & Research Institute (Brno, Czech Republic)

TERI is a private non-for-profit think tank whose main mission is to conduct independent research and provide education and knowledge dissemination in the area of higher education policy, science policy, research & development, innovation policy, knowledge and technology transfer. In the tertiary education area among the most relevant topics are the Bologna process, system transformation and diversification and qualification framework. In the research & development area TERI is focused particularly on the legal framework of research & development, state aid and commercialization. (Introductory presentation)
Director/Chair: Aleš Vlk


Yehuda Elkana Center for Higher Education (Central European University, Budapest)

The center is a collaborative academic initiative promoting applied policy research, consultancy and professional training in higher education. It builds on more than two decades of experience at CEU in policy research in higher education, as well as policy advising and professional development programs for governments, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and higher education institutions from countries on all continents. The Center is committed to pursuing the overall open society mission of CEU and places a particular focus on applied studies and practical initiatives regarding the relationship between higher education policies and practices, and issues of democratic development. Research, training, and applied policy projects are carried out by CEU faculty members, researchers, and graduate students in cooperation with higher education experts from other universities and organizations worldwide. (Introductory presentation)
Director/Chair: Liviu Matei