DescriptionAssociate Member of the Centre for Higher Education Futures at Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark
A new Centre for Higher Education Futures (CHEF) has been established at Aarhus University as a partnership between the Danish School of Education (DPU) and the Centre for Teaching Development and Digital Media (CUDiM) to: • foster knowledge exchange between Danish and international researchers on higher education • create a new space for discussion between researchers and the policy community in Denmark and Europe • experiment with new models for higher education and its institutional forms.
|Period||13 Jan 2017|
- Higher Education
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The research unit aims critically to explore the transforming position, role and organization of universities through collaborative research projects, network activities, conferences, and experiments within three interlinked and internationally grounded focal areas: 1. Shifting Ecology of Higher Education Universities are now located in complex relationships with both private and public agencies (rankers, accreditation agencies, foundations, entrepreneurs etc.). They play an increasing role in ‘soft’ diplomacy, while international agencies and governments promote them as drivers of knowledge economies and as crucial for creating prosperous futures for students and society. The main research questions are: How to conceptualise and analyse the new mandate for universities and the ‘space’ in which universities are operating? How are universities negotiating with and being reshaped by these diverse interests? 2. Transforming academia In this new context, there have been extensive reforms to governance and management, research strategies and the very concept of education. Academics are faced with changing expectations about their work and identity, often embedded in new performance criteria and human resource management. How are students, academics and leaders understanding these changes and how are their responses and initiatives changing the internal life of universities? 3. Building the university of the future Results from the first two focal areas and ideas from a wide range of alternative modes of organising in other private and public sectors will be used to debate and model the future of higher education and its organization. Through its website, projects, seminars and summer schools, the unit will use its critical research to provide students, faculty, university administrators, university leaders and the higher education policy community with an internationally linked and reflexive space for exploring sustainable and liveable higher education futures.