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University Dynamics and European Integration

University Dynamics and European Integration This book explores the visions underlying the attempts to reform the European University as well as two European integration processes. It presents a framework for analyzing ongoing modernization reforms and reform debates that take place at various governance levels and a long-term research agenda. It convincingly argues why the knowledge basis under the current University reforms in Europe should be considerably strengthened. ; ThesubjectofthisbookistheinstitutionaldynamicsoftheEuropeanUniversity. We are interested in how this institution is affected by ongoing processes of European integration. What attempts are undertaken at the European level to build up insti- tional capacity in the areas of higher education and research policy? How do these emergingEuropeancapacitiesrelatetothetraditionalnationalpolicymakingresp- sibilities and arrangements in these areas? How is the organization and functioning of the European University influenced by the adding of a new governance layer with respect to higher education and research? How do the developments with respect to European higher education and research policy compare to the situation in other, federal systems, such as the USA? This book explores the visions underlying the attempts to reform the European University as well as two European integration p- cessesaffectingUniversitydynamics. Aboveall,thebookpresentsaframeofanalysis and a long-term research agenda addressing the above questions. At the beginning of the twenty first century there is a clear political “momentum” for the University in Europe. The Lisbon summit of 2000 has (re-)confirmed the role oftheUniversityasacentralinstitutioninthe“EuropeofKnowledge. ”Consequently, we can observe that since 2000 the Commission has become highly interested in the UniversityasanobjectofEuropeanlevelpolicy-making. Thisisclearlyinspiredbythe interpretation of the University’s central role in connecting education, research, and innovation,andtheassumptionthattheeffectivenessofthisconnectionisconsidered to be of major importance for the competitiveness of Europe’s economies, and the level of social cohesion of its societies.; List of Contributors.- Preface.- PART I: INTRODUCTION: Chapter 1: European Debates on the Knowledge Institution: The Modernization of the University at the European Level: Johan P. Olsen and Peter Maassen.- PART II: PERSPECTIVES ON UNIVERSITY DYNAMICS: Chapter 2: The Institutional Dynamics of the European University: Johan P. Olsen.- Chapter 3: A Rule-governed Community of Scholars: The Humboldt Vision in the History of the European University: Thorsten Nybom.- Chapter 4: An Instrument for National Political Agendas: The Hierarchical Vision: Åse Gornitzka and Peter Maassen.- Chapter 5: An Internal Representative System: The Democratic Vision: Harry de Boer and Bjørn Stensaker.- Chapter 6: A Service Enterprise: The Market Vision: Carlo Salerno.- PART III: EUROPEAN REFORM PROCESSES: Chapter 7: The Bologna-Process: An Intergovernmental Policy Perspective: Guy Neave and Peter Maassen.- Chapter 8: The Lisbon-process: A Supranational Policy Perspective: Åse Gornitzka.- PART IV: A RESEARCH AGENDA: Chapter 9: 'Europe of Knowledge'. Search for a New Pact: Åse Gornitzka et al.- REFERENCES.- Index.; From the reviews: "University Dynamics and European Integration is a collaborative effort aiming to explore the visions underlying the attempts to reform the European University. … This book invites reformers to reflect on their intents. … Policymakers have picked on a topic where academics have heartfelt things to say, and this work promises to be an invitation to a significant and interesting discussion." (Tito Correa, Times Higher Education Supplement, October, 2007) ; Peter Maassen is an expert in public governance (including policy reform and institutional change) of higher education; university leadership and management; and North-South development cooperation in higher education and science. Current research interests are: changes in public governance models with respect to higher education; the contribution of higher education to regional development in developed as well as developing countries; the governance of access to higher education; and the effects of European integration on higher education. He is also co-editor of our book series Higher Education Dynamics. Academic background in Public policy analysis, with a focus on the field of higher education policy studies. Professional experience includes the directorship (1997-2000) of the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS), University of Twente. In addition, major experience in system and institutional level reviews in higher education, at the assignment of individual universities and colleges, national Ministries and governments, as well as international bodies and organisations, such as OECD, UNESCO and World Bank. ; The European University is under stress. It has become commonplace to argue that radical reforms are needed. The claim is that while environments are changing rapidly, European universities do not learn, adapt and reform themselves fast enough. Reform plans comprise the purposes of universities, i.e. definitions of what the University is, can be and should be, criteria for quality and success, the kinds of research, education., services and innovation to be produced, and for whom. Reform plans also include the universities’ organization and financial basis, their governance structures, who should influence the future dynamics of universities, and according to what principles. In contrast, it can be argued that the currently dominant reform rhetoric is only one among several competing visions and understandings of the University and its dynamics. What is at stake is "what kind of University for what kind of society" and which, and whose values, interests and beliefs should be given priority in University governance and reforms? This book explores the visions underlying the attempts to reform the European University as well as two European integration processes ("Bologna" and "Lisbon") affecting University dynamics. Above all, the book presents a framework for analyzing ongoing "modernization" reforms and reform debates that take place at various governance levels, not least the European level, and a long-term research agenda. ; Represents a unique cooperation initiative of internationally leading general social scientists with higher education specialists Presents an important framework of analysis in an area that is usually ‘theory-poor’ A detailed research agenda for the coming 5 to 10 years is presented Convincingly argues why the knowledge basis under the current University reforms in Europe should be considerably strengthened ; The European University is under stress. The claim is that while environments are changing rapidly, European universities do not learn, adapt and reform themselves fast enough. Reform plans comprise the purposes of universities and include the universities’ organization and financial basis, their governance structures, who should influence the future dynamics of universities, and according to what principles. In contrast, it can be argued that the currently dominant reform rhetoric is only one among several competing visions and understandings of the University and its dynamics. This book explores the visions underlying the attempts to reform the European University as well as two European integration processes ("Bologna" and "Lisbon") affecting University dynamics. It presents a framework for analyzing ongoing modernization reforms and reform debates that take place at various governance levels, not least, the European level and a long-term research agenda. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

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This book explores the visions underlying the attempts to reform the European University as well as two European integration processes. It presents a framework for analyzing ongoing modernization reforms and reform debates that take place at various governance levels and a long-term research agenda. It convincingly argues why the knowledge basis under the current University reforms in Europe should be considerably strengthened. ; ThesubjectofthisbookistheinstitutionaldynamicsoftheEuropeanUniversity. We are interested in how this institution is affected by ongoing processes of European integration. What attempts are undertaken at the European level to build up insti- tional capacity in the areas of higher education and research policy? How do these emergingEuropeancapacitiesrelatetothetraditionalnationalpolicymakingresp- sibilities and arrangements in these areas? How is the organization and functioning of the European University influenced by the adding of a new governance layer with respect to higher education and research? How do the developments with respect to European higher education and research policy compare to the situation in other, federal systems, such as the USA? This book explores the visions underlying the attempts to reform the European University as well as two European integration p- cessesaffectingUniversitydynamics. Aboveall,thebookpresentsaframeofanalysis and a long-term research agenda addressing the above questions. At the beginning of the twenty first century there is a clear political “momentum” for the University in Europe. The Lisbon summit of 2000 has (re-)confirmed the role oftheUniversityasacentralinstitutioninthe“EuropeofKnowledge. ”Consequently, we can observe that since 2000 the Commission has become highly interested in the UniversityasanobjectofEuropeanlevelpolicy-making. Thisisclearlyinspiredbythe interpretation of the University’s central role in connecting education, research, and innovation,andtheassumptionthattheeffectivenessofthisconnectionisconsidered to be of major importance for the competitiveness of Europe’s economies, and the level of social cohesion of its societies.; List of Contributors.- Preface.- PART I: INTRODUCTION: Chapter 1: European Debates on the Knowledge Institution: The Modernization of the University at the European Level: Johan P. Olsen and Peter Maassen.- PART II: PERSPECTIVES ON UNIVERSITY DYNAMICS: Chapter 2: The Institutional Dynamics of the European University: Johan P. Olsen.- Chapter 3: A Rule-governed Community of Scholars: The Humboldt Vision in the History of the European University: Thorsten Nybom.- Chapter 4: An Instrument for National Political Agendas: The Hierarchical Vision: Åse Gornitzka and Peter Maassen.- Chapter 5: An Internal Representative System: The Democratic Vision: Harry de Boer and Bjørn Stensaker.- Chapter 6: A Service Enterprise: The Market Vision: Carlo Salerno.- PART III: EUROPEAN REFORM PROCESSES: Chapter 7: The Bologna-Process: An Intergovernmental Policy Perspective: Guy Neave and Peter Maassen.- Chapter 8: The Lisbon-process: A Supranational Policy Perspective: Åse Gornitzka.- PART IV: A RESEARCH AGENDA: Chapter 9: 'Europe of Knowledge'. Search for a New Pact: Åse Gornitzka et al.- REFERENCES.- Index.; From the reviews: "University Dynamics and European Integration is a collaborative effort aiming to explore the visions underlying the attempts to reform the European University. … This book invites reformers to reflect on their intents. … Policymakers have picked on a topic where academics have heartfelt things to say, and this work promises to be an invitation to a significant and interesting discussion." (Tito Correa, Times Higher Education Supplement, October, 2007) ; Peter Maassen is an expert in public governance (including policy reform and institutional change) of higher education; university leadership and management; and North-South development cooperation in higher education and science. Current research interests are: changes in public governance models with respect to higher education; the contribution of higher education to regional development in developed as well as developing countries; the governance of access to higher education; and the effects of European integration on higher education. He is also co-editor of our book series Higher Education Dynamics. Academic background in Public policy analysis, with a focus on the field of higher education policy studies. Professional experience includes the directorship (1997-2000) of the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS), University of Twente. In addition, major experience in system and institutional level reviews in higher education, at the assignment of individual universities and colleges, national Ministries and governments, as well as international bodies and organisations, such as OECD, UNESCO and World Bank. ; The European University is under stress. It has become commonplace to argue that radical reforms are needed. The claim is that while environments are changing rapidly, European universities do not learn, adapt and reform themselves fast enough. Reform plans comprise the purposes of universities, i.e. definitions of what the University is, can be and should be, criteria for quality and success, the kinds of research, education., services and innovation to be produced, and for whom. Reform plans also include the universities’ organization and financial basis, their governance structures, who should influence the future dynamics of universities, and according to what principles. In contrast, it can be argued that the currently dominant reform rhetoric is only one among several competing visions and understandings of the University and its dynamics. What is at stake is "what kind of University for what kind of society" and which, and whose values, interests and beliefs should be given priority in University governance and reforms? This book explores the visions underlying the attempts to reform the European University as well as two European integration processes ("Bologna" and "Lisbon") affecting University dynamics. Above all, the book presents a framework for analyzing ongoing "modernization" reforms and reform debates that take place at various governance levels, not least the European level, and a long-term research agenda. ; Represents a unique cooperation initiative of internationally leading general social scientists with higher education specialists Presents an important framework of analysis in an area that is usually ‘theory-poor’ A detailed research agenda for the coming 5 to 10 years is presented Convincingly argues why the knowledge basis under the current University reforms in Europe should be considerably strengthened ; The European University is under stress. The claim is that while environments are changing rapidly, European universities do not learn, adapt and reform themselves fast enough. Reform plans comprise the purposes of universities and include the universities’ organization and financial basis, their governance structures, who should influence the future dynamics of universities, and according to what principles. In contrast, it can be argued that the currently dominant reform rhetoric is only one among several competing visions and understandings of the University and its dynamics. This book explores the visions underlying the attempts to reform the European University as well as two European integration processes ("Bologna" and "Lisbon") affecting University dynamics. It presents a framework for analyzing ongoing modernization reforms and reform debates that take place at various governance levels, not least, the European level and a long-term research agenda.

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