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Kalpazidou Schmidt, Evanthia; Graversen, Ebbe Krogh – Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education Research, 2018
The study presented here identifies robust and time-invariant features that characterise dynamic and innovative research environments. It takes as its point of departure the results of an empirical study conducted in 2002 which identified the common characteristics of 15 dynamic and innovative public research environments, and focusses on their…
Descriptors: Guidelines, Innovation, Research Universities, Research
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Jungblut, Jens; Vukasovic, Martina – Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education Research, 2018
Increasing reliance on market mechanisms in higher education is analysed both as one of the approaches to steering as well as in relation to the consequences of markets for quality and accessibility of higher education. This article goes beyond the normative considerations of market elements as inherently good or bad and the economic theory-guided…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Foreign Countries, Marketing, Access to Education
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Elken, Mari; Stensaker, Bjørn; Dedze, Indra – Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education Research, 2018
It has been argued that universities are changing into becoming more professional as organizations, and this paper investigates this claim by exploring the emergence and tasks of communication departments in modern universities. Examination of universities in six Baltic and Nordic countries shows that communication departments are working closely…
Descriptors: Universities, Communications, Departments, College Administration
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Torp, Steffen; Lysfjord, Linda; Midje, Hilde Hovda – Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education Research, 2018
Because of governance and management changes in universities in recent decades, the working environment of university academics has changed. The objectives of this cross-sectional study were to investigate whether university academics are more workaholic and report more work-family conflicts than other university personnel and to provide empirical…
Descriptors: Family Work Relationship, College Faculty, Foreign Countries, School Personnel
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Schulze-Cleven, Tobias; Olson, Jennifer R. – Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education Research, 2017
This article explores the changing character and consequences of state authorities' evolving relationships with universities in the United States, Germany, and Norway--typical cases for different national worlds of higher education. It argues that across the three OECD countries, welfare states have strengthened market principles in university…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Government School Relationship, Cross Cultural Studies, Universities
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Afdal, Hilde W. – Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education Research, 2017
This article questions what kind of actors become involved and analyzes what forms of knowledge are activated, when discourses such as "research-based" and "profession-oriented" become basic preconditions in national curriculum change processes in Norway. A "mapping" is conducted, comprised of actors and ideas, played…
Descriptors: National Curriculum, Foreign Countries, Integrated Curriculum, Teacher Education
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Airey, John; Lauridsen, Karen M.; Räsänen, Anne; Salö, Linus; Schwach, Vera – Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education Research, 2017
Recently, in the wake of the Bologna Declaration and similar international initiatives, there has been a rapid increase in the number of university courses and programmes taught through the medium of English. Surveys have consistently shown the Nordic countries to be at the forefront of this trend towards English-medium instruction (EMI). In this…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Universities, Educational Policy
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Saarinen, Taina; Taalas, Peppi – Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education Research, 2017
Language policies have been drafted in Nordic higher education with the obvious, but unproblematised and unchallenged motivation caused by internationalisation. In this article, we analyse the various motivations for drafting language policies in Nordic higher education and the ideological implications of those motivations. We do this by…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Policy, Language of Instruction, Surveys
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Keinänen, Mia – Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education Research, 2016
Walking has long been associated with thinking. Anecdotal evidence from philosophers, writers, researchers, artists, business leaders and so forth testify to the powers of walking-for-thinking. This study explores walking-for-thinking among nine academics in Norway, four university professors, two research and development professionals, two…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, College Faculty, Teacher Attitudes, Correlation
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Elken, Mari; Hovdhaugen, Elisabeth; Stensaker, Bjørn – Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education Research, 2016
Global university rankings currently attract considerable attention, and it is often assumed that such rankings may cause universities to prioritize activities and outcomes that will have a positive effect in their ranking position. A possible consequence of this could be the spread of a particular model of an "ideal" university. This…
Descriptors: Reputation, Research Universities, Models, Interviews
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Pinheiro, Rómulo; Charles, David; Jones, Glen A. – Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education Research, 2016
This paper investigates historical and current developments regarding governmental policies aimed at enhancing spatial equity (access) or decentralisation of higher education provision in three countries--Australia, Canada and Norway. We then shed light on the links or interrelations between policy objectives and initiatives and institutional…
Descriptors: Cross Cultural Studies, Educational Policy, Equal Education, Trend Analysis
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Ljosland, Ragnhild – Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education Research, 2015
This paper deals with policymaking in the higher education sector as an activity which happens on many levels, with many and varying interests involved. As the present thematic issue highlights, language is present in higher education policymaking, whether explicitly or implicitly. This special issue's initial claim is that "Policy is what…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Educational Policy, Policy Formation
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Pinheiro, Rómulo; Antonowicz, Dominik – Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education Research, 2015
Access to higher education has become a key policy issue in most European countries in since the last half of the last century. We trace the historical development of the ways in which governments in two countries within the region, Norway and Poland, have attempted to steer developments. Three access waves or phases are identified and…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Higher Education, Foreign Countries, Educational Policy