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Stigmar, Martin – Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education Research, 2019
The purpose of this study is twofold: (1) to survey "whether" dissertations have been rejected in connection with the examining committees' sessions and, if so, upon which grounds, and (2) to conduct a problematizing discussion about the "pros and cons of written criteria" for doctoral dissertations. In Survey One (1984-2003),…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Doctoral Dissertations, Academic Failure, Evaluation Criteria
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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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Ekman, Marianne; Lindgren, Monica; Packendorff, Johann – Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education Research, 2018
In this article, we discuss how "managerialist" and "leaderist" discourses (O'Reilly and Reed "Public Administration" 88:960-978, 2010; "Organization Studies" 32:1079-1101, 2011) are drawn upon in the context of the deregulation of Swedish higher education. As of 2011, there has been new legislation that…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Universities, College Administration, Governance
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Brodin, Eva M. – Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education Research, 2018
The demand for developing creativity among doctoral students is found in a number of educational policies all over the world. Yet, earlier studies on Swedish doctoral education suggest that doctoral students' creativity is not always encouraged. Based on a critical hermeneutic approach and cases in four different disciplines, the aim of this study…
Descriptors: Creativity, Doctoral Programs, Psychiatry, Foreign Countries
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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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Young, Mitchell; Sørensen, Mads P.; Bloch, Carter; Degn, Lise – Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education Research, 2017
The emphasis on competitiveness and the knowledge-based economy in European policymaking has resulted in a heightened focus on monitoring and steering the science system, particularly through metric-based instruments. Policymakers' general aims of fostering excellent research and breakthroughs are shared by researchers as well; however, below the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Scientific Research, Universities, Researchers
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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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Pereira, Diana; Niklasson, Laila; Flores, Maria Assunção – Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education Research, 2017
This paper aims at investigating students' perceptions about assessment, especially the ways in which it is put into practice. Data were collected through questionnaires in different programmes in Portugal and Sweden. In total, 173 students from Portugal and 72 from Sweden participated in the study. Findings showed that students had similar ideas…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Comparative Education, Student Attitudes, Student Evaluation
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Nelson, Anders – Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education Research, 2016
With an aim to better understand higher education's potential for fostering personal development and social change, this study explores how students' actorship in studies and civic engagement changed over time while enrolled in undergraduate programs at Halmstad University, Sweden. Additionally, it explores the relation among these students'…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Social Change, Higher Education, Citizen Participation
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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