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System integration and institutional autonomy in research and higher education: dynamics of change at European, national and university levels

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An enduring tension in systemic integration in public sector governance has featured the relations between state and its agencies and organizations devoted to specific tasks. Thus periods of greater leeway to sub-systemic organizational autonomy have intertwined with periods of contraction and stronger central control, and vice versa. A recent example is the wave of so-called […]

Competing for foreign talent in a globalised world: is Europe losing out?

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Labour market shortages in high-skilled sectors, demographic changes and the constant pressure to innovate have prompted governments around the world to engage in a global competition for talent. Against this context, the regional dimension has become increasingly important as governments seek to activate all policy instruments in the race for the ‘best and brightest’. This […]

Whither will the Europe of Knowledge amidst the Crisis?

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At the end of the second millennium, the European Union (EU) boldly proclaimed that within a decade it aimed to become the ‘most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world’. This ambition and its renewal through the Europe 2020 Strategy have seemingly been forgotten and, indeed, neglected amidst the Crisis. To what extent has […]

Q&A with Tamson Pietsch: How are Empires of Scholars built?

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A key concept within the Europe of Knowledge is the ‘fifth freedom’ – free movement of knowledge. In this Q&A, we ask Tamson Pietsch, a historian, to tell us about how scholarly networks are built in the British academic world. Q1: What is Empire of Scholars about? At the start of the twenty-first century we […]

Why informal grass-root collaboration matters for European research?

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For the last 30 years European research landscape has been significantly shaped by the EU Framework Programme. At the same time, informal collaboration among researchers outside externally funded projects remains important for creativity and vitality of European research. Increased role of projects: opportunities and threats Since the early professionalisation of the scientific community in the […]

Introducing the European Research Area CRN

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Hello, hello! We are UACES’s collaborative research network on the European Research Area (welcome to our home). This is our official blog where we discuss all issues concerning the construction of the European knowledge area: from controversies to technical details and thoughtful reflections about current and future developments. This network started as a casual conversation […]

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