Challenges and Options: The Academic Profession in Europe

  • Maria de Lourdes Machado-Taylor
  • Virgílio Meira Soares
  • Ulrich Teichler

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Maria de Lourdes Machado-Taylor, Virgílio Meira Soares, Ulrich Teichler
    Pages 1-8
  3. Higher Education Academia: Global Challenges

  4. Portuguese Higher Education Academia

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 67-67
    2. Maria de Lourdes Machado-Taylor, Virgílio Meira Soares, Rui Brites, J. Brites Ferreira, Minoo Farhangmehr, Odília Gouveia et al.
      Pages 69-139
  5. Country Chapters

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 141-141
    2. Ulrich Teichler, Ester Ava Höhle, Anna Katharina Jacob
      Pages 167-191
    3. Gaële Goastellec, Fabienne Crettaz von Roten
      Pages 211-229
    4. John Brennan, Rajani Naidoo, Monica Franco
      Pages 231-252
  6. Maria de Lourdes Machado-Taylor, Virgílio Meira Soares, Ulrich Teichler
    Pages E1-E1
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 253-267

About this book


This volume explores the various issues that have impact on the academic career of professionals in European Higher Education. Higher education institutions (HEIs) are now traversed by profound uncertainties and are more challenged than ever on quality issues, in its conceptual nature and in the extension and amendment of its mission. 
The first part of book deals with the challenges and issues in the higher education academic career. It discusses, amongst others, the influence of European policies and changes, the cultural differences in academics’ preferences for teaching or research, the increasing inequality in academics’ working conditions and the changing nature of academic strategy in the transformational world of higher education, which holds implications for academic structures, work and careers.
The second part analyzes the findings of a national study on satisfaction of academics in the Portuguese higher education, carried out at the Centre for Research on Higher Education Policies (CIPES).
The third part of this book offers a comparative analysis on a number of national European case studies, focusing on the changing relevance and increasing expectations around the academic career. The concluding chapter of the volume argues if the academic profession is merely an artificial term that has to do with a heterogeneous range of occupations or if there are important common elements of the academic profession across European Higher Education systems. 


Higher education institutions (HEIs) Academic career of professionals in European Higher Education Cross-national approach on academic careers in Higher Education Results of the national Portuguese satisfaction study Review on the human capital literature in the higher education Analysis of the changing nature of academic strategy

Editors and affiliations

  • Maria de Lourdes Machado-Taylor
    • 1
  • Virgílio Meira Soares
    • 2
  • Ulrich Teichler
    • 3
  1. 1.CIPES – Centre for Research in Higher Education PoliciesMatosinhosPortugal
  2. 2.ULisbonCIPES Centre for Research in Higher Education PoliciesLisbon, MatosinhosPortugal
  3. 3.International Centre for Higher Education Research (INCHER-Kassel)University of KasselKasselGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-45843-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-45844-1
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