Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Luke Georghiou, Jennifer Cassingena Harper
    Pages 1-14 Open Access
  3. Mergers and Alliances from the Perspective of National Higher Education Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Liviu Andreescu, Radu Gheorghiu, Alina Irimia, Adrian Curaj
      Pages 33-55 Open Access
    3. Daniel Ljungberg, Maureen McKelvey
      Pages 57-79 Open Access
    4. Philip Gummett
      Pages 81-103 Open Access
    5. Siobhan Harkin, Ellen Hazelkorn
      Pages 105-121 Open Access
    6. Rui Yang
      Pages 123-144 Open Access
  4. Mergers and Alliances at the Institutional Level – Experiences and Lessons

About this book


Higher education in Europe and beyond faces a series of major challenges. The economic crisis has accelerated expectations of an increased role in addressing economic and societal challenges while, at the same time, putting pressure on available finances. Broader trends such as shifting student demographics and expectations, globalisation and mobility and new ways of working with business have contributed to these increased pressures. In the light of these trends there have been moves, both from national or regional agencies and from individual institutions to respond by combining resources, either through collaborative arrangements or more fundamentally through mergers between two or more universities. 

This volume seeks to draw upon recent and past experiences of mergers and associations short of a merger and to approach the subject both from a systemic level and from the perspective of individual institutions. Inevitably the two levels are interlinked but broadly speaking this distinction is used to separate Part 1, dealing with perspectives at the level of a nation and national system, although often illustrated by examples which extend the range of cases (for countries such as France, Sweden, Romania, Wales, China, South Africa), and Part 2, which takes us down to individual case-studies analysed in depth (in countries such as France, UK, Romania, Spain, Australia). These experiences of course also show responses to wider forces and initiatives but allow a more

detailed insight into the specific rationales and the implementation issues involved in effecting a university merger. Within the sections the general flow is from large to medium to small European countries and then to non-European.

The chapters of this volume tell stories and make contributions in their own right. An introductory chapter seeks to guide the reader by pointing out from the start some recurrent themes and tensions. In seeking to identify the phenomenon of university mergers, their causes and their consequences, a series of dichotomies are discussed: alliance vs merger; external vs internal motivation; education vs research; short-term vs long-term outcomes and assessment; and motivation and implementation.


CEI Collaboration of academic and non-academic organisations Competitive research funding Cooperation between universities and private entities Danube strategy Developing a comprehensive university Developing research innovation at universities Drivers of higher education EHEA European Higher Education Area Higher education system IDEX International Campus of Excellence Mahurele Hot-spot Mergers between universities National education law methodology Opportunities in higher education Ranking of study programmes Research capacities in universities Strategic positioning for universities

Editors and affiliations

  • Adrian Curaj
    • 1
  • Luke Georghiou
    • 2
  • Jennifer Cassingena Harper
    • 3
  • Eva Egron-Polak
    • 4
  1. 1.UNESCO Chair on Science and Innovation PoliciesNational University of Political Studies and Public Administration(SNSPA)BucharestRomania
  2. 2.Manchester Business School MBS Harold Hankins Bldg.The University of ManchesterManchesterUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.Malta Council for Science and TechnologyKalkaraMalta
  4. 4.Int Association of Universities (IAU)ParisFrance

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