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The European Higher Education Area

Between Critical Reflections and Future Policies

  • Offers unique insights regarding the state of affairs of European higher education research and focuses on essential themes in European higher education policies

  • Presents the most recent research done on the future of the Bologna Process

  • Bridges the gap between policy and research within the context of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA)

  • Includes supplementary material:

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Table of contents (53 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xliii
  2. Internationalization of Higher Education

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Balanced Mobility Across the Board—A Sensible Objective?

      • Irina Ferencz
      Pages 27-41Open Access
    3. Challenges of Student Mobility in a Cosmopolitan Europe

      • Janine Wulz, Florian Rainer
      Pages 43-58Open Access
    4. Redefining Internationalization at Home

      • Jos Beelen, Elspeth Jones
      Pages 59-72Open Access
    5. Becoming Bologna Capable: Strategic Cooperation and Capacity Building in International Offices in Kazakhstani HEIs

      • Jason Sparks, Adil Ashirbekov, Aisi Li, Lynne Parmenter, Zakir Jumakulov, Aida Sagintayeva
      Pages 109-126Open Access
    6. Internationalization Strategies and Policies in Second-Tier Higher Education Institutions

      • Hans de Wit, Miri Yemini, Randall Martin
      Pages 127-143Open Access
  3. Higher Education Financing and Governance

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 145-145
    2. Strategies for Efficient Funding of Universities in Europe

      • Enora Bennetot Pruvot, Anna-Lena Claeys-Kulik, Thomas Estermann
      Pages 153-168Open Access
    3. Financing Research Universities in Post-communist EHEA Countries

      • Ernő Keszei, Frigyes Hausz, Attila Fonyó, Béla Kardon
      Pages 169-184Open Access
    4. Policy Incentives and Research Productivity in the Romanian Higher Education. An Institutional Approach

      • Lazăr Vlăsceanu, Marian-Gabriel Hâncean
      Pages 185-203Open Access
  4. Excellence and Diversification of Higher Education Institutions’ Missions

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 239-239

About this book

Bridging the gap between higher education research and policy making was always a challenge, but the recent calls for more evidence-based policies have opened a window of unprecedented opportunity for researchers to bring more contributions to shaping the future of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). Encouraged by the success of the 2011 first edition, Romania and Armenia have organised a 2nd edition of the Future of Higher Education – Bologna Process Researchers’ Conference (FOHE-BPRC) in November 2014, with the support of the Italian Presidency of the European Union and as part of the official EHEA agenda. Reuniting over 170 researchers from more than 30 countries, the event was a forum to debate the trends and challenges faced by higher education today and look at the future of European cooperation in higher education. The research volumes offer unique insights regarding the state of affairs of European higher education and research, as well as forward-looking policy proposals. More than 50 articles focus on essential themes in higher education: Internationalization of higher education; Financing and governance; Excellence and the diversification of missions; Teaching, learning and student engagement; Equity and the social dimension of higher education; Education, research and innovation; Quality assurance, The impacts of the Bologna Process on the EHEA and beyond and Evidence-based policies in higher education. "The Bologna process was launched at a time of great optimism about the future of the European project – to which, of course, the reform of higher education across the continent has made a major contribution. Today, for the present, that optimism has faded as economic troubles have accumulated in the Euro-zone, political tensions have been increased on issues such as immigration and armed conflict has broken out in Ukraine. There is clearly a risk that, against this troubled background, the Bologna process itself may falter. There are already signs that it has been downgraded in some countries with evidence of political withdrawal. All the more reason for the voice of higher education researchers to be heard. Since the first conference they have established themselves as powerful stakeholders in the development of the EHEA, who are helping to maintain the momentum of the Bologna process. Their pivotal role has been strengthened by the second Bucharest conference." Peter Scott, Institute of Education, London (General Rapporteur of the FOHE-BPRC first edition)


  • Bologna Process
  • Diversification of Higher Education
  • EHEA
  • Education, research and innovation
  • European Education Policies
  • European Higher Education Area
  • Evidence-based policies in Higher Education
  • Higher Education Financing and Governance
  • Internalization of Higher Education
  • Social dimensions and equity of higher education

Editors and Affiliations

  • UEFISCDI & SNSPA, Bucharest, Romania

    Adrian Curaj

  • Central European University of Budapest, Budapest, Hungary

    Liviu Matei

  • National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (SNSPA), Bucharest, Romania

    Remus Pricopie

  • Global Tertiary Education Expert, Rockville, USA

    Jamil Salmi

  • Institute of Education, London, UK

    Peter Scott

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: The European Higher Education Area

  • Book Subtitle: Between Critical Reflections and Future Policies

  • Editors: Adrian Curaj, Liviu Matei, Remus Pricopie, Jamil Salmi, Peter Scott

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Humanities, Social Sciences and Law, Education (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and the Author(s) 2015

  • License: CC BY-NC

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-18767-9Published: 22 October 2015

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-319-37367-6Published: 23 August 2016

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-20877-0Published: 12 October 2015

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XLIV, 898

  • Number of Illustrations: 76 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Higher Education, Educational Policy and Politics, International and Comparative Education

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 59.99
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Hardcover Book USD 59.99
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