University Dynamics and European Integration
ThesubjectofthisbookistheinstitutionaldynamicsoftheEuropeanUniversity. We are interested in how this institution is affected by ongoing processes of European integration. What attempts are undertaken at the European level to build up insti- tional capacity in the areas of higher education and research policy? How do these emergingEuropeancapacitiesrelatetothetraditionalnationalpolicymakingresp- sibilities and arrangements in these areas? How is the organization and functioning of the European University influenced by the adding of a new governance layer with respect to higher education and research? How do the developments with respect to European higher education and research policy compare to the situation in other, federal systems, such as the USA? This book explores the visions underlying the attempts to reform the European University as well as two European integration p- cessesaffectingUniversitydynamics. Aboveall,thebookpresentsaframeofanalysis and a long-term research agenda addressing the above questions. At the beginning of the twenty first century there is a clear political “momentum” for the University in Europe. The Lisbon summit of 2000 has (re-)confirmed the role oftheUniversityasacentralinstitutioninthe“EuropeofKnowledge. ”Consequently, we can observe that since 2000 the Commission has become highly interested in the UniversityasanobjectofEuropeanlevelpolicy-making. Thisisclearlyinspiredbythe interpretation of the University’s central role in connecting education, research, and innovation,andtheassumptionthattheeffectivenessofthisconnectionisconsidered to be of major importance for the competitiveness of Europe’s economies, and the level of social cohesion of its societies.
Represents a unique cooperation initiative of internationally leading general social scientists with higher education specialistsPresents an important framework of analysis in an area that is usually ‘theory-poor’ A detailed research agenda for the coming 5 to 10 years is presentedConvincingly argues why the knowledge basis under the current University reforms in Europe should be considerably strengthened