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Center for International Higher Education


Current and Past Projects


In December 2016, CIHE was awarded a grant from the Foundation for the Promotion of the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) to undertake a study entitled “State of Play: Higher Education Management Training Schemes in the Field of Development Cooperation.” Work on this research project should be completed by July 2017. On January 25, CIHE associate director, Laura Rumbley, and project associate, Hélène Bernot Ullerö, will be in Bonn for the project’s inception workshop.

Differentiated Academic Systems for the 21st Century

This research project is commissioned by the German Körber Foundation and supported by the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK), the association of the German universities, and the Universität Hamburg. It will be coordinated by the Center for International Higher Education. The project has several goals. The most important is to provide a comparative analysis of the changing organization of postsecondary education worldwide. The essays, that will be combined into a publication and include an overall analysis of global trends by the project organizers, will provide background for two conferences to be held in Germany, one for representatives of the German higher education policy community, and the other an international conference of university presidents and rectors - the 2017 Hamburg Transnational University Leaders Council (HTULC). The publication will be first published in conjunction with these two events. Afterwards, it will also be issued as a book to be made available electronically without cost to an international audience and probably in printed version as well. Thus, the work done for this project will contribute to international perspective on a key topic of interest to university leadership, policymakers, and researchers.

Catholic Universities: Identity and Internationalization

In collaboration with the Center for Research on Educational Policy and Practice at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and the Milan-based Centre for Internationalisation of Higher Education, CIHE has received a grant from the Luksic Foundation to undertake a project focused on Catholic universities and the internationalization of higher education. The research team will participate in a conference at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in January 2016, with additional activities to follow in 2016-2017.

The State of International Higher Education Research

Following the 2014 publication of Higher Education: A Global Inventory of Research Centers, Academic Programs, and Journals and Publications, we launched a new research project focusing on the research centers that identified international or comparative research as one of their main focus areas. A questionnaire was sent to directors and contacts of these centers to try and understand what doing research on international higher education really means.
The analysis is focused on the type of research, the dissemination of research, the networks, and the workforce of these centers. We hope this research will help understand better the field we are evolving in and highlight gaps that need to be addressed - be it the research topics, networking possibilities, or the way research is dispatched to the public.

Books in progress: University World News and International Higher Education

In the spring 2016, a proposal was put together to gather in book format selected articles published in the last five years as part of University World News and International Higher Education, two leading informative publications in the field of international higher education. Bringing these publications together, the book will include an overview chapter of the recent trends, debates, and discourse globally in the field. The resulting book will likely be published in early 2017.  

Consultancy: Internationalization of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

In March 2016, the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile approved a proposal from CIHE to guide the development of an institutional framework and strategy for internationalization. This project is led by Hans de Wit and will see the delivery of the final report in April 2017.