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Workshop/PhD Course 2, December 2020

The Roles of Universities in European Integration
– a workshop/PhD course to develop an emerging research agenda


Date and place:                          

The event was held online on Zoom between 14 and 16 December 2020.


Themes of the Workshop/PhD Course:

The focus of this workshop /PhD course was ‘The Roles of Universities in European Integration’. One aim was to question the logic of standardisation that has characterised European integration, with its reliance on metrics, and explore emerging alternatives. We also discussed the Bologna Process' strategy of 'differential integration' and question assumptions about the future scenarios sketched for higher education in order to generate ideas for alternative ways to engage with differences.


A second aim of the project’s combined workshop/PhD course was to involve students and senior colleagues in discussion of current research on the critical roles of universities in shaping the future of Europe and to identify directions for future research.

For detailed information on the content of the seminar, see the report:


Workshop pragramme



Report from the Workshop/PhD Course 2




The project:
The workshop/PhD course is part of a project, led by the Centre for Higher Education, Aarhus University (CHEF) and involving a network of 18 centres of research on higher education across Europe, which PhD students from anywhere are welcome to join.

The project's aims are to generate a new agenda for research on universities in Europe; to create an inter-generational learning community in which PhDs and early stage researchers are integrated into all the project's agenda-setting activities; and generate a dialogue between researchers, policy makers and other stakeholders about university futures. In the workshop/PhD course, keynotes and workshop sessions will draw together existing knowledge and discuss each student’s research project.


Importantly, the aim is also to generate new collaborative networks between early stage and senior researchers to develop new avenues for research on topics they define concerning the roles that universities can play in the critical issues facing Europe’s future. These working groups will be invited to bring their results together in the project's final conference at DPU (the Danish School of Education) in summer 2021.

Read more about the project here.