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University Autonomy and the Globalisation of Academic Careers

Third MWP-ACO Conference
San Domenico di Fiesole, November 12, 2008

It is often argued that in order to improve research and educational performance universities should be given sufficient institutional autonomy (financial and managerial, academic and scientific, organisational and human resource autonomy) and that the academic market should be open and competitive.

These claims raise many questions. How do higher education systems differ according to their degree of autonomy and competition? Do differences in autonomy translate into differences in performance? How important are different forms of autonomy? How should public university academic contracts be determined? Which universities are successful examples of ‘university autonomy’? How should ‘autonomous public universities’ be made accountable? Which policy reforms should be implemented to make universities competitive in a globalized academic market? Why is it so difficult to implement some of these policies?

The Conference focuses on these, and related, issues with a special emphasis on the potential and limitations of university autonomy to open-up and enhance academic careers in Europe, in the context of an increasingly globalized academic market.

Papers, abstracts and presentations

Frans van Vught, A European University Policy? An Analysis of the EU's Higher Education, Research and Knowledge Transfer Policies (paper, presentation)

Christine Musselin, Academic labour markets in Europe: an analytical framework to understand their transformation (presentation)

Reinhilde Veugelers, Towards evidence-based reform of European universities (paper, presentation)

Maria Yudkevich, Budget Uncertainty and Faculty Contracts: a Dynamic Framework for Comparative Analysis (paper, presentation)

Mauro Sylos Labini and Manuel Bagues, Differential Grading Standards and University Funding: Evidence from Italy (paper, presentation)

Philippe Aghion, Why reform Europe's universities? (paper, presentation)

Mary Henklel, Globalisation and the Regulation of Academic Careers: the Case of the UK (presentation)

Emanuela Reale, Autonomy, Accountability and Academic Freedom: Toward a Good Balance (paper, presentation)


Scientific Commitee

David Dill, Department of Public Policy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

José-Ginés Mora Ruiz, Centre for the Study of Higher Education Management, Valencia University of Technology, and Institute of Education, University of London

Christine Musselin, Centre de Sociologie des Organisations, CNRS, Paris

Ramon Marimon, Max Weber Programme, European University Institute

Frans van Vught, Center for Higher Education Policy Studies, University of Twente

Reinhilde Veugelers, Catholic University of Leuven and Bureau of Economic Policy Advisors, EC

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