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The Uberisation of Scientific Work

Sara Diogo, Bruno Vilhena and Teresa Carvalho Scientific work has been gaining increased attention and importance in the public policy arena, conveyed by the fact that scientific knowledge is essential to promote economic and social development (Carvalho 2021). Much of this attention stems from the changes that the academic careers and more specifically working conditions The Uberisation of Scientific Work

Artificial Intelligence for economic competitiveness and Grand Challenges?

Inga Ulnicane What is the purpose for developing and using Artificial Intelligence (AI)? Is it to boost economic growth and competitiveness? Or should it contribute to tackling Grand societal challenges and achieving Sustainable Development Goals in areas such as health, environment and energy? Can AI contribute to the both? I examine these questions in my Artificial Intelligence for economic competitiveness and Grand Challenges?

Knowledge Power Europe

Mitchell Young While, as the name of this blog reflects, knowledge has become a central concern in European policymaking internally, it has not made the same inroads into the EU’s external policy discourses. This neglect of knowledge in the field of international relations is not limited to the EU, but given the European policy context, Knowledge Power Europe

Artificial Intelligence and Europe: New tech & old vibes

Inga Ulnicane  ‘… Europe is a unique aspiration. […] It is an aspiration of a world full of new technologies and age-old values’, Ursula von der Leyen, then incoming President of the European Commission, wrote in her political guidelines in 2019. Since then questions of new technologies and European values have been at the forefront Artificial Intelligence and Europe: New tech & old vibes

The European Universities initiative: a game-changer for higher education in Europe?

By Marina Cino Pagliarello The implementation of a common Higher Education policy has been a long-standing objective of the European Union (Corbett, 2005). The launch of the Bologna Process in 1999 with its aim of creating a European Higher Education Area (EHEA) and the establishment of the European Research Area (ERA) have been important drivers The European Universities initiative: a game-changer for higher education in Europe?

How programme directors frame higher education quality in interdependence

By Kasja Weenink The study ‘We’re stubborn enough to create our own world’ (Weenink, Aarts, & Jacobs, 2021) addresses how directors of educational programs understand and enact higher education quality in interdependence with its environment. It reveals that the directors’ room to play out their quality views depends on their position within the academic hierarchy How programme directors frame higher education quality in interdependence

(In)voluntary mergers in higher education: a story from Norway

By Martina Vukasovic In 2015 the Norwegian government launched a large-scale re-organisation in higher education. The policy solution proposed, like in many other cases, involved mergers of higher education institutions. There were several formal policy goals, such as robust academic environments, good access to education and expertise, contribution to regional development and effective use of (In)voluntary mergers in higher education: a story from Norway