Eliciting the institutional myth: exploring the ethos of ‘The University’ in Germany and England by Richard Budd

A significant proportion of the literature on higher education for some time has focused on the way that global trends in university policy play out regionally, nationally, or locally. Particular attention has been paid to the increasing presence of inter-university (and inter-country) competition and private funding for universities, and the impact this has on the…

EU-China cooperation in doctoral education by Chang Zhu, Yuzhuo Cai, Wen-Qin Shen & Karen François

Doctoral education is deemed as the primary source of research productivity and innovation in the global knowledge economy. There has been an increasing attention to the development and transformation of doctoral education worldwide. In the past years, there are growing interests and practices in EU-China collaboration in doctoral education. The increasingly intensified collaboration demands European…

Individual differences in the effects of academic motivation on higher education students’ intention to drop out by Markus Rump, Wiebke Esdar & Elke Wild

In Germany, approximately 28% of first-year bachelor students from 2008 to 2009 dropped out without completing their first bachelor’s degree (Heublein 2014). Moreover, above average rates of 31% to 39% were found in the so called MINT (mathematics, informatics, natural sciences, technology; a German acronym for the term STEM) subjects. Previous studies have revealed that…

The mismatch between student educational expectations and realities: prevalence, causes, and consequences by Natalia Maloshonok and Evgeniy Terentev

In Russia, the period of transition from high school to university is associated with a high level of stress and uncertainty because for many undergraduates it is accompanied by a change of their place of residence, as well as a physical and learning environment and social norms. University life challenges first-year students to demonstrate greater…

Individuals in Action: Bringing about Innovation in Higher Education by Sandra Hasanefendic, Julie M. Birkholz, Hugo Horta and Peter van der Sijde

Human capital as driver of innovation has long been recognized, and more than ever before, whom you have in your organization matters. Having the right people in higher education is perhaps even more important because universities are struggling to cope with massive changes in global, regional and national socioeconomic landscapes. They need to keep up…

Lithuanian students’ choice of university: a consumer value approach by Darija Bartkute

  Increasing competition within the Lithuanian educational market has driven an analysis of the complex decision processes enrollees undergo when selecting a higher education institution (HEI). A number of factors have contributed to accelerating competition among HEIs in Lithuania, including the development of the market economy in Lithuania, the effects of HE policy changes over…

How are they socialized in German academia? An empirical study on Chinese doctoral students by Rui Wu

My study is triggered by two interesting phenomena taking place in the higher education of Germany. First, despite the development of a more structured model of doctoral training, a large number of doctoral students still stay or choose to stay in the traditional master-apprentice-model. Second, although many structural programs akin to the U.S. ones are…

What are the logics of quality assurance in international joint degree programmes? by Gaoming Zheng, Yuzhuo Cai, Shaozhuang Ma

  In the global context of higher education, international joint programmes is a popular and important strategic approach to develop collaborative partnership between institutions, enhance students’ and staff mobility and contribute to joint research and knowledge production. However, as the stakeholders of an international joint programme are from different contexts with different educational practices, the…