Nordic Fields of Higher Education

This researcher network will enforce, support and further develop ongoing research on recruitment patterns to higher education and student mobility drawing on large scale data registers and surveys.

Each nation’s ability to compete in an increasingly globalised and competitive world economy depends upon the performance and the quality of its higher education system. In many countries 50 percent of the young population enters tertiary education.

In an international perspective the higher education systems in the Nordic countries hold a unique position, with widespread student grants and lack of tuition fees. Furthermore, efforts are made to make the systems work more efficient and increase their competitiveness.

The Bologna process highlights national and international mobility of students and scholars as means for improving the quality of higher education in Europe. Thus the expansion of the national higher educational systems and the increased internationalisation have made the systems far more complex and less transparent. All this points to an increasing need for research on the higher educational systems.

It is important to support and facilitate research on higher education systems within the Nordic welfare states.  Internationally, this will strengthen the impact of Nordic research in this area, allowing for the particulars of Nordic higher education systems to be given a more prominent position. A strong Nordic network will also be able to more closely connect the larger research environments to each other and to function as a much needed setting for researchers that at present do not form part of a larger research environment.

The research network has the objectives to:

  • improve the infrastructure for research by means of conferences, workshops and visits
  • strengthen the PhD education through relevant courses and workshops
  • increase the visibility of the research area by conferences, webpages and joint publications
  • prepare for further expansion of the research area through joint applications of comparative research
Facts about the project

Project number: 42362

Project leader

Mikael Börjesson, Uppsala University, Sweden