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The 'Knowledge Hub for Higher Education' is an initiative which aims at improving and maximising the effectiveness of higher education data tools and to carrying out research and analysis activities to support policies in the field of higher education. DG EAC collaborates with the JRC on execution of selected objectives in the establishment of the Hub.

Below you can find some first relevant reports, news and data visualisations related to the area of Higher Education.

"The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet."(Aristotle)

Main reports

Mapping of European transnational collaborative partnerships in higher education

Report on the results of the survey mapping transnational collaborative partnerships of European Higher Education Institutions.

A Regional Innovation Impact Assessment Framework for universities

This report provides a framework to assess the impact of universities on their regional innovation ecosystem. The policy context for this work is provided by: a) the Renewed EU agenda for higher education which argued that universities do not attain their full potential; and b) the report by the High Level Group chaired by Pascal Lamy which called for an additional funding stream to support universities to modernise and increase their innovation impact. This report explores what the assessment framework underpinning such an innovation performance based funding instrument could look like. However, it acknowledges that the final form of such a framework would heavily depend on the regional, national or EU level instrument through which it is implemented. The report proposes a system in which universities draft a case study supported by indicators, through which they present evidence of their contribution to regional innovation. It identifies four impact categories and identifies a list of associated indicators. In this "narrative with numbers the universities can both explain how they reach this impact and contextualise their performance with reference to the development level of their region.


A comparative analysis of the publication behaviour of MSCA fellows

This report is drafted by the Joint Research Centre (JRC), the European Commission’s science and knowledge service. It aims to provide evidence-based insights into the performance of successful applicants in the Marie Sklodowska Curie Action (MSCA) fellowship scheme in order to support policymaking in the European Research Area. The scientific output expressed does not imply a policy position of the European Commission.

MSCA applicants from South and Eastern European countries underperform researchers from North Western Europe before receiving the grant. However, the median difference disappears by the time of the grant and in the period after this. Due to a higher number of outliers (top performers) among the researchers from North Western Europe, the mean impact scores do remain significantly higher.


The PREF study – Analysis of national public research funding

The JRC managed Public Research Funding (PREF) study has collected information on and analysed national public research funding. It provides an overview of its evolution and current state in European and selected non-European countries, particularly as concerns funding themes, fields and the types of allocation (competitive project based versus institutional funding). The study was conducted by a consortium led by IRCRES CNR and involving researchers from USI, AIT and NIFU as well as a number of country experts. 

Data visualisations

Survey data: Mapping of transnational collaborative partnerships

Data on the mapping of transnational collaborative partnerships based on a survey the JRC implemented for DG EAC in the context of Knowledge Hub for Higher Education. The survey took place in the spring of 2018.

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