Current projects

Towards a European Framework for Community Engagement of Higher Education

An international project has been launched to address a new priority on the EU’s policy agenda for higher education: community engagement of universities. The project (entitled ‘TEFCE - Towards a European Framework for Community Engagement of Higher Education’) will develop tools to help universities to better interact with their communities at the local and regional level in order to address pressing social needs. The project is led by the Institute for the Development of Education (Croatia) and Technische Universität Dresden (Germany) and will gather leading researchers, universities, local authorities and university networks from seven EU Member States.

The project will first take stock of existing research and initiatives that have attempted to measure the community engagement of universities. The project will then develop a “toolbox” that could assist universities and policymakers at the EU level in fostering greater community engagement and that could provide a meaningful measurement of an institution’s level of community engagement.

The project’s expert team will include researchers from the University of Twente (Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies), Ghent University (Centre for Higher Education Governance Ghent), Dublin Institute of Technology, University of Rijeka (Faculty of Philosophy) and the Institute for the Development of Education. Universities and local authorities from the cities of Dresden (Germany), Dublin (Ireland), Enschede (Netherlands) and Rijeka (Croatia) will be piloting the developed toolbox, and additional expertise will be provided by the European Consortium of Innovative Universities, the Global University Network for Innovation (represented by the Catalan Association of Public Universities) and the Public Policy and Management Institute from Lithuania.

Project duration: January 2018 - December 2020

Steering Higher Education for Community Engagement

The project Steering Higher Education for Community Engagement (SHEFCE) has been launched in October 2020 to help European universities and policymakers improve community engagement in higher education. Universities’ community engagement is understood as the university’s partnerships with external stakeholders to address societal challenges.

The project is led by the Institute for the Development of Education (Croatia) and gathers 23 partners/associate partners from six EU Member States. SHEFCE is a follow-up to the project TEFCE – Towards a European Framework for Community Engagement in Higher Education that has developed a toolbox to support universities and policymakers in supporting community engagement. The SHEFCE project will have four main outputs: 1) university action-plans for community engagement at five partner universities (in Belgium, Ireland, Croatia, Spain and Austria); 2) policy recommendations for system-level support for community engagement in higher education in five countries and at the EU level; 3) a European online platform for community engagement in higher education with resources and tools to support universities and communities; and 4) piloting a European university-community engagement ‘heatmap’ to help universities learn from good practices at universities in their country as well as in other countries.

CHEGG’s role in the project is to act as experts in the field of higher education policy and community engagement. The SHEFCE project is co-funded by the European Commission’s Erasmus+ programme.

Project duration: October 2020 - August 2023

Knowledge Ecosystems

This project, led by IDEA Consult, will contribute to investigate the organisation and spread of ecosystems at the EU, national, regional and local levels, the role of specific actors active at the core of ecosystems (in particular universities and research organisations), the circulation of knowledge by individual research & innovation talents, and the potential legal and financial measures to support research careers and cooperation. An extensive evidence base on knowledge ecosystems in Europe will be created, including  all levels: the ecosystem, the ecosystem actors and the individual talents. This evidence base is needed to assess how knowledge ecosystems across the ERA are organised, how they could be strengthened, both at the individual talent and organisational level, and how their attractiveness for talents and for investments can be addressed.

The study includes a comprehensive analysis of the state of play, the design of monitoring mechanisms, and the creation of a toolbox of support measures. One part of the project - in which CHEGG is involved - relates to developing a legal toolbox to further support European collaboration in higher education and research and also zooms in on the European Charter for Research and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.  

Project duration: January 2021 - December 2021

Restructuring Norwegian Higher Education

This project is carried out by NIFU, Oslo and CHEGG is one of the international partners. As a result of the structural reform that was launched in 2015, the landscape of higher education in Norway has undergone major changes. Many universities and colleges have merged, which means that the sector is in the middle of a comprehensive reorganisation process. One consequence is that Norwegian higher education now consists of several large multi-campus universities and colleges. The reorganisation should be seen in the context of broader objectives of achieving high quality in education and research, regional development, a world-leading professional environment and efficient use of resources. The aim of the research project – a research-based evaluation of the structural reform – is to investigate whether the goals of the reform are being achieved, and why or why not. 

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Project duration: September 2019 - September 2022