(Un)bundling forces of HE and possible answers: new experimental models

The 2nd Danube Conference for Higher Education Management took place on 22-23th November 2018, in Budapest. It was organised for leaders, policy makers and researchers of higher education from the Danube countries. Zsuzsanna Géring, director of Future of Higher Education Research Centre, and Gábor Király, scientific director of FHERC were representing Budapest Business School at the conference. They gave a presentation about what unbundling (breaking down units to its component parts) means for higher educational institutions and what possible strategies they could follow in the…

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The idea of the academic dojo

Last year (in May 2017) we gave a presentation with aikido master Szabolcs Gollob (5. dan AIKIKAI, EBR Advanced Instructor) about the similarities between recent learning theories of the West and ancient principles of learning in the East. This presentation was the outcome of long conversations about the nature of learning and the differences between the classroom and the dojo. Let’s start with the most obvious differences in the naming of the two locations. The name of the classroom simply means that it is a…

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Changes in teaching and learning

As our research on student cheating demonstrated there is a lot of frustration in relation to higher education. Many students are frustrated because they see little point in learning apart from getting credits by sitting exams. Many lecturers are frustrated because students do not seem to appreciate their efforts because they are uninterested in what lecturers try to teach. Instead of trying to find someone to blame, we can say that the very context of teaching and learning has changed in the last decade(s). Knowledge…

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Balancing between attractions and repulsions: reflections on a workshop about research and teaching nexus

On 20 June 2018 a workshop was organised by FHERC and our partner, the Center for International Higher Education Studies. The aim of the workshop was to better understand the relationship between teaching and research. Conceptual and theoretical problems were raised and several practical issues were also touched upon in the presentations. The academic literature of research and teaching nexus considers the two categories not as exclusive ones but rather as activities that are mutually support each other. A shared experience derived from the presentations…

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Discursive arena about the role of higher education: what can we learn from mission statements?

In connection with higher education (HE), a large part of the academic discourse is concerned about changes and challenges in relation to globalization, third mission, and technological innovation or even to teaching methods. All of these inquiries lead to a core question, namely, what is the (changing) role of HE institutions in society. One way of mapping the discourse about the role of HE is to analyse what higher education institutions say about it. For this purpose, the HEIs’ texts on their missions seem to…

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