Sustaining the Future of Higher Education

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The world is changing at an extremely rapid pace, and with this our society, environment, economy and labour market. These multitudinous changes require innovation at different levels, not least from Higher Education which is confronted with increased demands to make its contribution and benefit to society more tangible, visible and sustainable. This book addresses such demands. It represents a rich selection of international contributions from academics, researchers, policymakers and practitioners, and a rich diversity of topics under the umbrella of sustainability. The book discusses how higher education needs to renew itself to maintain its core values while responding in a sustainable way to multiple crises, local demands and global needs, threats and opportunities.

Contributors are: Iyad Abualrub, Avril Margaret Brandon, Bruno Broucker, Lejo Buning, Cynthia Cogswell, Vanessa Cui, Kurt De Wit, Frans de Vijlder, Mervi Friman, Martina Gaisch, Anne Gannon, Caroline Hetherington, Ester Höhle, René Krempkow, Anne Laakso, Lotta Linko, Aleksandra Lis, Göran Melin, Clare Milsom, Matt O’Leary, Jason Pina, Rómulo Pinheiro, Ilana Pressick, Rosalind Pritchard, Victoria Rammer, Bairbre Redmond, Stephanie Reynolds, Lee Roberts, Radosław Rybkowski, Peter Schuur, Wafa Singh, Odd Rune Stalheim, Nathalie Turville and Nick White.

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  • Introduction Sustainability of Higher Education in Uncertain Times
  • Chapter 1 Sustaining the European Higher Education Area
  • Chapter 2 Striving for Research Excellence by Understanding Institutional Rationalities
  • Chapter 3 When Excellence Meets Relevance
  • Chapter 4 Student Driven Innovations
  • Chapter 5 Experiences of Academic Leadership in Ireland 2008–2014
  • Chapter 6 Using Innovative Observation to Improve Teaching and Learning
  • Chapter 7 Using Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) for Building Youth Consciousness on Democracy in Everyday Life (DIEL) in India
  • Chapter 8 Linkages between Academic Culture and Management in Polish Higher Education
  • Chapter 9 Exploring the Impact of Student Mobility and Extracurricular Engagement on Academic Performance and Graduate Outcomes
  • Chapter 10 Can the New COVID-19 Normal Help to Achieve Sustainable Development Goal 4?
  • Chapter 11 The Roles of Higher Education Managers in Germany
  • Chapter 12 The Incomplete PDCA Cycle in the Research, Development and Innovation Activities at a Finnish UAS
  • Chapter 13 Organisational Change in Student Affairs
Bruno Broucker, PhD, is guest professor at the KU Leuven and higher education policy advisor at the Institute of Tropical Medicine. He is member of the executive committee of EAIR and Series Editor of the book Series "Higher Education. Linking Research, Policy and Practice."

Rosalind Pritchard is Emeritus Professor of Education at Ulster University, United Kingdom. She is Secretary of EAIR, a member of the Royal Irish Academy and an honorary member of the British Association for Comparative and International Education. Her work focuses on neo-liberalism in higher education, gender, mergers and linkages.

Göran Melin, PhD, is director at Technopolis Group in Sweden. He has conducted numerous studies or evaluations targeting issues such as organisation of higher education institutions, alliances and mergers between higher education institutions, funding mechanisms, academic careers and cooperation with the surrounding society.

Clare Milsom is academic registrar at the Liverpool John Moore University. She is a National Teaching Fellow and is involved in the QAA review of the Higher Education credit framework for England. Clare has worked in higher education for over twenty years and is known for her work on the evaluation of survey qualitative data.
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Introduction: Sustainability of Higher Education in Uncertain Times
Bruno Broucker, Rosalind Pritchard, Göran Melin and Clare Milsom

1 Sustaining the European Higher Education Area: Unravelling the Internal and External Views on Unifying an International Region
Bruno Broucker and Kurt De Wit
2 Striving for Research Excellence by Understanding Institutional Rationalities within the Bachelor Programme in Automotive Engineering at HAN University of Applied Sciences
Leo Buning, Peter Schuur and Frans de Vijlder
3 When Excellence Meets Relevance: Challenges and Tensions Facing Higher Education Institutions
Rómulo Pinheiro and Iyad Abualrub
4 Student Driven Innovations: A Promised Road to Paideia?
Odd Rune Stalheim
5 Experiences of Academic Leadership in Ireland 2008–2014
Anne Gannon
6 Using Innovative Observation to Improve Teaching and Learning: A Collaboration between Students and Academic Staff in Higher Education
Matt O’Leary, Vanessa Cui, Ilana Pressick, Stephanie Reynolds, Lee Roberts, Nathalie Turville and Nick White
7 Using Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) for Building Youth Consciousness on Democracy in Everyday Life (DIEL) in India
Wafa Singh
8 Linkages between Academic Culture and Management in Polish Higher Education
Aleksandra Lis and Radosław Rybkowski
9 Exploring the Impact of Student Mobility and Extracurricular Engagement on Academic Performance and Graduate Outcomes
Avril Margaret Brandon, Caroline Hetherington and Bairbre Redmond
10 Can the New COVID-19 Normal Help to Achieve Sustainable Development Goal 4?
Martina Gaisch and Victoria Rammer
11 The Roles of Higher Education Managers in Germany: First Results of an Online Survey
René Krempkow and Ester Höhle
12 The Incomplete PDCA Cycle in the Research, Development and Innovation Activities at a Finnish UAS
Lotta Linko, Mervi Friman and Anne Laakso
13 Organisational Change in Student Affairs: A Closer Look
Cynthia Cogswell and Jason Pina
This volume belongs to the book series ‘Higher Education. Linking Research, Policy and Practice.’ It is of interest to scholars, professionals, practitioners and policymakers in higher education.