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Knowledge, Diversity and Performance in European Higher Education

A Changing Landscape Edited by Andrea Bonaccorsi, Professor of Engineering Management, University of Pisa, Italy
For the first time, data on individual European higher education institutions (rather than data aggregated at the country level) is used in order to examine a wide range of issues that are both theoretically challenging and relevant from policy-making and societal perspectives. The contributors integrate statistics on universities and colleges with other sources of information such as patents, start-up firms and bibliometric data, and employ rigorous empirical methods to address a range of key questions, including: what is the role of non-university tertiary education, such as vocational training? How important is the private sector? Are European universities internationalized? Are they efficient from the point of view of costs and educational output? Are there pure research universities in Europe? How do universities contribute to economic growth?
Extent: 320 pp
Hardback Price: $130.00 Web: $117.00
Publication Date: 2014
ISBN: 978 1 78254 071 7
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  • Business and Management
  • Management and Universities
  • Economics and Finance
  • Economics of Education
  • Economics of Innovation
  • Education
  • Economics of Education
  • Management and Universities
  • Innovation and Technology
  • Economics of Innovation
This highly original book analyses the results of a pioneering set of microdata on higher education institutions in 27 European countries in order to address key issues in higher education and research.

For the first time, data on individual European higher education institutions (rather than data aggregated at the country level) is used in order to examine a wide range of issues that are both theoretically challenging and relevant from policy-making and societal perspectives. The contributors integrate statistics on universities and colleges with other sources of information such as patents, start-up firms and bibliometric data, and employ rigorous empirical methods to address a range of key questions, including: what is the role of non-university tertiary education such as vocational training? How important is the private sector? Are European universities internationalized? Are they efficient from the point of view of costs and educational output? Are there pure research universities in Europe? How do universities contribute to economic growth?

By furthering the current debate on the future and competiveness of the European university model compared to that of the US and Asia, this book will prove an invaluable reference tool for academics and researchers in the fields of sociology of higher education and economics, particularly the economics of innovation, science and education. University decision-makers and administrators as well as policy-makers at local and European levels will also find this book to be a useful and enlightening read.
Contributors: R. Biscaia, A. Bonaccorsi, T. Brandt, M.F. Cardoso, M. Colombo, Z. Daghbashyan, C. Daraio, D. De Filippo, E. Deiaco, M. Guerini, M. Horváth, B. Lepori, M. McKelvey, A. Niederl, V. Rocha, C. Rossi Lamastra, U. Schmoch, T. Schubert, M. Seeber, L. Simar, S. Slipersaeter, P. Teixeira, A. Varga
Contents:

Foreword
PART I MAPPING DIVERSITY IN THE EUROPEAN HIGHER EDUCATION LANDSCAPE
1. Mapping the European Higher Education Landscape. New Insights from the EUMIDA Project
Andreas Niederl, Andrea Bonaccorsi, Benedetto Lepori, Tasso Brandt, Daniela De Filippo, Ulrich Schmoch, Torben Schubert and Stig Slipersaeter

2. Is There a European University Model? New Evidence on National Path Dependence and Structural Convergence
Torben Schubert, Andrea Bonaccorsi, Tasso Brandt, Daniela De Filippo, Benedetto Lepori, Andreas Niederl, Ulrich Schmoch and Stig Slipersaeter

3. Public and Private Higher Education in Europe. Competition vs. Complementarity or Worlds Apart?
Pedro Teixeira, Vera Rocha, Ricardo Biscaia and Margarida F. Cardoso

PART II THE MISSIONS OF UNIVERSITIES: RESEARCH, EDUCATION AND THE THIRD MISSION
4. The Research Output of Universities. Conceptual and Methodological Problems
Ulrich Schmoch

5. The Internationalization of European Higher Education Institutions
Marco Seeber and Benedetto Lepori

6. Institutional and Regional Factors Behind University Patenting in Europe: An Exploratory Spatial Analysis Using EUMIDA Data
Attila Varga and Márton Horváth

7. How Universities Contribute to the Creation of Knowledge Intensive Firms: Detailed Evidence on the Italian Case
Andrea Bonaccorsi, Massimo G. Colombo, Massimiliano Guerini and Cristina Rossi Lamastra

PART III EFFICIENCY AND PRODUCTIVITY OF HIGHER EDUCATION
8. Is the University Model an Organizational Necessity? Scale and Agglomeration Effects in Science
Tasso Brandt and Torben Schubert

9. How and Why Does Cost Efficiency of Universities Differ Across European Countries? An Explorative Attempt Using New Micro Data
Zara Daghbashyan, Enrico Deiaco and Maureen McKelvey

10. Scale and Research Specialization in European Universities. A Directional Distance Approach to Teaching Efficiency
Andrea Bonaccorsi, Cinzia Daraio and Léopold Simar

Index