Higher Education

Nicoline Frølich leads this research area. The area includes a wide range of topics relevant for higher education in Norway and abroad. Key research themes are focused on universities and university colleges, their core activities, organisation and leadership, as well as students and staff in higher education.

Higher education institutions have a central and multifaceted role in modern knowledge societies. They provide graduates for the labour market, but also have an important function as social and cultural institutions in the society, while at the same time also providing new knowledge that can contribute to innovation and economic growth. These developments increasingly take place in a context increased globalisation and internationalisation. NIFUs research in this area is placed in a wider context of knowledge policies for education and research. Our aim is to provide knowledge for and about a higher education sector that has increased focus on quality and relevance.

Projects at NIFU have focus on multiple topics, including governance, policy and reform initiatives, student recruitment and dropout, study programme selection, graduate employability, as well as themes related to academic work, staff recruitment and working conditions.

  • publications
  • projects
Sep 22 2017

Research collaboration in groups and networks: differences across academic fields

Academic article

Journal article in Scientometrics, published online September 4, 2017. Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to give a macro-picture of collaboration in research groups and networks across all academic fields in Norwegian research universities, and to examine the relative importance of ...

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Aug 29 2017

Professional higher education institutions as organizational actors

Academic article

Journal article in Tertiary Education and Management, published online September 7, 2017. Abstract: Organizational actorhood is a term that has gained prominence in literature about higher education as a way to describe some of the key global change processes with emphasis on ...

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Aug 16 2017

Massive, open, online, and national? A study of how national governments and institutions shape the development of MOOCs

Academic article

Journal article in The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning (IRRODL), vol. 18(5), 2017. Abstract: We explore interpretations of MOOCs around the globe and, in particular, interpretations of MOOCs in Norway. Based on a review of previous studies relevant to ...

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May 11 2017

National test results: representation and misrepresentation. Challenges for municipal and local school administration in Norway

Academic article

Journal article in Nordic Journal of Studies in Educational Policy, published online April 24, 2017. Abstract: This paper addresses the publication of results from national tests in primary and lower secondary schools by Norwegian national authorities. Test results must be made ...

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Mar 13 2017

Expectations and satisfaction levels of Polish and Norwegian PhD graduates regarding the utility of their doctoral programmes in the labour market

Arbeidsnotat

NIFU Working Paper 2016:20.   The working paper is based on data gathered in the frame of the three-year Polish-Norwegian research project "Gender Equality at the University" (2013-2016). The project was funded by the Polish-Norwegian Research Programme and the National Centre for Research and ...

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Feb 23 2017

Steering approaches in higher education: Comparing Norway, Sweden, Finland, the Netherlands and UK (England

Report

NIFU Report 2016:35.  This report was commissioned by the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science and examines steering approaches in five European countries in light of recent trends in higher education governance and ...

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Feb 3 2017

Standardization of (higher) education in Europe – policy coordination 2.0?

Academic article

Journal article in Policy and Society, published online February 3, 2017. Abstract The European educational landscape is changing. Education remains formally under the sphere of the nation states and has traditionally been resistant towards EU involvement. Several recent initiatives from ...

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Dec 20 2016

The establishment of formal research groups in higher education institutions

Academic article

Journal article in Nordic Journal of Studies in Educational Policy, no. 2, 2016. Abstract. This article explores the significance for academic staff members of research groups established and formalised as part of research strategies at university faculties. It also explores the levels of participation ...

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Dec 1 2016

Higher Education Learning Outcomes: Transforming Higher Education?

Project

The project explores and analyses the interpretation and impact of learning outcomes in higher education. It will develop a series of case studies across a range of disciplines and institutions, in an approach based on political science, public administration theories, sociology of education and pedagogy. ...

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Dec 5 2016

Transformation of European Universities (TRUE). Individual project (IP) on strategies an landscapes

Project

Improved institutional autonomy in higher education together with new funding and governance policies potentially alters the higher education landscape as universities increasingly seek to act strategically. However, how do the strategies the universities adapt affected the higher education landscape, its ...

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