VI Symposio CIDUI 2011

Universities, States & Markets in a Changing Europe:
Towards a Creative Governance of Higher Education
Barcelona, 4th April 2011


Barbara M. Kehm

is a professor and head of the Centre for Research on Higher Education and Work (INCHER) at the University of Kassel, where she will take over a chair in higher education research. One of her tasks has been the creation of a master and subsequent doctoral program in higher education studies, to be taught in English.

She had worked as an assistant lecturer (wissenschaftliche Assistentin) at the University of Kassel from 1990 till 1996. From 1996 onwards she was active as a senior researcher at the Institute for Higher Education Research of the Universi-ty of Halle-Wittenberg, and from 2001 she coordinated research projects at the same institution. At the present she is managing director of the INCHER. She is also a member of the EAIR executive committee and of the editorial boards of four international higher education journals. She has carried out several large-scale projects for international organizations such as UNESCO, OECD, and the Council of Europe. Among her publications in English, she has edited the vol-umes: Reforming University Governance. Changing Conditions for Research in Four European Countries (with U. Lanzendorf) (2006), and Looking Back to Look Forward. Analyses of Higher Education Research After the Turn of the Millennium (2007).

Francisco O. Ramírez

is a professor of education and (by courtesy) of Sociology at Stanford University. At the present he is associate-dean for Faculty Affairs of the School of Educa-tion of his university. His current research interests focus on the worldwide rise of a human rights regime and its educational implications and the global ration-alization of higher education and its organizational manifestations.. He conducts cross-national studies on the role of education in the formation of world society, and the influence of world society on educational developments. These studies include topics such as patterns of women’s access to higher education; the role of education and science in economic development; and the interrelationships among education, citizenship and human rights. His work has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, and the Bechtel Initiative on Global Growth and Change. He is a recipient of the Spencer Foundation Mentor Network Award. He received a BA in social science from De La Salle University, and an MA and PhD in sociology from Stanford University.

Ramirez has taught courses on “World, Societal, and Educational Change”, “Education and the Status of Women: Comparative Perspective”, “Education and Society,” and “Comparative Studies of Educational Systems”. His recent publications include: “Eyes Wide Shut: University, State and Society,” in the Eu-ropean Educational Research Journal (2002); and the books (with G. S. Drori, J. W. Meyer & E. Schofer. Science in the Modern World Polity. Institutionalization and Globalization, Stanford: 2003, translated in Barcelona-México in 2006 as La ciencia en la política mundial moderna. Institucionalización y globalización), and La educación en la sociedad mundial (with J. W. Meyer) (Barcelona: Octaedro, 2010).

Robert Cowen

Robert Cowen is Emeritus Professor of Education in the University Of London Institute Of Education, a Senior Research Fellow of the University of Oxford, and the immediate Past President of the Comparative Education Society in Eu-rope. He is Reviews Editor and a member of the Editorial Board of Comparative Education. He has acted as a consultant for the World Bank, IBE, and UNESCO.

Formerly, he was a Reader in Comparative Education in the University of Lon-don Institute of Education and at various times was fortunate enough to work as a Professor or Visiting Professor in the University of Brasilia, the Catholic Uni-versity of Leuven in Belgium, the University of La Trobe in Melbourne, and SUNY, Buffalo, as well as working for several years as a school teacher in the East End of London and then as Lecturer in Sociology in Furzedown College of Education in London before he left England to work in the USA and Australia.

He was also privileged to edit the World Yearbook of Education, 1996: Evaluation of Higher Education Systems in Comparative Perspective (London: Kogan Page). This interest in higher educational systems and universities has contin-ued in more recent publications – such as ‘Comparing and transferring: visions, politics and universities’, in Higher Education and National Development: uni-versities and societies in transition, David Bridges, Palmira Juceviciene, Rob-ertas Jucevicius, Terence McLaughlin and Jolanta Stankeviciute (eds.) ( 2007). His contemporary interests (within higher education) include the emergence of ‘the managed university’, especially in its English form.

His most recent publications are the International Handbook of Comparative Ed-ucation, edited with Andreas Kazamias and printed by Springer (2009) and a Special Issue of the journal Comparative Education: “Mobilities and educational metamorphoses: patterns, puzzles, and possibilities” which he edited with Dr Eleftherios Klerides in August 2009.

Frazal Rizvi

Fazal Rizvi is professor in Global Studies in Education at the Melbourne Gradu-ate School of Education. After ten years as a Professor in the Department of Ed-ucational Policy Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he directed its Global Studies in Education program, Fazal Rizvi returned in July 2010 to Australia to take up an appointment as a Professor at the Univer-sity of Melbourne. He had previously held senior academic and administrative appointments at a number of universities in Australia, including as Pro Vice Chancellor (International) at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and as the founding Director of the Monash Centre for Research in International Education. From 1993 to 2000, Fazal edited the journal, Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, and in 1996 was the President of the Australi-an Association for Research in Education. He has also served on a number of government bodies, including the Australia Council for the Arts and the Austral-ia Foundation for Culture and the Humanities, and as an international panel member on the UK’s Research Assessment Exercise (RAE2008).

While Fazal’s disciplinary background is in Philosophy, much of his teaching and research has addressed issues in education policy. More recently, his re-search has focused on issues of identity and culture in transnational contexts; global mobility of students; and theories of globalization and the internationali-zation of education. His current projects include an examination of the ways in which Indian universities are negotiating pressures of globalization and the knowledge economy, as well as a more theoretical exploration of the cosmopoli-tan possibilities of education. He has written or edited over sixteen books, and over 100 journal articles and papers in edited volumes. His recent books include: Youth Moves: Identities and Education in a Global Era (2007); Globalization and the Study of Education (2009); and Globalizing Educational Policy (2010). Fazal has not only held senior administrative positions in universities but has also written extensively on higher education policy, and has, for the past four years, convened the annual World Universities Forum.

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