The paper addresses the issue of characterization and classification of universities in the European system, by using the recently developed Aquameth dataset. Preliminary cluster analysis based on structural variables identifies systematic differences in size. However, this structural distinction is associated to differences in strategic orientation of universities (towards research or towards teaching, respectively) only in a few countries. In most European countries there are not discernible differences across universities along these dimensions. The paper argues that countries in which universities are more differentiated according to the research or teaching dimensions have implemented differentiation policies through a variety of policy instruments. In turn, these countries also are ranked high in international rankings of universities. This suggests a structural linkage between the poor performance of European universities in research-based rankings and the lack of differentiation.

Exploiting the potential of micro-based indicators on European universities

DARAIO, CINZIA
2008

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The paper addresses the issue of characterization and classification of universities in the European system, by using the recently developed Aquameth dataset. Preliminary cluster analysis based on structural variables identifies systematic differences in size. However, this structural distinction is associated to differences in strategic orientation of universities (towards research or towards teaching, respectively) only in a few countries. In most European countries there are not discernible differences across universities along these dimensions. The paper argues that countries in which universities are more differentiated according to the research or teaching dimensions have implemented differentiation policies through a variety of policy instruments. In turn, these countries also are ranked high in international rankings of universities. This suggests a structural linkage between the poor performance of European universities in research-based rankings and the lack of differentiation.
10th International Conference on Science & Technology Indicators, Vienna.
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Bonaccorsi A.; Daraio C.
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