3rd Central European Higher Education Cooperation (CEHEC) Conference

Monday, April 24, 2017 - 9:00am
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Monday, April 24, 2017 - 9:00am to Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 6:00pm

3rd Central European Higher Education Cooperation (CEHEC) Conference

Application deadline 28 February 2017

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Worry or Not - Higher Education in Central and Eastern Europe: Current Trends and Scenarios for the Near Future

April 24-25, 2017 - Budapest, Hungary

In 2014, CEHEC launched a new series of annual conferences co-hosted by the Center of International Higher Education Studies (CIHES) at the Corvinus University of Budapest and the Yehuda Elkana Center for Higher Education at Central European University (CEU), in collaboration with partners from the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia. Each conference in this series brings together researchers, policy makers, university leaders and other experts in higher education from Central and Eastern European (CEE) region and from other parts of the world. The main aim is to stimulate scholarly and professional dialogue on current trends and key issues in the region’s higher education, as well as promote enhanced collaboration and experience sharing in higher education and science policies.

Conference Theme

In an atmosphere of declining enthusiasm and support for higher education, the 2017 Central European Higher Education Cooperation (CEHEC) conference proposes to scrutinize the chief reforms in higher education in the region over the past decade, identify the most important current trends and discuss possible future scenarios for the near future. Presentations should focus on the analysis and evaluation of institutional, national or regional policies, look into experiences and lessons learned from reform processes, or discuss current and forecast future trends. Papers should be submitted in one of the four main areas: 

1)    Management

2)    Funding and governance

3)    Teaching and learning

4)    Research and development

The call invites papers dedicated to the higher education sector in the CEE region, but relevant contributions from other regions are also welcome, including comparative studies.  We expect conceptual, as well as empirical papers. 

Confirmed speakers  

Andrée Sursock, Senior Adviser, European University Association (EUA):

European Trends in Teaching and Learning

Harry F. de Boer, Senior Research Associate, Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS), University of Twente:

Towards a Contractual State Model in Higher Education. Changes in the Relationship between the State and the HEIs

Manja Klemenčič, Lecturer in Sociology (of Higher Education), Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University:

Reaching for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in Central European Higher Education

Ligia Deca, State Adviser on Education and Research, Romanian Presidential Administration:

Long Term Strategies for Higher Education in Central and Eastern Europe: a New National Trend or an Elusive Goal?

Attila Pausists, Head, Centre for Educational Management and Higher Education Development, Danube University Krems:

Stratification and Diversification of Higher Education: From the Social Contract to the Mission of Universities

Jeroen Huisman, Professor, Centre for Higher Education Governance Ghent, Ghent University:

Structural Reforms in Higher Education: Recent Experiences and the way Forward

Important deadlines

1st  December 2016         

Conference registration & Abstract submission starts

28th  February 2017

Submission of extended abstracts ends

10th  March 2017

Results of extended abstract reviews announced

15th  March 2017

Early bird registration ends

15th April 2017

Registration deadline

Submission and publication

The paper submission process is organized in two steps:

  1. Extended abstract submission (four pages, 12 000 character with spaces). Deadline 28 February 2017).
  2. Full Paper submission (deadline after the conference, 1 June 2017) for:
    1. CEHEC 2017 Conference Proceedings or
    2. special issues of journals supporting CEHEC 2017


Abstract and full paper guidelines can be found at the conference website (see below).

Selected papers will be published in a conference proceeding with an ISBN number. 

Registration and conference fees

Interested individuals may participate in all the events of the conference without submitting a paper for presentation. Online registration is possible on the conference website after 1 December 2016.

Registration fees are as follows:

100 EUR                     Early birds (before 15 March 2017)

150 EUR                     Regular registration

60 EUR                       Students’ fee (registration before 15 March 2017)

 Fees include conference materials, dinner, buffet lunch and coffees, and should be paid through bank transfer (details will be available on the conference website once registration opens). 

The website of the 1st CEHEC conference can be found here.

The website of the 2nd CEHEC conference can be found here.



E-mail:                         bce.nfkk@gmail.com

Conference website:    http://cihes.uni-corvinus.hu/