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Italian Centre for Research on Universities & HE Systems

In all advanced economies, the role of universities in the development of human capital as well as in knowledge production has become increasingly crucial. As a consequence, research centres specialized on higher education have been established in several countries.

In Italy, on the other hand, comparative research and systematic data collection in this field have so far been carried on by either public agencies or individual scholars working independently and in uncoordinated ways. Furthermore, the plurality of disciplinary approaches to these issues (by economists, sociologists, political scientists, business scholars) has led to underestimate the relations between the several types of change in the higher education area.

What was lacking, up to now, was a multi-disciplinary, national-scale research centre that could provide comparative data and analyses to policy-makers, as well as be a partner in international networks on higher education. The establishment of UNIRES aims at filling this gap.

The Scuola Normale Superiore and the Universities of Milan, Pavia, Florence, Turin and Carlo Cattaneo, in association with Fondazione CRUI (the Italian Rectors’ Conference), have created a new Centre to study higher education systems and their changes in a comparative and multi-disciplinary way.

UNIRES, the Italian Centre for Research on Universities and Higher Education Systems, is based at the Scuola Normale Superiore and directed by Professor Giliberto Capano.

Research Units

Centro di Studi Europeo sullo Sviluppo Locale e Regionale (CESVI)

The CESVI (Centro di Studi Europeo sullo Sviluppo Locale e Regionale) is the research unit at the University of Florence

Centro Interdipartimentale di Studi e Ricerche sui Sistemi di Istruzione Superiore

The CIRSIS (Centro Interdipartimentale di Studi e Ricerche sui Sistemi di Istruzione Superiore) is the research unit at the University of Pavia

Centro studi Fondazione CRUI

The Centro studi Fondazione CRUI is the research unit at the Fondazione CRUI per le Università italiane

Dipartimento di Culture, Politica e Società (CPS)

The Dipartimento di Culture, Politica e Società (CPS) is the research unit at the University of Turin

Dipartimento di Economia, Management e Metodi Quantitativi (DEMM)

The Dipartimento di Economia, Management e Metodi Quantitativi (DEMM) is one of the research units at the University of Milan

Publications

Monograph - 2016

Changing Governance in Universities. Italian Higher Education in Comparative Perspective

Giliberto Capano, Marino Regini, Matteo Turri
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Working Paper - 2016

Report on Career Development Services and Centres in The EURAXESS Network

Massimo Carfagna, Francesca Romana Decorato, Natalia Paganelli

News

01/07/2015

Varieties of Governance. Dynamics, Strategies, Capacities

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The study of governance may be currently in fashion, but it is also a firmly-established lens through which the complexities of contemporary policy making can be analysed while examining the ways in which a society and its political processes are [...]