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‘How hybrid are today’s universities?’ Applying the principles of good governance, also as a turning point in the relationship between university and government
Good governance is mainly concerned with steering, managing and controlling, organising and implementing, internal supervision and accountability, and with ‘checks and balances’. This is especially true in ‘hybrid’ institutions—a grouping that includes universities as a result of their varying task profiles.
Good governance is also interwoven with a culture that exists within institution and among their staff. What is it lacking—probably to varying degrees—in Flemish universities? Governance structures and decision-making processes should promote and objectify quality, innovation, competition and performance, making them more transparent. But is there need for new forms of governance, management, policy and personnel management, not only now but also in the longer term (2030–2050)? Does this call for a new vision of better management? And does it include the government?
Good governance thus becomes the counterpart of the claim for greater autonomy of both institutions and scientists. This results in less regulatory pressure from the government and gives for researchers and research groups more room, freeing them from the bureaucracy of the university.
The commitment must be made explicit to reduce the (internal and external) regulatory framework, while at the same time guaranteeing academic freedom and integrity. There is a great deal to be done. And what are the best practices? Should we not advocate for a new relationship between university and government, a kind of social contract? And for non-mandatory rules and general principles aimed at transparency and comparability between institutions?
Moderator: Prof Dr Jan De Groof, Tilburg University, Higher School of Economics, Moscow and College of Europe (Bruges)
Organizer: Prof Dr Jan De Groof, Tilburg University, Higher School of Economics, Moscow and College of Europe (Bruges)
Location: Gorilla 4
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Prof Dr Isak Froumin, Higher School of Economics, Moscow
Prof David Dill, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
David Dill’s research examines the design and impacts of policies for academic quality and university research. He has explored the influence of norms and values on academic conduct: the ethical dimensions of teaching, the academic culture of universities, the effects of market forces. He has published comparative analyses of national policies, been an assessor of academic quality assurance in numerous countries, and advised policymakers in Asia, northern Europe, and the US.
Prof Jonathan Jansen, University of Stellenbosch
Jonathan Jansen is a senior professor formerly associated with the University of the Free State, South Africa. Apart from having served as a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University in 2016/17, he is also the president of both the South African Institute of Race Relations and the South African Academy of Science.
He started his career as a biology teacher in the Cape after he had completed his science degree at the University of the Western Cape. He went on to obtain an MS degree from Cornell University and a PhD from Stanford. Jansen also holds honorary doctorates from the University of Edinburgh, the University of Vermont and Cleveland State University.
In 2013, he was awarded the Lifetime Achiever Award for Africa at the Education Africa Global Awards in New York, as well as the University of California's Spendlove Award for his contribution to tolerance, democracy and human rights. The next year, he won the Nayef Al Rodhan Prize from the British Academy for the Social Sciences and Humanities for his book Knowledge in the Blood (published by Stanford University Press).
Prof Dr Jan De Groof, Tilburg University, Higher School of Economics, Moscow and College of Europe (Bruges)
Jan De Groof is professor at the College of Europe (Bruges, Belgium) and at Tilburg University (the Netherlands) and previously at Ghent University (Belgium), teaching international and comparative educational law and policy. His academic work and numerous publications have covered many education rights-related issues but also constitutional and human rights law. His doctoral students, coming from several continents, focus on various aspects of the Right toEducation.
De Groof has been visiting professor and/or taught at universities worldwide. He is founder and president of the European Association for Education Law and Policy (ELA) and co-founded the Russian and South-African Education Law Associations. He chaired – at the request of all regional Education Law and Policy Associations – the two World Conferences on Human Dignity, the Right to and Rights in Education (Amsterdam/The Hague,Brussels).