Higher Education

Higher education is an engine for innovation. Technopolis Group works with its clients to develop the capacity and potential of Higher Education (HE) systems to support innovation and growth. Higher education is changing across the globe. Seen by many governments as a major contributor to social and economic development and success, higher education provides nation states with human capital alongside excellent research. Technopolis Group works across the globe supporting clients to evaluate their programmes in higher education and entrepreneurship.

It is estimated that there are 15,000 universities and Higher Education Institutions (HEI) in the world. 4,000 of them, or just over a quarter of the total, are located in the EU. There are around 20 million students and 1.5 million academics. In 2010, 26 per cent of the population in the EU-27 had a higher education qualification and the EU 2020 target is to raise this proportion to 40 per cent. This amounts to a very powerful potential for high level skills, enterprise and innovation.

There is increasing interest across emerging economies to drive up the quality of higher education, create jobs, eradicate poverty and improve governance and research. Education is one of the key aspects of the Sustainable Development Goals, with Goal Four calling for the world to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all” by 2030. There are many countries in the developing world.

Technopolis has a dedicated Higher Education Group which brings together national and international expertise from across all of our offices. Our clients include national and international organisations such as the European Commission, international aid agencies, the OECD, national governments, individual universities and other organisations. We work across the globe supporting clients to evaluate their programmes in higher education and entrepreneurship.

The Group provides expert services in the following areas:

  • Higher Education system overview and trend reports
  • Institutional and programme evaluation
  • Organisational change including university mergers
  • Institutional strategy development and transformation
  • Internationalisation agenda development
  • University business cooperation and knowledge transfer

In addition, many of the Group’s consultants are experts in research policy and innovation with additional experience of working with HE related issues, for example in research leadership, doctoral training, funding systems and academic career issues. We understand the issue of innovation from the university/research perspective as well as from the business and external perspective.

Entrepreneurial Higher Education Institutions

HEInnovate is a self-assessment tool for Entrepreneurial Higher Education Institutions. It is an initiative of the European Commission, DG Education and Culture and the OECD LEED forum, and supported by a panel of six independent experts. The website has been designed and is managed by Technopolis under a Framework Contract agreement with the European Commission,…

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European Forum Co-operation between Higher Education and the Business Community

The University Business Forum is an initiative of DG EAC to bring together stakeholders involved in UBC in the area of higher education for design of curriculum, mobility, knowledge transfer and entrepreneurship education. This contract provided think pieces and input papers for the thematic forums as well as running expert groups to help shape future…

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Evaluation of Nordplus

Nordplus and its five sub-programmes Nordplus Junior, Nordplus Higher Education, Nordplus Adult, Nordplus Horizontal and Nordplus Nordic Languages were all evaluated. The evaluation had both summative and formative traits and the evaluation team focused on the performance and impacts of Nordplus and its sub-programmes, with a view on the expected delivery of activities and outcomes…

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EU-US Study on credit systems in higher education

The report was a comprehensive comparative study on higher education credit systems in Europe and US. Compare experiences and identify best practices for enhancing transparency and recognition of study abroad periods between the US and EU. The results of the study led to recommendations for translation between EU and US credit systems to facilitate mobility

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