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European Embeddedness and the Founding of Luxembourg’s 21st Century Research University
Braband, Gangolf; Powell, Justin J W
2021In European Journal of Higher Education
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Keywords :
higher education; higher education policy; university; Luxembourg; Europe; Bologna process; Lisbon strategy; Erna Hennicot-Schoepges; Europeanization; The Greater Region; institutionalization; student mobility
Abstract :
[en] At the heart of Western Europe and culturally embedded in the “Greater Region,” Luxembourg for centuries sent its youth abroad for tertiary education, without its own national university. Evolving provisions of postsecondary education after 1945 followed construction of several teaching and research institutes that did not offer full-fledged tertiary education certification. With global higher education expansion and European developments providing a window of opportunity, the critical juncture occurred in 2003, with the founding of the national flagship University of Luxembourg (—since leading to an extraordinary case of university institutionalization. Traditions were explicitly maintained, but reshaped, in the new university, with student mobility continuing to bolster the national elite’s pan-European networks and internationalization. Reflecting its hyper-diversity and multilingual culture as well as porous national borders, Luxembourg’s investments in higher education capacity-building, via a 21st century research university, have been thoroughly European. Today, Luxembourg has the highest proportion of workers with tertiary attainment and of internationally mobile students, testament to its maintained mobility tradition and national policy change facilitated by global models and European norms.
Research center :
Department of Social Sciences
Disciplines :
Political science, public administration & international relations
Sociology & social sciences
Education & instruction
Author, co-author :
Braband, Gangolf
Powell, Justin J W  ;  University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (FHSE) > Department of Social Sciences (DSOC)
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Title :
European Embeddedness and the Founding of Luxembourg’s 21st Century Research University
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Journal title :
European Journal of Higher Education
Publisher :
Taylor & Francis, Abingdon, United Kingdom
Special issue title :
Higher Education as Social Provision since 1945
Peer reviewed :
Peer Reviewed verified by ORBi
Focus Area :
Educational Sciences
Name of the research project :
R-AGR-0330 - Global-Uni (20130401-20160331) - HARMSEN Robert
Funders :
University of Luxembourg - UL
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