See detailLifting the smokescreen of science diplomacy: the political instrumentation of Science and Innovation centres
Epping, Elisabeth

Scientific Conference (2021, August 10)

See detailUnfolding the Science Diplomacy Toolbox: Science and Innovation Centres
Epping, Elisabeth

Scientific Conference (2021, March 18)

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See detailConferences and international collaboration revisited in times of the coronavirus: Experiences from a digital transition and lessons for the future
Epping, Elisabeth; Lohse, Anna Prisca; Graf, Lukas; Garcıa Miramon, Fiorentina

E-print/Working paper (2020)

"Everything was booked and ready to go for a two-day scientific workshop on education policies in Europe, scheduled for April 23-24, 2020 at the Hertie School in Berlin. The workshop intended to take stock of developments at the European, national and sub-national levels given the European Union’s wrap up of its decade-long Education & Training 2020 strategy (ET 2020), a framework for cooperation in education and training. However, on March 12, we had to cancel the physical meeting on short notice due to the coronavirus crisis. In the following, we share our experiences with the subsequent transition to an alternative online workshop format that took place on April 23, involving 25 participants from 10 countries, and 16 paper presentations. After sketching the workshop’s virtual setup, we discuss strengths, weaknesses, and challenges related to this digital transition. Furthermore, we explore the prospects of such online formats for future academic conferences and networking."

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See detailLifting the smokescreen of science diplomacy:comparing the political instrumentation of scienceand innovation centres
Epping, Elisabeth

in Humanities and Social Sciences Communications (2020), 7(111),

The notion of science diplomacy (SD) has increasingly gained momentum in recent years, however, it remains an empirically largely underexplored topic. This paper contributes to the study of SD by taking an instrument-centred perspective and focusses on science and innovation centres (SIC), a novel policy instrument in the science diplomacy toolbox. SIC are distinct units or satellite institutes, established by governments abroad, operating at the nexus of higher education, research, innovation, and diplomacy. Based on a comparative analysis, this article examines the rise of SIC in Germany and Switzerland. By means of applying a policy instrumentation lens, the career and development of the two SIC is retraced and insights are generated into their political instrumentation. Doing so contributes to unfold the blackbox of what is generally labelled as SD. In-depth interviews and analysis serve as the empirical foundation of this study. Ultimately, the results of this policy instrument study uncover the similarities and differences in SIC development and reveal their political instrumentation over time. It becomes evident that the objectives linked to SIC, and hence SD, are clearly motivated by national needs. Furthermore, notions of SD are reflective of a certain Zeitgeist that is mirrored in the design of an overall, new, policy yet also marks a relabelling of long-existing practices. This study, accordingly, contributes to the knowledge base of SD as it enhances the scholarly understanding of SD instruments in terms of history, actors and political instrumentation while also offering a theoretical anchoring.

See detailThe long and winding road: analysing Science and Innovation Centres, a unique policy instrument of Science Diplomacy
Epping, Elisabeth

Scientific Conference (2019, September 05)

The aim of this paper is to empirically contribute to the study of science diplomacy and thereby introduce and analyse science and innovation centres (SIC) as a novel policy instrument in the science diplomacy toolbox. SIC are distinct units or satellite institutes, established by governments abroad, operating at the nexus of higher education, research, innovation and diplomacy. Based on a comparative analysis of policy documents and interview data, insights into the development of SIC in Germany and Switzerland are generated. Furthermore, the (changing) political rationales that guide their development, and hence science diplomacy in general, are distilled. By applying a policy instrumentation lens, the research 1) uncovers the development of the two SIC over time reflecting similarities and differences, 2) shows that the political rationales for SIC are changing and exceed dominant science diplomacy notions of soft power, 3) reveals that the promotion of the concept of science diplomacy reflects a certain Zeitgeist and rather than being a novelty, existing practices are relabelled as science diplomacy.

See detailScience and Innovation Centers – bringing a new dimension to the internationalization of higher education, research and innovation
Epping, Elisabeth

Article for general public (2018)

n times of increasing pressures to compete on an international level, the need for internationalization of higher education, research and innovation is still unquestioned and more important than ever. In the past, countries devised and funded internationalization strategies for higher education and research that focused on topics as e.g., international mobility, research cooperation and collaborations. With the rise of ‘science and innovation centers’ (SIC), a new policy instrument targeting internationalization and international competitiveness in higher education, research and innovation has entered the scene. To date, however, only little research has shed light on these new institutions that bring internationalization efforts to a new level.

See detailGoethe Institute für Wissenschaft und Innovation?
Epping, Elisabeth

Presentation (2017, November 23)

See detailScience & Cultural Diplomacy
Epping, Elisabeth

Presentation (2017, November 14)

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See detailBook Review: Policy Analysis of Structural Reforms in Higher Education
Epping, Elisabeth

in Zeitschrift Hochschule und Weiterbildung (2017), 2

See detailIm Gespräch mit Paul Benneworth
Epping, Elisabeth; Benneworth, Paul

in Institut für Innovation und Technik (Ed.) Neue Formen der Kooperation in regionalen Innovationssystemen (2015)

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See detailStakeholders and quality assurance
Westerheijden, Don F.; Epping, Elisabeth; Faber, Marike; Leisyte, Liudvika; Weert, Egbert De

in Journal of the European Higher Education Area (2013), 2013(4), 71--86

How are stakeholders represented in higher education institutions? decision-making that influences the quality of education, and are their viewpoints taken into account? These were the main questions addressed in this part of the seven-country comparative study. Findings indicate that formal barriers are largely absent, that stakeholder influence has grown somewhat over recent years, but that actual influence of stakeholders can be further optimised in higher education institutions.

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See detailA post-graduation policy perspective on international student mobility in four countries - shoud they stay or should they go?
Epping, Elisabeth; Vossensteyn, J. J.

in Th&Ma : Tijdschrift voor Hoger Onderwijs en Management (2012), 2012(1), 39--43

The mobility of international students is a major trend and highly supported in recent years, not only in the frame of exchange programs, but also in the form of degree mobility. Many foreign students move abroad to pursue a degree: in 1975, 600.000 students were mobile worldwide, compared to 2.8 million mobile students in 2007. Forecasts expect the number to increase to about 8 million by 2025 (OECD, 2009b). Critics claim that international student mobility typically shows a flow from the South to the North, in other words, from developing to developed countries. This may lead to a brain gain situation for developed countries and a brain drain for developing countries. The current article (based on the situation in 2010) explores to what extent four developed countries take measures to develop such a brain-drain brain-gain situation into a situation of brain-circulation.

See detailData collection
Callaert, J.; Epping, Elisabeth; Federkeil, G.; Jongbloed, B. W. A.; Kaiser, Drs F.; Tijssen, R.

in van Vught, F. A.; Ziegele, F. (Eds.) Multidimensional ranking: the design and development of U-Multirank (2012)

This chapter describes the data collection instruments used in the development of U-Multirank. The first section is an overview of existing databases - mainly on bibliometrics and patents. The second describes the questionnaires and survey tools used for collecting data from the institutions - at the institutional and department levels - and from students.

See detailThe pilot test and its outcomes
Callaert, Julie; Epping, Elisabeth; Federkeil, Gero; File, Jon; Jongbloed, Ben; Kaiser, Frans; Roessler, Isabel; Tijssen, Robert; van Vught, Frans A.; Ziegele, Frank

in van Vught, F. A.; Ziegele, F. (Eds.) Multidimensional ranking: the design and development of U-Multirank (2012)

This chapter describes the design and outcomes of the pilot test assessing the feasibility of implementing U-Multirank. The authors outline the construction of the global sample of institutions that participated in the pilot test and discuss the feasibility of the data collection procedures and use of the various indicators presented in Chap. 7. Finally, they discuss the level of institutional interest in participating in the pilot and the potential upscaling of U-Multirank to a globally applicable multidimensional ranking tool.