The University Rankings and Europe-seminar 26.10.2011

University Rankings and Europe -seminar aims at tracking the receptions and responses on global university rankings in Europe, including their institutional effects on European universities. The one-day seminar addresses the university rankings impacts on European higher education policies, academic research, and European higher education institutions.

The seminar is open. Everyone attending the seminar is also invited to a related Rector’s reception at 18.00-20.00. We kindly ask you to inform us by email (to about your participation in the seminar and the reception by 19 October.

Time: Wednesday 26 October 2011, 10:00-18:00 (Rector’s reception 18:00-20:00)

Venue: Porthania, PIII, Yliopistonkatu 3 (see map for further details)

Organizers: The seminar is organized by Transnational Governance of Higher Education -research project in collaboration with the Helsinki University Network for Higher Education and Innovation Research (HEINE) and the Network for European Studies (NES).


10:00–12:00 University Rankings and the European Higher Education Policies (Chair: Juhana Aunesluoma)

University Lecturer Tero Erkkilä, University of Helsinki: “Welcome: University Rankings and Europe”

Professor Barbara M. Kehm, University of Kassel: ” The Impacts of Rankings on the European Higher Education Landscape”

Professor Richard Münch, Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg: “The University in Competition for Excellence. The Impact of Rankings on the Academic Field”

12:00–13:30 Lunch break

13:30–15:30 University Rankings and Academic Research in Europe (Chair: Ilkka Arminen)

Professor Arto Mustajoki, University of Helsinki: “How to Measure Excellence in Social Sciences and Humanities”

Professor Åse Gornitzka, University of Oslo: “The Nordic Model, Excellence Initiatives and University Rankings”

Professor Niilo Kauppi, University of Strasbourg: “University Rankings and Political Science in Europe”

15:30–15:50 Coffee

15:50–17:45 Impacts on European Higher Education Institutions (Chair: Tero Erkkilä)

Professor Jon Nixon, University of Sheffield: “The Drift to Conformity: the Myth of Institutional Diversity”

Senior Lecturer Erkki Berndtson, University of Helsinki: “Organizational Structures and Disciplinary Rankings: The Case of Political Science”

Senior Researcher Bob Reinalda, Radboud University Nijmegen: “The Bologna Process, the European Commission and University Rankings: The Most Remarkable Transformation of Higher Education in Europe”

18:00–20:00 Rector’s reception, hosted by Vice-Rector Jukka Kola


The detailed programme with abstracts and biographies can be found here.