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Globalizations of Higher Education and Research

International workshop, May 29-30, 2018, University Paris Descartes
salle des conférences (R229), 2nd floor, 45 rue des Saints Pères, Paris

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Presentation: If knowledge’s production and transmission have always been international, the extension and intensity of this phenomena seems to have gone one step further over the last twenty years. Initiatives of diverse natures, from the European Bologna Process to the “Shanghai ranking” have played their part in the simplification of students’ mobility. Global corporation’s sponsorship and partnership with academic research have integrated universities to global innovation circuits. New countries and new universities appear as important actors at the global scale, and national systems of higher education suffer greater internal polarization processes. Even if these changes do not mainly translate directly into universities’ privatization, in this global university, knowledge is increasingly exchanged as a commodity.

Présentation: Une nouvelle étape dans l’internationalisation de l’enseignement supérieur et de la recherche semble avoir été franchie depuis la fin des années 1990. De Bologne à Shanghai, la mobilité étudiant a pris une nouvelle dimension. Une carte globale de l’université émerge, avec de nouveaux acteurs, publics comme privés, alors que les systèmes nationaux subissent des processus de polarisation. Si les privatisations des établissements sont rarement à l’ordre du jour, le savoir se produit et s’échange de plus en plus comme une marchandise. Ces deux journées ont pour objet de discuter ces tendances à partir de résultats de recherche et de l’expérience d’acteurs impliqués dans la globalisation universitaire. Les échanges auront lieu en anglais. Une traduction simultanée français-anglais sera mise en œuvre le 29 mai.



  • Organization committee: Cecila Rikap, Hugo Harari-Kermadec, Etienne Gerard, Nolwen Henaff,  David Flacher, Lama Kabbanji, Virginie Fonteneau, Hélène Gispert, Léonard Moulin & Leïla Frouillou

    The workshop is organised by ACIDES and CEPED (IRD & Paris Descartes) and supported by IFRIS (Institut Francilien Recherche Innovation Société) and MSH Paris Saclay.



Globalization of students and scholars’ mobility / Globalisation des mobilités étudiantes et scientifiques

Second roundtable of the international workshop, Globalizations of Higher Education and Research, May 29-30, 2018, University Paris 5 Descartes

May 29, 14:30 – 18:00 

Chair : Etienne Gerard, CEPED – IRD & Lama Kabbanji, CEPED – IRD
Participants :

  • Loan Dinh Thi Bich, Institut vietnamien des sciences de l’éducation
  • Leïla Frouillou, CRESPPA – Université Paris Nanterre
  • Aldo Geuna, University of Torino – Collegio Carlo Alberto
  • Nolwen Henaff, CEPED – IRD
  • Antoniona Levatino, UAB – INED
  • Sylvie Mazzella, LAMES – CNRS
  • Léonard Moulin, INED
  • Pierre Moulinier, GERME – SciencesPo
  • Sorana Toma, ENSAE-CREST & Ined

Résumé : Cette table ronde propose de repenser les mobilités étudiantes et scientifiques contemporaines à l’aune de deux dynamiques

  • L’intérêt croissant de certains pays de destination d’attirer des étudiants et des scientifiques étrangers dans le contexte actuel de la globalisation
  • Les reconfigurations des conditions structurelles dans les pays d’origine des étudiants/scientifiques mobiles (augmentation de l’offre de formation supérieure, programmes transnationaux, développement de nouveaux pôles de formation, changements dans les caractéristiques du marché du travail hautement qualifié…)

Elites’ mobility is not a new phenomenon. Indeed, during the last decades of the XIX century, several universities proposed scholarships to some of their students to do their thesis abroad. Private foundations also favored these initiatives, a phenomenon that grew in the inter-war period. At a glance, looking into certain disciplines, their circulations and promoters today, contributes to better understand the evolution of university’s landscape and the appeal that is at stake in Europe and the United States in this period.

This round table aims at analysing contemporary student and scientific mobilities in the light of two dynamics:

  • The attractiveness of certain destination countries for foreign students and academics in the current context of globalization
  • Reconfiguration of the structural conditions in the countries of origin of mobile students / academics (increase in the supply of higher education, transnational programs, development of new training centers, changes in the characteristics of the highly skilled market, etc.)

The effects of world rankings, accreditation and evaluation: status, excellence and polarization.

Third roundtable of the international workshop, Globalizations of Higher Education and Research, May 29-30, 2018, University Paris 5 Descartes

May 30, 9:30 – 13:00

Rankings and other instruments used for evaluating higher education and research produce a quantitative representation of university. This fuels a cognitive map adapted for consumers of higher education – and for their lenders – as well as for investors. We’ll also address its effect on academics work and management. Finally, the proximity between the normalization necessary to produce quantitative representations and the abstraction typical of commodity-fetishism will be discussed.


  • Corine Eyraud, Université d’Aix-Marseille
  • Hugo Harari-Kermadec, IDHES – ENS Paris-Saclay
  • Judith Naidorf, Universidad de Buenos Aires
  • Catherine Paradeise, LISIS – Université de Marne-la-Vallée & IFRIS

National and institutional strategies in a globalized environment : Hubs, World Class Universities and Academic Capitalism

Fourth roundtable of the international workshop, Globalizations of Higher Education and Research, May 29-30, 2018, University Paris 5 Descartes

May 30, 14:30 – 18:00 

According to countries and regions’ history and institutional context, the globalization of Higher Education and Research (HER) shows different impacts in terms of international competition and collaboration strategies as well as defining winners (that position themselves as global HER hubs or poles of attraction of students, faculty and resources) and losers (such as countries suffering from students and researchers brain drain) of this process. In this session we thus want to focus on the distinctive mechanisms that were put in place in order to produce different regimes of HER at both an institutional and a country level. We will also discuss about imitation or mimicking possibilities between different countries and institutions as well as about the consequences of a combined and uneven internationalization of HER.


  • David Flacher, Université de Technologie de Compiègne, COSTECH, IFRIS
  • Yann Lebeau, University of East Anglia
  • Pierre Mounier-Khun, CAK – EHESS
  • Cecilia Rikap CEPED – IRD & IFRIS
  • Barrett Taylor, University of North Texas

The effects of the globalization of higher education and research: stakeholders’ perspectives

First roundtable of the international workshop, Globalization of Higher Education and Research, May 29-30, 2018, University Paris 5 Descartes

May 29, 10:30 – 13:00 


  • Jana Bacevic,  University and College Union, Cambridge
  • Dieter Lenzen, President of the University of Hamburg
  • Patricia Pol, Former Bologna advisor of the French government
  • Danielle Tartakowsky, former President of the University Paris 8 Saint-Denis

Students and scholars’ mobility, global rankings, accreditation, evaluation, pressures to become world class universities and academic enterprise are just some of the challenges that higher education institutions are facing in our globalized context. How are universities coping with these –sometimes even contradictory- pressures? What different strategies towards globalization have been pursued? Are strategies alike in the north (center) and the south (periphery)? Discussing with the actual decision makers we expect will contribute to shed light on these and other debates.