Project without external funding

Change in Networks, Higher Education and Knowledge Societies (CINHEKS)


Abstract
The CINHEKS project was a collaborative multi-country investigation on how higher education institutions are networked in knowledge societies in Europe, USA und Japan. The study analysed how the notion of the Knowledge Society implies changes in the traditional ways that universities produce and disseminate knowledge and shape social networks and partnerships. Beyond that the investigation it examined whether the linkages between academics, higher education institutions and other key external actors are similar or distinct in different institutional, national and regional contexts. The CINEHKS collaboration framework consisted of three diffrent analytical parts: a historical analysis of key features shaping knowledge production in Europe, the US and Japan a policy discourse analysis, in relation to global and regional discourses about the knowledge society an empirical mixed-method study of how universities and academics operate within a ‘knowledge society’ frame of reference in Europe, the US and Japan. INCHER conducted the historical analysis on higher education, knowledge and society and also contributed case studies of six German universities. The specific aim of the historical analysis was to exmamine the extent to which differences and commonalities of policies and developments regarding the core theme of the project at the beginning of the 21st century reflext prior trends and policies in the six countries collaborating in this project. The research collaboration is designed a three-year study (October 2009-September 2012) within the European Science Foundation’s Higher Education and Social Change (EuroHESC) research programme. The overall purpose of the project was to analyse how higher education institutions operate within knowledge societies. Furthermore the project aimed to enhance knowledge society as explanatory construct of social theory.


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