44 anos da UA

CIPES was established in 1998 and from the outset, its mission has been to engage in scholarly research in order to advance critical thought and promote informed understanding about the vital policy issues confronting higher education at both the national and international arenas. The breadth and depth of projects and publications encompasses the major higher education policy issues and reflects the wide diversity of academic backgrounds of the researchers at the Centre.


CIPES was initially founded as a research centre of the Foundation of Portuguese Universities (FUP). In 2006 FUP has gone through a major restructuring and being recognised that CIPES would need more autonomy, it was decided to transform CIPES into a private association founded by the Universities of Aveiro and Porto but open to other universities, a change that has become effective from July the 1st 2007.


The governance bodies of CIPES are the Executive Board, the Scientific Council, the General Assembly, the Fiscal Council and the Advisory Council. The members of the Executive Board (3) are elected by the Scientific Council and proposed to the General Assembly that appoints them. The Executive Board is responsible for the daily running of the Centre. The Scientific Council is composed of all researchers with a doctoral degree working at CIPES. The Scientific Council is responsible for defining the research policy of the Centre and for deciding the admission of new researchers, the award of scholarships and hiring new personnel. The General Assembly is composed of the rectors of the associated universities (at present the Universities of Aveiro and Porto) and a researcher from each University appointed by the Scientific Council. The General Assembly analyses and votes the budget proposals and the activity plans, appoints the members of the Executive Board and decided on the admission of new associates. The Fiscal Council controls the financial activity and inspections the accounts, producing an annual report for the General Assembly. The Advisory Council is composed of three researchers of international reputation; at present they are Professor Ulrich Teichler, Professor Oliver Fulton and Dr. Mary Henkel. The Advisory Council produces reports and recommendations on the research strategy and development plans.


Higher education is a reasonably recent area of study. In Europe the development of higher education research was even more recent, mostly in the turn to the 1970s. CIPES has strived to become a centre of reference in Portugal and abroad in higher education research. At the national level, CIPES aims to contribute to strengthen the public debated on higher education issues, which is weakened by the scarce development of policy studies of any kind in Portugal and by the limitations in institutional management and governance in most Portuguese higher education institutions. After a period of significant growth, CIPES aims to consolidate its research team. CIPES is currently one of the largest centres in the world devoted to higher education research.


Since its creation, CIPES has awarded major relevance to the internationalization of its activities. Thus, it became a founding member of HEDDA - the Higher Education Development Association, and is an active partner in several other important research networks in the field of higher education research, both in Europe and beyond. CIPES has been actively participating in various international research projects and it has become a standard practice for its researchers to participate in relevant international conferences and to publish regularly in international journals. CIPES’ engagement in the organization of several international seminars and conferences on various policy themes has been critical to nurture its research groups and to attain high international visibility.


A central element of the internationalisation policy was the participation of CIPES as founding associate of the Consortium HEDDA, together with similar centres from the UK, Finland, Norway, France, Netherlands, Germany and the Czech Republic. CIPES has also been a very active member in EUREDOCS - the European Network of Doctoral Students in Higher education, which has been an extremely valuable forum for cutting-edge research in Higher Education topics in Europe. CIPES has also been a member of the PRIME Network of Excellence.


CIPES gives great relevance to an intense dissemination activity of its research results, particularly at the international level. The performance on publication has enhanced CIPES’ national and international visibility and recognition and has provided new and interesting opportunities for collaboration and intervention. In agreement with its founding mission, CIPES also publishes an internal series in Portuguese aiming to develop an awareness of Portuguese institutions to the trends and debates in higher education policy.

CIPES also gives great attention to advance training in higher education. Several members of CIPES have been collaborating in masters and doctoral programs of its associated universities, namely with the ERASMUS Mundus European Master in Higher Education Policy, co-organized by the Universities of Aveiro, Oslo and Tampere, which has been very successful.

Higher education is not an autonomous discipline, rather a field of research to which contribute multiple disciplines. CIPES’ work has been faithful to that tradition and has been permanently developed as a multidisciplinary unit. This was possible since its team of researchers come from a wide variety of backgrounds: engineering, economics, management, sociology, philosophy, education sciences, history and geography. This multidisciplinary nature of CIPES’ research has meant that each project and each line of research benefits from the diverse backgrounds of a sub-set of its members.


However, the recent growth of the centre and its activities has led to the identification of 3 main lines of research: system level policies, institutional and organizational analysis, and resources, allocation and human capital. This has been defined mostly in order to facilitate the coordination and organization of the several research projects and to strengthen continuity within research programs. Although CIPES is organized around 3 main lines of research, there is an intense interaction between all researchers and all research projects. This interaction has meant that each line of research has significantly exchanged and nurtured the remaining ones with the results of its research activity. This has contributed to stimulate a rich and innovative intellectual environment.


Being the only Portuguese research centre specialized in higher education policies, CIPES is frequently asked to give contributions to conferences in professional associations, higher education institutions and students associations.


At national level CIPES collaborates frequently with the Ministry for Science, Technology and Higher Education. CIPES has also regularly collaborated with some of the most important system’s organizations, such as the National Education Council (CNE), the Portuguese Council of Rectors and the Council of Portuguese Polytechnics. CIPES’ researchers are regularly consulted by those organizations to provide assistance and technical expertise on higher education issues such as funding, quality, and governance.


CIPES has participated and/or organised a large number of conferences and seminars in a diversified set of themes (such as access, funding, quality, governance, the Bologna process, market regulation in higher education, the emergence of stakeholders, new public management and managerialism) in a large number of universities and polytechnics, students’ unions, professional organisations and foundations.


CIPES also develops outreach activities at international level. CIPES has been responsible for a number of quality assessment activities, namely the institutional audits for the European University Association. CIPES has also collaborated with documents and participated in conferences organized by the Institutional Management in Higher Education (IMHE/OECD), the European University Association, the Center for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI/OECD), the International Association of Universities (IAU), and the Consortium of Higher Education Researchers (CHER). Several of CIPES’ researchers have also been invited to give lectures and to participate in advisory committees organized by policy-makers in several foreign countries.
última atualização a 13-10-2013
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