Forum Keynote Speakers

Competition, Collaboration & Complementarity in Higher Education

The Forum will be hosted by the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary

Forum Keynote Speakers

Sheila SLAUGHTER

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Sheila Slaughter is the first occupant of the McBee Professorship of Higher Education and comes to the Institute from the University of Arizona. A distinguished scholar of higher education, her most recent book is Academic Capitalism and the New Economy: Markets, State and Higher Education with Gary Rhoades. Professor Slaughter’s scholarship concentrates on the relationship between knowledge and power as it plays out in higher education policy at the state, federal, and global levels.

During the last fifteen years she has focused on topics such as intellectual property and statutes, commercialization of academic science and technology market mechanisms in higher education, and, to borrow from the title of her most recent book, the dynamics of academic capitalism and the new economy. Professor Slaughter served as the President of ASHE, and received the ASHE and AERA lifetime research awards. She has substantial funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and has served as consultant to the NSF. During 2004, she served as program director of Societal Dimensions of Engineering, Science, and Technology at the National Science Foundation. Dr. Slaughter worked with the European Universities Project, Hedda – the European association of research centres, institutes and groups with expertise in higher education research, the Salzburg Seminar, and various groups in Mexico and Argentina on issues related to marketization and commercialization of science and curricula.

Professor Slaughter is the author or co-author of four refereed books, the two most recent of which were published by the Johns Hopkins University Press. She has also published 34 refereed articles, 25 book chapters, 11 edited books or special journal issues, and 3 monographs. She has published in all of the leading journals of higher education including the Review of Higher Education, the Journal of Higher Education, and Higher Education. In addition, she has published in major journals outside the field, ranging from sociology to science and technology studies because her scholarship cuts across several disciplines.

Peter MAASSEN

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Peter Maassen is professor in Higher Education Studies and deputy head/research coordinator at the Department for Educational Research, Faculty of Education, University of Oslo, where he also is the academic coordinator of an Erasmus Mundus joint Master Degree programme. Previously he has been the director of the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS), University of Twente, the Netherlands (1997-2000). His areas of academic specialization include the public governance (including policy reform and institutional change) of higher education; university leadership and management; organisational change in higher education; and the economic role of higher education institutions, in OECD countries, as well as in Sub-Saharan Africa. He is a member of the Executive Board of the University College Oslo (Høyskole i Oslo), and of the Board of the Centrum für Hochschulentwicklung (CHE). He has been a member of the international panel evaluating the Danish university reforms (2009), and of the Norwegian governmental commission on higher education (Stjernø Commission – 2007/08), as well as of OECD review teams of Japan and Finland.

Frank ZIEGELE

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Frank Ziegele is director of the CHE Centre for Higher Education, Gütersloh (Germany), and professor for higher education and research management at the University of Applied Sciences Osnabrück (Germany). He was trained as economist and his research and publications focus on higher education finance, governance, strategic management, contract management, ranking and controlling. In these areas he also acts as consultant and trainer. He contributed with about 100 publications to the field of higher education policy and management and realised more than 80 projects in the same field, for instance as co-leader of the U-Multirank project. He is or was member in different boards, such as the editorial board of ‘Wissenschaftsmanagement’ and ‘Higher Education Management and Policy’ and the executive board of the German Society for Higher Education Research.

Michael IGNATIEFF

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Born in Canada, educated at the University of Toronto and Harvard, Michael Ignatieff is a university professor, writer and former politician.

His major publications are The Needs of Strangers (1984), Scar Tissue (1992), Isaiah Berlin (1998), The Rights Revolution (2000), Human Rights as Politics and Idolatry (2001), The Lesser Evil: Political Ethics in an Age of Terror (2004), and Fire and Ashes: Success and Failure in Politics (2013).

Between 2006 and 2011, he served as an MP in the Parliament of Canada and then as Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada and Leader of the Official Opposition. He is a member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada and holds eleven honorary degrees.

Between 2012 and 2015 he served as Centennial Chair at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs in New York.

Between 2014 and 2016 he was Edward R. Murrow Professor of the Practice of the Press, Politics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.

He is currently the Rector and President of Central European University in Budapest.