Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna (Austria)

The Institute for Advanced Studies (Institut für Höhere Studien) (IHS) is Austria's premier postgraduate research and training institute. Within its sociology department, the IHS has a large research group on higher education. Research topics of this group are the social dimension in higher education, gender issues, funding of higher education institutions, student retention, links between the school and the higher education system, employability of graduates and governance of higher education institutions.

IHS is the coordinator of the PL4SD project.

Contact persons:

      • Martin Unger
      • Iris Schwarzenbacher

Institute for the Development of Education (Croatia)

The Institute for the Development of Education (Institut za razvoj obrazovanja) (IDE) is a Croatian non-governmental organisation that contributes to the development of higher education policy, provides expert support to institutions, connects domestic and international experts and enables individuals in Croatia and Southeast Europe to achieve their educational goals.

IDE advocates higher education policies and participates in the policy-making process through the publication of studies, reports and policy recommendations regarding equitable access to higher education, higher education funding, student financial support, academic mobility and linking higher education and the labour market in Croatia.

Contact persons:

      • Ninoslav Šćukanec
      • Matija Sinković

DZHW-German Centre for Research on Higher Education and Science Studies (Germany)

The German Centre for Research on Higher Education and Science Studies (abbreviation: DZHW) is since 1.9.2013 the new name for the HIS-Institute for Research on Higher Education.

DZHW conducts empirical research on issues related to higher education in Germany and across Europe to provide new insights for evidence-based policies to ministries, the scientific community and the public in general.

DZHW has been the coordinator of EUROSTUDENT since its inception in 1996 and represents the EUROSTUDENT project in the Bologna Follow-Up Group. Further international projects include the investigation of tracking procedures for students and graduates (Track-it) and of higher education access (Equnet).

Contact persons:

      • Shweta Mishra
      • Matthias Liedtke

European Students' Union (Belgium)

The European Students' Union (ESU) is an umbrella organisation of 47 National Unions of Students (NUS) from 39 countries. The aim of ESU is to represent and promote the educational, social, economic and cultural interests of students at the European level towards all relevant bodies and in particular the European Union, Bologna Follow Up Group, Council of Europe and UNESCO. Through its members, ESU represents over 14 million students in Europe.

ESU works to bring together, resource, train and inform national student representatives on policy developments in higher education at the European level. In addition to the advocacy work done on European level, ESU's work centres around supporting its members through organising seminars, trainings, campaigns and conferences relevant to students, conducting European-wide research, partnership projects, providing information services and producing a variety of publications. ESU is a consultative member to the Bologna Process and currently co-chairs the Social Dimension and Lifelong Learning Working Group.

Contact person:

      • Stela Stancheva