In Europe as well as in other regions of the world, fundamental transition processes are taking place in the systems of research, innovation and tertiary education: from regulation to deregulation and competition, from steering to market, from administration to management, but also from management to social responsibility. Therefore, we need experts who are able to understand and analyse these new contexts (system knowledge combined with regional contexts), who can link system change with institutional change, and who are able to develop management skills to deal with the changing environment inside HE and research institutions. Our international master programme MARIHE (, dedicated and with core focus to the knowledge triangle in relation to higher education, will foster the development of these experts, in Europe and worldwide. The yearly symposium, “MARIHE Day”, is a mile stone for future developments and a flagship in the internationalisation of higher education as well as for research and innovation at higher education institutions on a global scale.

Programme MARIHE Day 2021, Part 1

The symposium will use the the concept of the “governance equalizer” (De Boer, Enders, Schimank) to analyse the national context and to compare with international developments. Commentators will pay attention to state regulation, stakeholder guidance, academic self-governance, managerial self-governance and competition. The first part (opening ceremony) of the symposium is dedicated to changes and challenges in higher education at MARIHE partner countries.

Please note: This event will take place online via Zoom and will be recorded. With your registration, you declare your consent with the recording.


Tuesday, 14. September 2021

Host: Prof. Dr. Attila Pausits, Danube University Krems

09:00 – 13:00

Part 1: National Higher Education Systems

09:00 – 09:20


  • Prof. Dr. Peter Parycek, Vice-Rector for Educational Affairs / Academic Continuing Education and Digital Transformation, Danube University Krems
  • Prof. Dr. Attila Pausits, Head of the Department for Higher Education Research, Danube University Krems

09:20 – 09:40

Higher Education in Austria – yesterday, today and tomorrow

Prof. Dr. Attila Pausits, Danube University Krems

09:40 – 10:00

Higher Education in China – Status quo and outlook

Prof. Dr. Liu Baocun, Beijing Normal University

10:00 – 10:15


10:15 – 10:35

Access to Higher Education in Finland

Dr. Vuokko Kohtamäki, Tampere University

10:35 – 10:55

Higher Education in Germany – Recent development and challenges

Prof. Dr. Frank Ziegele, Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences

10:55 – 11:15

A Critical Review of Indian Higher Education

Prof. Dr. Padmakumar Nair, Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology

11:15 – 11:30


11:30 – 11:50

Higher Education in Hungary – current developments

Prof. Dr. Gábor Halász, ELTE

11:50 – 12:50

Convergences and divergences in good governance – the MARIHE perspective: A panel discussion with MARIHE partners

Prof. Dr. Attila Pausits, Danube University Krems

12:50 – 13:00

Closing words

Prof. Dr. Attila Pausits, Danube University Krems

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EMJMD “Research and Innovation in Higher Education” (MARIHE)

MARIHE is a 4-semester/2-year Master Course supported by the Erasmus Mundus Programme of the European Commission. The aims of MARIHE are to:

  • promote and enforce the benefits of the current changes in the knowledge triangle (innovation, research and higher education system),
  • educate innovation, research and higher education experts who are prepared for the future challenges,
  • prepare students for the challenges by linking knowledge on systems and tools with a global comparative perspective,
  • improve research and innovation of HEIs through professional management.

As a master programme with a global perspective, MARIHE builds on the expertise of its international consortium partners: Danube University Krems (Austria), Tampere University (Finland), Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences (Germany), Beijing Normal University (China), Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) (Hungary) and Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology (deemed to be University) (India). The seventh cohort started in August 2021.

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