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The components of a classification

The heart of the classification of higher education institutions will the various characteristics upon which differences and similarities of institutions are mapped. Each characteristic highlights a different aspect of the profile of the institutions included. In this way, the classification will in fact be made up of a number of parallel ‘schemes’, each based on a different characteristic. This multi-scheme classification acknowledges that institutions can be grouped and compared in a variety of ways.

At this stage, a number of schemes is generated that provide, on the one hand, ample opportunities for institutions to profile themselves in very diverse ways and, on the other hand, provide different stakeholders relevant information on higher education institutions in Europe.

At this point in the research project, five groups of schemes: on education (1), on research and innovation (2) on international orientation (3), on size and settings (4) and a provisional one on community engagement (5). In the tables below these schemes are briefly described.

Schemes on education

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Highest degree offered

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Range of subjects offered

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Orientation of degrees

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Involvement in life long learning.

Schemes on research and innovation

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Research intensiveness

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Publications and citations

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Innovation intensiveness

o

Start-ups; patents; licensing income; contract research income

Schemes on international orientation

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Teaching and staff

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Students; joint programmes; international staff

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Research

o

Turnover in EU programmes

Schemes on size and settings

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Size

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Enrolment; staff; resources

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Mode of delivery

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Public character

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Legal status

Schemes on community engagement

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Cultural engagement

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Regional engagement