In close collaboration with higher education institutions and stakeholders, the relevance of the proposed schemes is discussed and developed further. Furthermore the availability of reliably data sets will be explored and the schemes will be tested extensively. The main steps are:


The project is run by an international project team, consisting of 8 international experts on the field. The project team meets during the project with an advisory board and a stakeholders group in which a large number of (associations of) higher education institution, stakeholders and interest groups participate.

Case studies

The relevance of the scheme and the availability of data are investigated in depth in around 8 case studies. Higher education institutions are visited by members of the project team or are consulted intensively on these two issues.

Pilot survey

The questions on the relevance of the schemes and the availability of data are put into an electronic questionnaire that will be send out to around 200 higher education institutions. The information these questionnaires provided are a major input for the discussions on how the future classification might look like.


“Building a typology of higher education institutions in Europe”

CEIHE II Conference, 24 – 26 April, Santander

“Transparency in Diversity – Towards a European Classification of Higher Education Institutions”

CEIHE II Conference, 10 – 11 July, Berlin