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CHEPS – the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies – is a research institute at the University of Twente. We offer research, training and consultancies on various aspects of higher education policy, particularly from an international comparative perspective.

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Performance based funding and performance agreements in fourteen higher education systems

This report, commissioned by the Netherlands Ministry of Education, presents an overview of fourteen higher education systems where some form of performance-based funding (PBF) is in place. In particular, it looks at systems of Performance Agreements between individual higher education institutions and their ministry of education or funding council. The countries covered are: The Netherlands, Austria, Germany (North-Rhine Westphalia and Thuringia), England, Scotland, Ireland, Denmark, Finland, Australia, Hong Kong and the USA (Tennessee, Louisiana, South Carolina). Apart from detailed descriptions of national PBF systems in higher education, the report presents some lessons and recommendations, based on the international experiences with systems of PBF. ... read more

The CHEPS blog is now online

The Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS) is pleased to announce the start of the CHEPS blog. The CHEPS blog is an academic blog run by CHEPS. It is a place for researchers, higher education professionals, students, policy makers and anyone else interested in higher education issues. ... read more

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CHEPS Seminar Series

From summer 2015 onwards CHEPS will offer the “CHEPS Seminar Series”. Researchers from CHEPS and experienced guest speakers will present their research on current issues in higher education policies. In summer 2015, the presentations are devoted to the theme “Governance, Policies and Innovations in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education”. In May and June 2015, three presentations investigating this theme from different angles will take place. Further information can be found here ... read more

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Second release of U-Multirank

CHEPS is one of the leading partners in U-Multirank, the multi-dimensional, user-driven international ranking of higher education institutions. On Monday 30 March the second release of U-Multirank went live ( The ranking now includes over 1200 universities from 83 countries at ... read more