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Center for Studies in Higher Education - Goldman School of Public Policy - UC Berkeley

 Funding Support Provided by the Carnegie Corporation; co-sponsored by UC Berkeley’s Institute for Governmental Studies (IGS), Institute for East Asian Studies, and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies


UC Berkeley’s Center for Studies in Higher Education is celebrating its 60th year as the world’s first research center focused on the past and future of higher education. This conference will gather CSHE alumni and affiliated researchers, along with leading scholars and practitioners from throughout the world, focused on the theme New Nationalism and Universities, which includes the complex forces shaping populist movements in many parts of the world, and how they are shaping the missions, activities, behaviors, and productivity of major leading national universities. Register

Universities have been at the forefront of both national development and global integration. They undoubtedly will continue to play this dual role. But the political and policy world in which they operate is once again undergoing a transition, reflective of a significant change in domestic politics and international relations – a populist turn inward among a key group of major nations. Participants will explore the influence of nationalism, old and new versions, on major national universities.

In addition, CSHE and the Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) Consortium will hold a SERU Graduate Student Experience Workshop on November 15th that will feature recent data and analysis from the SERU Graduate Student Survey (gradSERU), and will serve as an introduction to the survey and the Consortium for interested research intensive campuses. See the SERU Consortium website for more information.


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SERU Graduate Student Experience Workshop: Wednesday Nov 15, 2 PM - 4:30 PM, UC Berkeley (location TBD)

New Nationalism and Universities Conference

    Day 1 – Thursday Nov 16:  9 AM – 5 PM

    Day 2 – Friday Nov 17: 9 AM – 5PM



The Program will include the following Sessions (tentative subject to change):

  • Past CSHE Visiting Scholars Forum: Presentations on Current Research
  • The Changing Face of Nationalism and Universities
  • The Future of the European Higher Education Area
  • Understanding Brexit – A UK Perspective
  • AmericanUniversities in the Age of Trump
  • Russian Universities in the Age of Putin
  • Rising Forms Nationalism – Institutional Autonomy and Academic Freedom in Turkey and Hungary
  • China’s Universities: Countervailing Forces of Nationalism and International Engagement
  • Populism and Student Movements – Universities in Brazil and South Africa



Speakers and Panel Participants will include (preliminary list of confirmed participants):

  • Carol Christ – Chancellor UC Berkeley – former Director Center for Studies in Higher Education
  • Henry Brady – Dean Goldman School of Public Policy UC Berkeley
  • John Aubrey Douglass – CSHE Senior Researcher – UC Berkeley PI SERU Consortium
  • David Willetts - Executive Chair of the Resolution Foundation – UK Minister for Universities and Science 2010-2014
  • Wilhelm Krull – Secretary General Volkswagen Foundation – former Member of the Board of Trustees Central European University
  • Robert Shireman – The Century Foundation – CSHE Research Associate
  • Isak Froumin – Director Institute of Education Higher School of Economics Moscow – former Education Specialist for the World Bank
  • Marijk van der Wende - Utrecht University; CSHE Faculty Research Associate - past CSHE Visiting Scholar
  • William Kirby – T. M. Chang Professor of China Studies Harvard University; past CSHE Visiting Scholar
  • Marcelo Knobel – Rector Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Unicamp) Brazil – former Executive Director of the Brazilian National Nanotechnology Laboratory (LNNano) - CSHE SERU Research Associate
  • Saleem Badat - Program Director International Higher Education & Strategic Projects The Andrew W Mellon Foundation – former Vice Chancellor Rhodes University - past CSHE Visiting Scholar
  • David Palfreyman – Director Oxford Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies New College Oxford University
  • Igor Chirikov – Vice Rector Higher School of Economics Moscow – SERU International Managing Director - past CSHE Visiting Scholar
  • Christine Musselin – Vice President for Research SciencesPo Paris

Registration for the New Nationalism and Universities Conference and the SERU Workshop is by invitation, and is free for invited CSHE guests. To note your interest in receiving an invitation proceed to the following page.

For further information on the program, contact John Aubrey Douglass (conference organizer):

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