The European University Landscape: A Micro Characterization Based on Evidence from the Aquameth Project

Cinzia Daraio, Andrea Bonaccorsi, Aldo Geuna, Benedetto Lepori, Laurent Bach, Peter Bogetoft, Margarida F. Cardoso, Elena Castro-Martinez, Gustavo Crespi, Ignacio Fernandez de Lucio, Harold Fried, Adela Garcia-Aracil, Annamaria Inzelt, Ben Jongbloed, Gerhard Kempkes, Patrick Llerena, Mireille Matt, Maria Olivares, Carsten Pohl, Tarmo RatyMaria J. Rosa, Claudia S. Sarrico, Leopold Simar, Stig Slipersaeter, Pedro N. Teixeira, Philippe Vanden Eeckhaut

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This paper provides a new and systematic characterization of 488 universities, from 11 European countries: Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and UK. Using micro indicators built on the integrated Aquameth database, we characterize the European university landscape according to the following dimensions: history/foundation of university, dynamics of growth, specialization pattern, subject mix, funding composition, offer profile and productivity.
Original languageEnglish
JournalResearch Policy
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)148-164
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2011


  • Universities
  • Size
  • Growth
  • Productivity
  • Specialization
  • Differentiation

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