The Polish Academic Profession: What We Know, What We Do Not Know, and What We Would Like to Know – from a European Comparative Perspective

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Academic attitudes (and beliefs) and academic behaviors are explored: how Polish academics work, what they think (about their work)? Four major comparative themes are discussed: (1) Internationalization in research and research productivity (Polish “internationalists” vs. Polish “locals”), (2) University governance (a powerful Ivory Tower university model prevailing in Poland; Polishe universiites as a professorially coordinated “republic of scholars”). (3) The Polish research elite (highly productive academics: who they are, how they work?, and (4) Intergenerational patterns of academic work – Polish academics under 40 - What we know, what we do not know, and what we would like to know – about each theme. Within each theme – the data are examined in the context of 10 Western European comparator countries: Austria, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Switzerland, and the UK.




Polish higher education, Polish academics, academic profession, Polish academic profession, internationalization, research performance, research productivity, publication productivity, research elite, highly productive academics, high research performance, research performance, young academics, academics under 40, Polish universities, European universities, international cooperation, international collaboration, intergenerational patterns, publishing patterns, university governance, Humboldtian model, Ivory Tower, academic collegiality, non-performers, non-publishers, European non-publishers, EUROAC project, CAP project, CAP dataset, university reforms, higher education reforms


Keynote Speech, International Conference: Economic Challenges for Higher Education in Central and Eastern Europe”, Cracow University of Economics, Cracow, April 24, 2015



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Uniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu
Biblioteka Uniwersytetu im. Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu
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