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The European university landscape: A micro characterization based on evidence from the Aquameth project


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


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.

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  • Daraio, Cinzia & Bonaccorsi, Andrea & Geuna, Aldo & Lepori, Benedetto & Bach, Laurent & Bogetoft, Peter & F. Cardoso, Margarida & Castro-Martinez, Elena & Crespi, Gustavo & de Lucio, Ignacio Fernandez, 2011. "The European university landscape: A micro characterization based on evidence from the Aquameth project," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 40(1), pages 148-164, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:respol:v:40:y:2011:i:1:p:148-164

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