At the beginning of 2017 the European Commision initiated an external study entitled Promoting the Relevance of Higher Education: Trends, Approaches and Policy levers. The objective of this research, being undertaken by a team lead by Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS) at the University of Twente, was to explore the design and effects of different government and sectoral policies designed to improve the relevance of higher education. This study should not be viewed as an evaluation of individual higher education systems or institutions. The sole purpose is to exchange information on policy approaches and to learn from these as an input for future policy cooperation in Europe.

TERI conducted a country case study in the Czech Republic based on the views of people involved in the design, implementation and analysis of policies and practices aimed to enhancing the relevance of higher education.




TERI conducted a country case study in the Czech Republic at the end of 2014. The case study was carried out within the framework of the pan-European study on dropout and completion in higher education (HEDOCE) assigned by the European Commission to Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS), the Netherlands, and The Nordic Institute for Studies in Innovation, Research and Education (NIFU) Two major deliverables of the study were:

  • A country comparative overview of the main policies and measures related to reducing dropout rates and increasing completion rates in each of the 36 countries covered by the study;
  • Eight national case studies analyzing the relationship between the national policies and measures in place and system performance.

Czech case study included a desk research (various documents on national as well as institutional level), expert interviews and focus groups with various stakeholders. On the national level, actors from the following institutions were approached: Ministry of Education, Accreditation Commission (at the same time acting as an external quality assurance agency), Higher Education Council and its Students Chamber, Czech Rectors’ Conference, Parliament and selected experts in the field of higher education.

Furthermore, two Czech public universities were selected in order to gain more insight into institutional policies on study success, and how national policies affect institutional behavior and policy implementation. Expert interviews and focus groups were conducted with the university and faculty management, student support units, teachers and students. Both of the institutions selected are medium-sized (10 000 to 25 000 students) with multiple faculties, offering study programs in a broad range of disciplines. One of them is located in Prague, the second, with a clear regional profile, is located in a smaller city.



TERI is a member of the Central European Higher Education Cooperation (CEHEC) project together with other partners from Central Europe.

The first event of the CEHES project is the conference on Main challenges to universities in Central and Eastern Europe held in Budapest 28th and 29th January 2015 organized by the Center of International Higher Education Studies (CIHES) at the Corvinus University of Budapest and the Central European University (CEU).

Aleš Vlk and Jiří Nantl have both their contributions at the conference.