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Budapest Business School

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Budapest Business School
BGE
University of Applied Sciences
Future of Higher Education Research Centre
The BBS Future of Higher Education Research Centre (FHERC) examines the challenges and opportunities for the future of higher education. FHERC effectively supports the University's strategic goals in sustainability and in partnership with business, is committed to helping the academic community, the economic and corporate sectors to understand the challenges and opportunities for the future of higher education as a high-level research and knowledge-sharing workshop, for higher education actors, future students and society as a whole.


The FHERC team conducts topic-specific research with extensive involvement, domestic and international research collaborations and innovative methodologies, the results of which can be directly utilised within the higher education sector and have a positive impact on higher education institutions and the labour market. The mission of FHERC is to represent the high-level research capacities of the BBS towards the domestic and international academic community and to operate a high-quality research workshop in the field of higher education research.

Areas of activities
Research
  • The future of business training (2018-2022)
  • Horizon Scanning- exploring major trends in higher education
  • Examination of the master's degree portfolio of 30 top innovative universities
  • Student cheating and academic integrity (2017-2018)
Scientific achievements and social impact
  • High-level publications (2 years - 1 book, 1 international book chapter, 5 international articles, 4 Hungarian articles, 2 English conference papers, 10 conference presentations, 4 English and 2 Hungarian manuscripts)
  • HAS Award - The staff of FHERC won the 2019 Professional Award of the Subcommittee on Management and Organizational Sciences of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in the category of foreign journal articles. The article is about participatory research on the future of higher education and was published in the Journal of Futures Studies (Q2) last year.
  • In the framework of the Danish project 'European Universities - Critical Futures' (network of 18 European research centres 2019-2021), FHERC has joined a project examining the impact of COVID19 on higher education through country studies.
  • FHERC publishes scientific publications and research results so that they are available to anyone interested HERE.
  • The centre presents its scientific findings in an interesting and understandable way, including in the newly launched Horizon Scanning report series, which is available HERE, publishes summaries on higher education and runs a professional blog on the subject.
Dissemination activities (editing, guest-editing tasks, lectures and events)
CONTACT US
If you would like to know more about our team,

we recommend our own website.

If you would like to follow our research activities,

find us on Researchgate!

If you wish to read interesting research from the world of international higher education,

it is worth following our summaries.

If you would like to read more about research,

we recommend our professional blog for that!

Scientific publications and research results

are publicly available to anyone interested HERE.

If you wish to join us,

write to us at fherc@uni-bge.hu.

TOP Projects

Horizon Scanning Report Series

In 2020, FHERC launched a new series of Horizon Scanning reports that, based on academic and expert discourses, seek answers to the question of what trends can be identified for the future of higher education. The project, which is part of a longer National Research Development Innovation Office supported research (FK127972), has become extremely relevant due to the altered situation caused by the COVID19 pandemic. That is why FHERC constantly makes its reports publicly available to help the various stakeholders in the sector navigate today's changing higher education environment. The report series is available HERE.


Activities in detail

At the Future of Higher Education Research Centre, we examine the challenges and opportunities related to the future of higher education in both our ongoing and previous research. We are primarily interested in how the role and responsibilities of higher education are changing along with the ongoing economic, social and technological changes. As a responsible higher education institution, how to provide sustainable higher education training and knowledge to our students is extremely important to us.

As a high-level research and knowledge-sharing workshop, FHERC helps to identify challenges and opportunities for the future of higher education. Their results, scientific research and publications are useful for the academic community, the economic and corporate sectors, higher education actors, future students and society as a whole. The research focuses on the following areas:

The future of business training (2018-2022)

In one of our current researches, the focus of the research is future of business education, including the social role that business schools and business training institutions attach to themselves in the present, and the vision they convey in their communication. We analyse all that in an international comparison, so in addition to the domestic situation, we can also give a general overview of the leading business schools.

You can read more about the research HERE.

Horizon Scanning- exploring major trends in higher education

With exploratory research we would like to identify the most important challenges affecting the higher education sector and the institutional system, the related opinions, solutions, current trends that appear in the academic discourse about this. The research started in 2018, with the establishment of an international research team, and for the period between 2018 and 2022, and awarded with Young Researcher Scholarship by the National Research Development Innovation Office (FK127972).

You can read more about the research HERE.

Examination of the master's degree portfolio of 30 top innovative universities

In this research, we analysed the online profiles of more than 2,700 master’s degree courses at 30 universities that are regionally leading universities in the ranking of Reuters TOP Innovative Universities. Our research focused on STEM and economics courses, as well as MA programs developed with the mixing of those.

Student cheating and academic integrity (2017-2018)

The focus of an already completed study was on perceptions of student cheating. The Hungarian study, launched in 2017, was based on the analysis and modelling of interviews and sought views on the phenomenon, causes and consequences of student cheating among the two main groups concerned - teachers and students. You can read more about the publications published in connection with the research HERE.

In addition to continuous research, we also take an active role in dissemination. Among other things, we participated in a project called the “Global Essay Mills Survey” (GEMS), edited a special edition for Futures called Future of Higher Education, and also represented Budapest Business School as a section leader at the 19th World Congress of Sociology (ISA) in Toronto in 2018. The head of the centre, Zsuzsanna Géring (PhD), is a member of the board of the ISA RC07 Futures Research international research network. In 2018, the professional leader of FHERC, Gábor Király (PhD), received an expert analyst request from the EU Commission, within framework of which he prepared expert background material for the JRC of the European Union on the topic ‘Future of Higher Education – an entrepreneurship university concept in one focus. FHERC is active in domestic and international tenders. It regularly participates in conferences and organises them both inside and outside BBS.