The Center is an autonomous research unit of Poznan University, Poland. It was opened in 2002 by the decision of its Rector Stanisław Lorenc. Professor Marek Kwiek has been its Director from the beginning. It has been funded by EU research programs (6th Framework Programme, 7th Framework Programme, Lifelong Learning Programme, Erasmus Thematic Network etc.), EEA Grants/Norway Grants, European Science Foundation (ESF), Ford and Rockefeller Foundations, OECD, UNESCO, as well as numerous Polish research programs, including grants from the National Research Council (NCN) and the Foundation for Polish Science (FNP). Since July 2012, following the Agreement between the AMU Rector Bronisław Marciniak and UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, the Center houses UNESCO Chair in Institutional Research and Higher Education Policy. Professor Kwiek is its Chairholder.
The Center’s major objective is to do advanced research in the area of higher education research and higher education policy, especially in cooperation with international partners and through international research projects. Its major areas of interest include: university management and governance, university funding, academic profession, academic entrepreneurialism, higher education reforms (especially in Central and Eastern Europe), higher education legislation, globalization and higher education, Europeanization, and public services/welfare state.
The Center’s structure includes its Director, Program Coordinator, and Collaborating Scholars.