The Center for Public Policy Studies (CPPS) is an autonomous research unit of the University of Poznan, Poland. It was opened in 2002 by the decision of its Rector Stanisław Lorenc.
Professor Marek Kwiek has been its Director from the very 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), the Foundation for Polish Science (FNP) and the Ministry of Science and Higher Education.
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 total budget of the Center in the last decade was about 1.5 million euros – awarded in national and international research grant competition.
In 2016/2017, externally-funded projects included MAESTRO and FLAGSHIP (NCN), USTAWA 2.0 and EXCELLENCE (Ministry), as well as MASTER (FNP).
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 large-scale international comparative 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 (Professor Marek Kwiek), Program Coordinator, and Collaborating Scholars.
In 2016/2017, there were 15 academics involved in ongoing research projects, mostly of the younger generation.