The Center for Public Policy Studies (CPPS) is an autonomous research unit of the University of Poznan, Poland. It was opened in 2002. Professor Marek Kwiek has been its Director from the very beginning.
It has been lavishly funded by successive 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. Polish research programs included the National Research Council (NCN), the Center for Research and Development (NCBR), the Foundation for Polish Science (FNP) and the Ministry of Science and Higher Education.
The total budget of the Center in the last decade was more than 2.3 million euro – awarded in national and international research grant competitions.
Since July 2012, the Center houses also UNESCO Chair in Institutional Research and Higher Education Policy, with Professor Kwiek as its Chairholder. The current agreement with UNESCO lasts until 2021.
In 2019, there were three large-scale externally-funded projects: EXCELLENCE (Dialogue Program), RESEARCH UNIVERSITIES (Dialogue Program) and FINANCIAL SUPPORT (NCBR), exceeding 1 million euro.
The Center’s major objective is to do advanced research in the area of quantitative studies of science, 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: quantitative studies of science, sociology of science, university management and governance, university funding, academic profession, higher education reforms (especially in Central and Eastern Europe), and scientiometrics.
The Center’s structure includes its Director (Professor Marek Kwiek) and Collaborating Scholars.
In 2019, there were 10 academics involved in ongoing research projects, mostly of the young generation.