Call for Proposals

CHER 32nd Annual Conference

The 32nd annual CHER-Conference will take place from 28 August to 30 August, 2019 at the University of Kassel and will be organized by the International Centre for Higher Education Research Kassel in Germany. The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Theories and Methods in Higher Education Research’. The field of higher education research is growing and increasingly relying on various disciplinary and interdisciplinary theoretical approaches and advanced methods to explain higher education outcomes and policy issues. In the recent years, there has been an increased tendency towards using more and more theories and advanced methods in higher education research. Application of theory and advanced qualitative and quantitative methods in higher education research is also significant to establish the potential and innovation of higher education research and to address methodological challenges as associated with international comparative research, diversity of student body, policy implementation and evaluation, secondary data usage and analyses.

Taking into account these recent developments and challenges, this year’s CHER conference pursues two aims: First, to critically discuss theories and methods employed in higher education research. Second, to discuss the relevance of recent theoretical and methodological developments in other scientific disciplines and interdisciplinary research areas for higher education research. The abstracts can either focus on theories and methods or the nexus of theories and methods. All three perspectives are equally important for scientific innovation and sustainable progress in the interdisciplinary field of higher education research.

Call for Proposals for download (pdf.)

Submitting Proposals
Please submit your abstracts by email to by 28th February, 2019. The abstracts should not exceed 500 words. The conference also includes a poster session for preliminary studies, works in progress, or early stage research projects. Abstracts for the poster session are also welcome. All abstracts will be reviewed and applicants will receive a notification of acceptance by 31st March, 2019. The deadline for the Early Bird Registration is 15th May, 2019.

Important Deadlines
Abstract Submission:                  28th February, 2019
Notification of Acceptance:        31st March, 2019
Early Bird Registration:               15th May, 2019
Best Doctoral Paper Award:       30th June, 2019
Full paper for publication:          31st July, 2019

Research Workshop on Greater Bay Area Integration – Universities and Industry Collaboration


A Research Workshop on Greater Bay Area Integration – Universities and Industry Collaboration was held on 20 June 2018 in the University of Hong Kong, hosted by CHERA, Wah Ching Centre of Research on Education in China, and Centre for Educational Leadership. The objective is to raise ideas and establish a database on the influence of universities towards the Greater Bay Area Initiative on universities and industry collaboration. Invited speakers from Southern University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen, Guangzhou University, the University of Hong Kong and the Education University of Hong Kong shared their valuable ideas and insights with the participants.

The topics presented include: Reflections on higher education collaboration with advanced manufacturing enterprises in the Greater Bay Area joint programs and talent flow and sharing mechanism, regional and intercollegiate cooperation in the Greater Bay Area: the case of Southern University of Science and Technology, Research on cooperation between higher education and high-tech industry in the Greater Bay Area, opportunity for training global school leaders, internationalization and knowledge capital: role of Hong Kong academic and world-class universities, the future development of higher education cooperation in Greater Bay Area, and cross-border mobility of university students.