Call for Papers


IMHE General Conference 2012


17-19 September 2012


The Call for Papers has closed

All contributors were informed of the decision concerning their paper between 27 February and 2 March 2012


General information




The biennial IMHE General Conference attracts around 500 policy-makers, institutional leaders and academic experts active in higher education. The 2012 conference will be held on 17-19 September in Paris.


Throughout the world, local, national and regional development policies emphasise the importance of higher education. There is considerable variation in the extent of participation, access and resourcing (financial and human), and different choices are being made about a wide range of issues, such as:

  • selectivity
  • regulation and quality assurance
  • system diversity
  • public/private investment
  • the balance of education and research

In much of the developed world, the issue of sustaining public funding for mass higher education system is reaching a critical point, as is the issue of replacing an ageing academic population. At the same time, in many rapidly growing economies, notably in Asia, investments in research and education are growing rapidly. Even for these countries, however, as for much of the rest of the developing world, major questions loom about quality, breadth of access, and the retention of academic capital.

Higher education institutions are expected to provide education and training relevant to labour market demands, conduct research activities that will build a knowledge-based economy, as well as contribute to social cohesion, regional development and global well-being. They must also strive constantly to fulfil their multiple missions, improve the quality of the education provided, increase their efficiency and demonstrate their contribution to society. The 2012 Conference will focus on the  challenges of attaining and sustaining mass higher education, in an increasingly competitive and international context.

The goal of the Conference will be to identify longer-term trends and will include analyses of national and institutional policies, case studies and the latest research from the OECD and elsewhere.

This call for papers invites proposals from policy-makers, institutional leaders and managers, as well as researchers, on topics relevant to the conference. Proposals may consider issues at the international, national, institutional, or sub-institutional level.

Themes covered may include:

  • The Globalisation of Higher Education
  • Funding & Financing
  • Quality & Accountability
  • System Management & Institutional Diversity
  • Exploiting Technology for Learning
  • The Academic Workforce

Submitting a proposal for this Conference represents a valuable opportunity, as the chosen papers are presented to a high level audience in the prestigious setting of the OECD headquarters in Paris. The most outstanding proposals will be considered for presentations in plenary sessions. A selection of papers will also be published in the IMHE journal, which is distributed widely through the OECD’s dissemination channels.

General Information 

  • The General Conference will comprise plenary sessions, including keynote speeches and round tables, as well as parallel sessions and a research forum.
  • Proposals will be reviewed by the General Conference organising committee.
  • Selected papers will be presented during plenary panel sessions, parallel group sessions or the research forum.
  • The Conference can accommodate up to 500 participants. Registration fees are, per person, 350€* for IMHE members and 900€ for IMHE non-members. The fee includes lunches, refreshments and all conference materials. *Those non-IMHE members selected as presenters also benefit from the IMHE member rate as specified above.
  • Everyone wishing to take part in the Conference must register.


Submitting a proposal - the call for papers has closed

We kindly ask that you follow the instructions carefully.

  • An abstract (150-250 words) with the completed online submission form (see below) should be submitted for review by the Organising Committee by 4 January 2012.  
  • Entries should be accompanied by a short biography.
  • Abstracts and papers must be submitted in English or in French.
  • The General Conference Organising Committee is responsible for selecting papers for presentation and for allocating them to a programme session.
  • Authors will receive notification of acceptance of their abstracts in the week of 27 February 2012.
  • Completed papers must be submitted to the IMHE Secretariat ([email protected]) by 13 April 2012.



  • Completed papers should not exceed 5 000 words and must have been reviewed by a native speaker of English or French.
  • Authors of papers selected for a parallel group session will be expected to make a presentation of their findings not exceeding 15 minutes. Following all presentations, there will be time for questions, answers and discussion. Authors of papers selected for a research forum will be expected to make a presentation of their findings not exceeding 10 minutes. 
  • Further information will be sent to those authors whose proposals are chosen.
  • All selected papers for which the author has agreed to the OECD Conditions for Acceptance will be considered for publication in the IMHE Higher Education Management and Policy journal. Authors whose papers are chosen for publication will be contacted by the Journal’s editor following a peer-review process. Those who have not been contacted within three months following the General Conference can assume their papers will not be published.


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