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CGHE: A new giant in research on global higher education

This month saw the official launch of the Centre for Global Higher Education (CGHE), a new partnership between three UK and seven international universities. The project unites the University College London Institute of Education with Lancaster University and the University of Sheffield, with backing worth more than EUR 7.7 million (GBP 6 million) from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). The other founders are Australian National University (Australia), Dublin Institute of Technology (Ireland), Hiroshima University (Japan), Leiden University (Netherlands), Lingnan University (Hong Kong), Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China) and University of Cape Town (South Africa). 
Based at UCL, London, United Kingdom, and led by professor of international higher education at the UCL Institute of Education Simon Marginson, CGHE is the largest research centre in the world dedicated to higher education and its future development. During the five-year work programme running from 2016 to 2020, the centre will focus on basic and applied research within three distinct research programmes focused on the global, national and local levels: globalisation, UK higher education and the public contributions of HEIs; socio-economic implications of high participation in higher education; and institutions, people and learning in local/global higher education settings. A core ambition of CGHE is to inform and shape higher education policy in the UK and worldwide. Centre for Global Higher Education (CGHE)