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Hugo Horta, from The University of Hong Kong, has been appointed Chairperson of the Consortium, at the CHER Board of Governors’ meeting.

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Dr. Hugo Horta
Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong


Hugo Horta is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Education of the University of Hong Kong (working at HKU since September 2014). 

After completing his Ph.D in Management and Industrial Engineering at the Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), University of Lisbon, in 2007 (part of it performed in the Netherlands and in the US), and a postdoctoral spell in Tohoku University, Japan, he worked as Advisor to the Portuguese Secretary of State of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education, from 2010 to 2011. He also served as the Portuguese National delegate to the European Research Area Steering Committee on Human Resources and Mobility until 2014, chairing the ERA Working Group “Grant Portability”, which analyzed the possibility to establish a grant portability scheme among European countries.

Throughout this period, he authored and co-authored 90 publications in international peer-reviewed journals, such as Higher Education, Research in Higher Education, Management Science, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Science and Public Policy, Research Evaluation, Journal of Technology Transfer, Scientometrics, Minerva, and Studies in Higher Education among others, as well as chapters in edited books and specialized handbooks. 

His main topics of interest refer to academic research processes and outcomes (including research agendas and research productivity), academic immobility, mobility and knowledge dynamics, and career trajectories of PhD holders. He is currently Coordinating editor of Higher Education, a leading journal of higher education studies, and sits in the advisory/editorial boards of several international higher education (e.g., Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management) and science and technology journals (e.g., Research Evaluation). He is also the Chairperson of the Consortium of Higher Education Researchers (CHER) since 2022, after becoming member of the CHER board of directors in 2018.

More information can be found here: and here:

Eight volumes of this annual series have now been published by Emerald since 2013 (the first two as part of another series, International Perspectives on Higher Education Research).

The editors (Jeroen Huisman, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Malcolm Tight, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) are now seeking contributions for the next volume (to be published in 2022) and beyond. For further details, please visit

Call for Proposals: 32nd Annual Conference – Promoting Closer Relations and Scholarly Dialogues Between European and Asian Higher Education Research.

Please visit for accessing the Call for Proposals and other information of this year’s conference.

To watch the webinar click here.

As you know, the CHER meeting in Rijeka had to be postponed for next year. However, the Board considered that it would be important to have a moment for the “CHER Family” to meet, even if online, and to discuss the impacts of the pandemic in higher education.

Hence, we have organised a Panel with colleagues that have been collecting data about the impact of the pandemic in different dimensions of higher education in different countries.

The panel is scheduled for the 4th of September at 14h00 (CET) and the programme is the following:

  • Gaële Goastellec (U. Lausanne and Chair of CHER) - Coordinator
  • Richard Watermeyer (U. Bristol) - Impact in Students
  • Maria Yudkevich (HSE - Moscow) - Impact in Academics and Academic Careers
  • Cláudia Sarrico (CIPES, U. Lisbon, and OECD) - Impact in Research and in Researchers

The participants’ short bios are available here.

The idea would be to have an initial round of short interventions (ca. 10 min), followed by discussion with participants. The session is expected to last for around 1h30, though we can go a bit beyond that, if necessary.

In case you are unable to participate in the live session, we are planning to record the session and to make it available for all members.

Looking forward to see you all in the session!

Pedro Teixeira and Gaële Goastellec

According to U-Multirank’s latest data some 60% of universities reported online learning provisions in their strategic planning prior to COVID-19, while only one third appeared to provide full online courses in some form.

The capacity of universities to replace the provision of traditional on-campus ‘face-to face’ educational programmes with online provision has proved to be a key strategic response to COVID-19.


To read the full document click here.