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Volume 52, No. 3 September 2017
Title: Participatory Design for (Built) Learning Environments
Guest Editors: Karen D. Könings and Susan McKenney

Volume 52, No. 2 June 2017
Title: The Influence of PISA on Education Policies
Guest Editors: Alain Michel and Xavier Pons

Volume 52, No.1 March 2017
Title : Higher education learning outcomes - transforming higher education ?
Guest Editors : Joakim Caspersen and Nicoline Frolich

Volume 51, No.4 December 2016
Title: Governance Dynamics in Complex Decentralised Education Systems
Guest Editors: Edith Hooge

Volume 51, No 3 September 2016
Title : Vocational Schooling and Social Exclusion in the Western Balkans
Guest Editors : Claire Gordon and Will Bartlett

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Remembering Asa Briggs (1921-2016), first Chair of the EIESP Board

Raymond Georis, Jean Gordon, Jean-Pierre Jallade, Hywel Jones, David Parkes

 

Asa Briggs, Lord Briggs of Lewes, who passed away on the 15th of March 2016 at the age of 94 was a remarkable man, a convinced European and a splendid historian who played a very significant role in the creation and development of the European Institute of Education and Social Policy. Following the establishment of the institute in 1974, by Raymond Georis, Secretary-General of the European Cultural Foundation, Lord Briggs served as Chair of the Board from 1975 to 1990 working closely with Lada Cerych, the first director. Furthermore he was a member of the Board of Governors of the European Cultural Foundation from 1986 till 1990. When he stood down as Chair of the Institute, HRH Princess Margriet of the Netherlands, President of the Foundation, appointed him member of Her Advisory Board.
This was a period of big, new ideas and innovative goals in European higher education. As Vice-Chancellor of Sussex University (1967-1976), Asa had strongly supported study abroad - it was one of the rare universities at the time where all students in the School of European Studies spent an academic year in another European university (while keeping their grants). In the early 1980s the EIESP played a strategic role in the launching of the European Commission programmes of student mobility having been responsible for designing and managing the Joint Study Programme which then became ERASMUS. The work undertaken during the early years of the institute was very significant in laying the foundations for comparative studies in European education, bringing a deeper understanding of higher education in Europe. Asa Briggs brought inspiration, enthusiasm and strong belief in the need for European higher education to cooperate at all levels. He encouraged the productive relationship developed between the Institute and the European Commission, and most especially he greatly appreciated the chance to meet the colleagues whom Lada had attracted to the Institute from Central and Eastern Europe.
Asa Briggs led a long, rich and varied life that included spending the 2nd World War years at Bletchley Park as a codebreaker; seminal research in the history of Victorian cities; leading the new and innovative University of Sussex in the 1960s and 1970s; writing the history of the BBC; and contributing to laying the foundations of cooperation in European higher education.
 


Lada Cerych, Hywel Jones, Raymond Georis, Asa Briggs