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Volume 53, No. 4, November 2018
Reconceptualising system transitions in education for marginalised and vulnerable groups
Guest Editors: Paul Downes, Erna Nairz‐Wirth, Jim Anderson

Volume 53, No. 3, September 2018
Learner agency at the confluence between rights-based approaches and well-being
Guest Editor: Jean Gordon

Volume 53, No. 2 June 2018
Special Issue: Are Student Assessments Fit For Their Purposes?
Guest Editor: Janet Looney

Volume 53, No. 1. March 2018
Special Issue: Innovative approaches to Continuous Professional Development in Early Childhood Education and Care. A European perspective.
Guest Editors: Brecht Peleman, Bente Jensen and Jan Peeters

Volume 52, No. 4 December 2017
Special Issue: Education for people, prosperity and planet: Can we meet the sustainability challenges?
Guest Editor: Aaron Benavot

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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Student Mobility within the European Union (1994-1996)

Type of project/activity:

statistical survey and comparative analysis


The objectives were to establish a systematic statistical corpus on student mobility within the European Union and as exhaustive as possible a statistical analysis of the different types of student mobility within the EU.


The mobility of students plays a key role in developing the European dimension in higher education. In the early 1990s European integration gave rise to increased mobility among students supported by EU funded programmes: ERASMUS, LINGUA, COMETT and also TEMPUS directed towards higher education institutions in the Central and Eastern European countries. At the quantitative level there was a lack of information on the different types and quantities of student mobility. Hence a comparative statistical study.


The project was undertaken by the EIESP in collaboration with the Comité de Liaison des Conférences des Recteurs and a team of national consultants from all the Member States.

Main activities:

Firstly in 1994-95 data were collected from the then 12 Member States and in 1996 the study was extended to include the three new countries (Austria, Finland and Sweden). Data were collected on in-coming students to each country by a standardised set of categories in order to establish statistics on both stocks and flows, on new entrants, postgraduates, by gender and by country of origin. Data were gathered for both "spontaneous" mobility and for students mobile in the framework of EU programmes ("organised" mobility such as ERASMUS, COMETT) and covered the period from 1989 to 1984 (four academic years).

Name of programme, funder or client:

Directorate General XXII of the European Commission

Expected outcomes, reports/documents: Jean-Pierre Jallade, Jean Gordon and Noëlle Lebeau, Student Mobility within the European Union: a statistical analysis. Volume I: Synthesis report and Volume II: Database, May 1996. (available in English and French)

Both volumes are also disseminated on-line by the Directorate-General for Education and Culture of the European Commission

For more information, please contact

Jean Gordon