I’m currently visiting the Center for Higher Education and Science Studies (CHESS) at the University of Zurich (UZH). Founded in 2014, the interdisciplinary center brings together fourteen scholars from business and economics, media research and journalism, pedagogy and educational research, history of economics and of education, social psychology, sociology, and public policy.
As the Mananing Director Bernhard Nievergelt states, the CHESS is a reaction to meet the new challenges for higher education governance that universities face due to changing institutional demands. It concentrates respective research efforts at UZH and facilitates exchange through talks and workshops. In the future, the center shall also provide academic training for students and practitioners. The CHESS is, thus, an important step towards etablishing science studies at European universities and part of the trend to professionalize higher education management. I’m grateful for the opportunity to visit the center and thank Katja Rost for supporting my stay.