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University of Turku (UTU)
Research Unit for the Sociology of Education, RUSE

 Contact details
Contact personDr Päivi Kaipainen
StreetHämeenkatu 1 
Address 20014 - University of Turku (Finland) 
Phone+358 2 333 6682 
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 Organisation details
Employees (in Depart.)11-25 
Organisation TypeResearch Organisation 
 Research Focus

 Fields of activities:
» Sociology
» Education (incl. training, pedagogy, didactics)

 Brief description of your activity focus
Higher education, education policy, relations between education and labour market; productivity analyses of research and teaching

 Details about Expertise / Competences / Technologies
RUSE has a long history in empirical research with large statistical data e.g. concerning equality of educational

RUSE has also experience in large survey projects funded by the EU Framework Programmes: “The Flexible
Professional in the Knowledge Society: New Demands on Higher Education in Europe” (REFLEX, 2004-2007) and
“Higher Education and Graduate Employment in Europe” (CHEERS, 1998-2000) which have included partners from
11-15 countries dealing with competences of HE-graduates and their employment after graduation.

RUSE has also developed modes of analysis for evaluating research and teaching (productivity analyzes).

The latest interest is in developing digitalized learning solutions especially for non-mathematical subjects.
 Research Activities

 EU Framework Programme related activities:
» Changing role of knowledge throughout the economy
» Structural changes in the knowledge economy and society
» Socio-economic development trajectories
» Diversities and commonalities in Europe
» How indicators are used in policy
» Use of indicators and related approaches for the evaluation of research policies and programmes
» Research systems and research policies in Europe

 Project participation
Project #1
Project TypeFP6
Project TitleThe Flexible Professional in the Knowledge Society New Demands on Higher Education in Europe
Specific ThemeSpecific Targeted Research Project (STREP) Proposal; competences of graduates and their employment
Project websitehttp://www.fdewb.unimaas.nl/roa/reflex/
CoordinatorDr. Rolf van der Velden, Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA), University Maastricht
Project #2
Project TypeOther (International)
Project TitleHigher education and graduate employment in Europe
Specific ThemeFP 4 Targeted Socio-Economic Research (TSER); higher education graduate employment
Project websitehttp://www.uni-kassel.de/incher/cheers/index.ghk
CoordinatorUlrich Teichler, University of Kassel, Germany

 International and national projects beyond EU Framework Programme
Development of a cross national survey on companies recruitment practices, induction processes and training
for labour market entrants in selected countries.
Area of research: Vocational education.
Partners from Germany, Finland, Spain and UK.
Coordinated by Bundesinstitut für Berufsbildung (BIBB), Germany.

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