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About us

The Centre for Education Research (CER) is established at Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), Manipal, India to promote research on education which is at the heart of development. It recognizes education as a determinant and a driver of social, economic and intellectual transformation of the nation and its positioning within the global knowledge society.

Research on education – both school and tertiary levels – has been in progress in Manipal for a few years now. CER has now emerged as a common platform for continuation of these research projects with a team of young researchers guided by the experienced professors. Presently, research is being carried out in two clusters; School Education and Higher Education (HE).

Vision of CER
To be a Centre of excellence committed to quality, responsible and inclusive research in the field of education

Mission of CER
To be a preferred destination of researchers in the field of education with a multidisciplinary approach


  • To carry out quality research in education at both school education and higher education
  • To bring out research output that feeds into the policy making
  • To analyse existing policies and publish outcomes with added research output
  • To build research competences in education
  • To connect with other think tanks and other centres of education


The Centre is developed as per the vision of the former Vice Chancellor of MAHE, Dr H Vinod Bhat who is the Chief Mentor for this Centre. He is assisted by the following team members:

Clusters and Working groups


i) The School Education cluster

School Education cluster presently has an objective of continuing the three-year research project on Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL). MAHE has significantly contributed to research in the field of multilingual education being the Lead in the CLIL@India Erasmus+ Capacity Building project This project had three European partners and three Indian partners apart from MAHE.

Presently, two PhD projects are in progress on school education which focuses on bilingual teaching-learning methods including Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) in the Indian context.


ii) The Higher Education cluster

Higher Education (HE) cluster focuses on different aspects of higher education like access, equity, governance, quality assurance, economics of education, sociology of education, policies on education and internationalization of higher education. A major project on internationalization of higher education and Bologna Process was completed recently funded by the Jean Monnet program of the European Union

Presently, four PhD projects are at different stages of progress under this cluster

  • Decision making of internationalization of higher education (IHE) in universities in India and Europe
  • Cross-border Higher Education and Global Citizenship Education
  • Cross-border Higher Education in the Populist Political Climate
  • Global Dimensions of Higher Education Regionalism


Though, CER intends to focus on different aspects of education research, presently, it is focused on international education and towards this, wishes to present an archive of information about Internationalization of Higher Education (IHE).

The objective of this archiving of research data related to IHE is to encourage research in the field of IHE by providing in one place all basic information about who are the researchers in IHE, where are they publishing, what kind of books are available and what organizations are working in this field to connect etc.

It may please be noted that it is only an attempt to compile information pertaining to international higher education.

Researchers in IHE                                                          Click here to download

Books on IHE                                                                   Click here to download

Research articles on IHE                                                 Click here to download

Organizations/Associations/research centres in IHE   Click here to download

International scholar Mobility data                                Click here to download

IHE in COVID-19 time                                                    Click here to download

The information is further classified for advanced researchers. The sections below provide links for books, book chapters and journal articles published in each of the different facets of international higher education.

The aspects of national imperatives, consular issues and immigration policies have become far more prominent than ever before. The attempts to internationalize university campuses are being met with the rise in nationalist forces which tend to question the need and motivations of international engagements of the higher education systems.
While scholars examine the nuances of knowledge diplomacy, it is significant to understand the direction of knowledge transfer amidst the global changes. The role played by state in higher education, multiple actors as well as international organizations is equally pertinent to the scope of international higher education. This section attempts to compile resources pertaining to how different nations have approached international higher education and the underlying global dimensions.


In the past two decades, internationalization of higher education has been prioritized by higher education institutions. While some universities internationalize out of choice, some do out of compulsion. The rationales to internationalize the university campuses are multi-dimensional in nature. This section provides resources which trace the advent of international higher education, trends in international higher education, models/theories in international higher education among other conceptual contributions.


Pathways to Internationalization of Higher Education



Nowadays, the focus of universities goes beyond the outgoing mobility of students and staff to partner universities, but rather equipping their universities with the required facilities and infrastructure in order to enhance the attractiveness and competitiveness of their campuses. The on-campus and off-campus facilities for students and staff are a matter of pride for higher education institutions. This section provides resources on the measures and efforts undertaken by different higher education institutions in internationalizing their university campuses.


There is a plethora of activities which universities engage to promote internationalization of higher education. This section brings together resources focused on study abroad programs, international collaborations, foreign language training, international and intercultural competences and other facets of internationalization abroad.



The universities across the world are devising their strategies in order to widen their international engagement. The approaches undertaken by higher education institutions could be distinct to the institutional and contextual realities in the region. This section puts together case studies and measures undertaken by different actors in the higher education milieu to internationalize higher education systems.



International student and staff mobility are important dimensions of higher education. The trends of student and staff movement vary across countries, owing to different reasons. The motivations for student mobility could be many but one. This section provides resources on trends in student and staff mobility, distinctions of physical and virtual mobility and challenges/opportunities to international student and staff mobility.


The universities tend to not only engage in internationalization abroad activities but also emphasize on internationalizing curriculum. The higher education institutions recognize the need to equip students with the required values and skill sets to face the 21st century. This section combines resources focused on processes and frameworks for internationalizing curriculum, how student learning outcomes could be prioritized and how international dimension could be embedded in the curriculum designs of the study programs.


There seems to be a considerable drive to seek international education among students, an international experience by faculty members and international projects by higher education institutions. But it is important to examine how many students or faculty members actually get to take up an international academic endeavour. This section provides resources aimed at diversity in university campuses, efforts by universities and states to enhance diversity as well as measures aimed at making international education accessible and inclusive in nature.


The Erasmus mobility visits and the full bright fellowships are some of the known fellowships. There is a pool of other platforms such as DAAD, Campus France, Nordic Council, Study in Sweden portals among others, which have been doing exceptional work to promote international student mobility. This section compiles resources on student experiences with regard to international education.


The uncertainty and complexity in international higher education cannot be denied. The international higher education has gone beyond the scope of just scholar mobility. In the past few years, we also observe the movement of programs and providers; there has been an evident rise in branch campuses, twinning programs, franchises to name a few. Amidst these complexities, the universities taking up international activities need to ensure that the quality of education imparted is maintained at all times. This section compiles resources on the rising barriers in international education, the quality dimensions as well as the ethics guiding international education.


There are numerous documents published which are aimed at providing an anchor or framework for effective international education. The policy documents nationalist forces which question the need and motivations by UNESCO, OECD, DAAD are some of the many organizations working in higher education. Similarly, the policy research carried by different higher education institutes is of prime importance. This section attempts to compile policy statements, vision documents by different stakeholders in the field of higher education.

Enquiry / Suggestion form

Dear visitor,

CER is an evolving project and we welcome ideas and inputs concerning the resources which we have attempted to collate. As it is at a nascent stage, we invite your observations and suggestions on improving the quality of content and its presentation. If you think something is omitted in the first effort that is made here, please bring this to our attention and we would readily make required changes. Together let’s build this for the benefit of all researchers in IHE.

Contact Person : Ms Pranjali Kirloskar – Lecturer and Coordinator International Collaborations and CER, MCES


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