Policy Development

Reichert Consulting has been engaged in Policy Development for European, national and regional HE organisations, ministries and state agencies in more than 20 countries, helping them to

  • identify and leverage new opportunities offered by external competitive funding calls, new European and national funding instruments, and emerging institutional practice in other countries or regions
  • analyse new policy developments affecting universities and public research institutes in research, education and innovation and knowledge transfer and their institutional implications
  • develop strategic institutional responses to emerging policy developments
  • spread good practice across national and institutional boundaries

Examples of Topics include:

  • the role of universities in regional innovation ecosystems
  • career paths, hiring policies & procedures
  • research strategies and priorities
  • research assessment methodologies
  • institutional and regional governance
  • learning and teaching innovation
  • universities’ third mission
  • expanding and integrating LLL and executive education at universities
  • the implementation of curricular reforms (Bologna)

In her work for the European Commission or European organisations, Reichert conducted comparative analyses across a wide range of reform issues, such as the Bologna reforms, strategy development and capacity at universities, universities’ roles in knowledge regions or innovation ecosystems, institutional differentiation in higher education systems, or research policy and training. Her comparative analyses often constituted the crucial analytical input for the European University Association Conventions. Most recently, Reichert has contributed her expertise to the Commission’s new policy development on the European Research Area hubs and university transformation.

For national ministries, rectors conferences and science councils, Reichert analysed, e.g. the development of the national research system, methods of research performance assessment and their impact, institutional quality development, the role of continuing education at universities or new governance challenges. Since January 2016, Reichert has also been a member of the Austrian Science Council (Österreichischer Wissenschaftsrat ÖWR), which advises the Ministry of Higher Education and Science on developments and policy in the higher education sector.

Reichert’s higher education expertise has also extended beyond Europe in joint projects with other organisations, such as the German Academic Exchange (DAAD), focussing on global university alliances, joint quality assurance, joint degrees or mobility.

Policy mandates @

  • Academic Cooperation Association (ACA)
  • Academic and Professional Programs for the Americas (LASPAU)
  • Austrian Ministry of Education, Science, and Research
  • DAAD (German Academic Exchange)
  • European University Association (EUA)
  • European Commission: DG Education and Culture, DG Research, Joint Research Center – include policy study (2021) with picture of cover to click on as link to download
  • League of European Research Universities (LERU)
  • Slovak Ministry of Education and Rectors Conference
  • Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft
  • Romanian Ministry of Education and Research
  • Stadt Nürnberg
  • Stiftung Bremer Wertpapierbörse
  • Swiss State Secretariat for Education and Research (SBF)
  • Swiss Science and Technology Council (SWTR)