3# RISIS Policymakers Session: behind the excellence of US and EU universities

The 3rd RISIS Policymakers Session will take place on the 29th of May in an online format (2 pm – 4 pm)  due to the Covid-19 emergency. RISIS will focus on European and US scientific production, with a presentation of Benedetto Lepori, of Università della Svizzera italiana (USI).


A recent study titled “Scientific output scales with resources. A comparison of US and European universities” and published on PlosOne, is focused on the association between university incomes and international visibility. Researchers of USI (Università della Svizzera italiana)  in collaboration with the University of  Turin,  have revealed a strong relationship between university revenues and their volume of publications and citations.


Scientists mapped more than 3,000 Higher Education Institutions in the US and over 2,000 in Europe. Data derived from RISIS-ETER database and from  Integrated  Postsecondary  Education  Data System  for  the  US  (IPEDS),  as well as from CWTS Publication Database maintained by the  University of  Leiden.


The connection between citations and measures of resourcing as the output of international visibility is critical for policy evaluation purposes as performance-based allocation of resources represents a core element of the new ‘academic capitalism ‘paradigm.  


Sumathi Subramanian, DG Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, Policy Officer in the unit for Policy on Higher Education (European Commission), and Anne Corbet, from LSE Consulting will discuss it facing the topic Resource Allocation in Higher Education.






Policy brief | Issue #3