Centre for Educational Policy Studies
University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Education

Pavel Zgaga

Pavel Zgaga DPUPavel Zgaga is Professor of Philosophy of Education at the Faculty of Education, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. His primary research interest is in higher education studies. He has held several research grants and directed or contributed to a number of national and international research projects mainly focused on contemporary higher education issues, education policy and reforms in the contemporary European context and to teacher education as a specific field within higher education. In this areas he has published extensively. He is a member of the editorial boards for several international research journals. In his field of expertise, he has been also co-operating with international organisations, e.g. the Council of Europe, the European Commission, UNESCO, OECD, etc. and has been a consultant and invited speaker to a number of countries. – In the 1990s, during the period of social and political transition in Slovenia he was State Secretary for Higher Education (1992 – 1999) and Minister of Education and Sport (1999 – 2000). After his return to academe, he co-founded the Centre for Educational Policy Studies (CEPS, 2001) at the University of Ljubljana and has been its director until today. He also served as a Dean of Education Faculty (2002-2004). In the early years of the Bologna Process he was engaged as the general rapporteur (2001-2003) for the Berlin Conference, as a member of the Board of the Bologna Follow-up Group (2004-2005) and as the rapporteur of the BFUG Working Group on External Dimension of the Bologna Process (2006-2007). In 2006, he received the Slovenian National Prize for research in education. In 2007, he received honorary doctorate from University of Umeå, Sweden. In 2007 he also received the Golden Sign of the University of Ljubljana. In 2010, he was the founder and the first President of the Slovenian Educational Research Association (SLODRE) and took part as a member (2011–2017) in the Council of the European Educational Research Association (EERA). He is a member of the Consortium for Higher Education Research (CHER).


ZGAGA, Pavel, KLEMENČIČ, Manja (2015). Slovenia: the slow decline of academic inbreeding. In YUDKEVICH, Maria, ALTBACH, Philip G., RUMBLEY, Laura E. (eds.). Academic inbreeding and mobility in higher education: global perspectives. Palgrave studies in global higher education. Houndsmill; New York: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 156-181.

ZGAGA, Pavel (2015). The influence of the dynamics of higher education on the gender structure. In ANTIĆ, Milica G. (ed.). Gender structuring of contemporary Slovenia. Eastern European culture, politics and societies; ISSN 2192-497X, vol. 9. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, pp. 55-74.

ZGAGA, Pavel, TEICHLER, Ulrich and BRENNAN, John (eds.). The globalisation challenge for European Higher Education: Convergence and diversity, centres and peripheries. Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2013. 390 pp.

ZGAGA, Pavel, KLEMENČIČ, Manja, KOMLJENOVIČ, Janja, MIKLAVIČ, Klemen, REPAC, Igor and JAKAČIĆ, Vedran. Higher Education Reforms in the Western Balkans: Key findings from field research. Ljubljana: CEPS, 2013. 95 pp.

HUDSON, Brian (ed.), ZGAGA, Pavel (ed.), ÅSTRAND, Björn (ed.). Advancing quality cultures for teacher education in Europe : tensions and opportunities. Umeå: Umeå Universitet, 2010. 302 pp. ISBN 978-91-7459-042-5

HUDSON, Brian (ed.), ZGAGA, Pavel (ed.). Teacher education policy in Europe: a voice of higher education institutions. Umeå: Umeå Universitet, 2008. 412 pp. ISBN 978-91-7264-600-1

ZGAGA, Pavel. Higher education in transition. Reconsiderations on higher education in Europe at the turn of millennium. Umeå: Umeå Universitet, 2007. 149 pp. ISBN 978-91-7264-505-9.

ZGAGA, Pavel (ed.). The prospects of teacher education in South-east Europe. Ljubljana: University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Education 2006. 581 pp. ISBN 86-7735-098-5. ISBN 978-86-7735-098-7.

ZGAGA, Pavel (ed.). The prospects of teacher education in South-east Europe. Ljubljana: University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Education 2006. 581 pp. ISBN 86-7735-098-5. ISBN 978-86-7735-098-7.



ZGAGA, Pavel (2014). The role of higher education centres in research and policy. A case from a European periphery. Studies in higher education, ISSN 0307-5079, 2014, vol. 39, no. 8, pp. 1393-1404. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/03075079.2014.949547#.VB_H9Rveh9A, doi: 10.1080/03075079.2014.949547.

ZGAGA, Pavel. “Higher education research and higher education policy in South-East Europe”. European Journal of Higher Education, DOI: 10.1080/21568235.2013.819671. Vol. 3(3). August 2013, pp. 280-294.

ZGAGA, Pavel. “The Future of European Teacher Education in the Heavy Seas of Higher Education”. Teacher Development, DOI:10.1080/13664530.2013.813750. Vol. 17(3). August 2013, pp. 347-361.

ZGAGA, Pavel. The "Global Strategy" 2007 - 2011: the external attractiveness of the EHEA and its internal uneasiness. V: KWIEK, Marek, KURKIEWICZ, Andrzej (eds.). The modernisation of European universities: cross-national academic perspectives, (Higher education research and policy (HERP), 1). Frankfurt am Main (etc.): Peter Lang, cop. 2012, pp. 215-234.

ZGAGA, Pavel. University Autonomy and Governance: Between Academic Freedom and Institutional Autonomy. In:  Hans G. Schuetze, William Bruneau and Garnet Grosjean (EDS.). University Governance and Reform. Policy, Fads, and Experience in International Perspective Palgrave-Macmillan, 2012, pp. 215-234.

ZGAGA, Pavel. Reconsidering the EHEA Principles: Is there a ‘Bologna Philosophy’? In: Sir Peter Scott, Adrian Curaj, Lazăr Vlăsceanu, Lesley Wilson (Eds.). European Higher Education at the crossroads: between the Bologna Process and national reforms. Springer, 2012, pp. 17-38.

KOMLJENOVIČ, Janja, ZGAGA, Pavel. Quality assurance in Slovenian teacher education: between national regulation and internationalization. In: HARFORD, Judith, HUDSON, Brian, NIEMI, Hannele (eds.). Quality assurance and teacher education: international challenges and expectations, (Rethinking education, Vol. 6). Oxford: Peter Lang, 2012, pp. 187-202.

GABER, Slavko, TAŠNER, Veronika, ZGAGA, Pavel. Autonomy, bureaucracy, administrative burden and quality assurance in education in Slovenia. Bildung und Erziehung, sep. 2011, jg. 64, heft 3, pp. 259-274.

ZGAGA, Pavel, Miklavič, Klemen. Reforming Higher Education in “Transition”. Between National and International Reform Initiatives: The case of Slovenia. European Education, vol. 43, no. 3, Fall 2011, pp. 13-25.

ZGAGA, Pavel. The role of higher education in national development. South-Eastern Europe and reconstruction of the Western Balkans. In: The Europa World of Learning. 2011. 61st ed. London; New York: Routledge, 2010, pp. 19-24.

ZGAGA, Pavel. Between national higher education systems and internationalization: the case of teacher education in Europe. In: MACLEANS, A. Geo-JaJa (ed.) and MAJHANOVICH Suzanne (ed.), Education, Language, and Economics. Growing National and Global Dilemmas. Rotterdam/Boston: Sense Publishers, 2010, pp. 167-180.

ZGAGA, Pavel. La formation des enseignants dans les Balkans Occidentaux. Rev. int. éduc. Sèvres, 2010, no. 55, pp. 129-139.

ZGAGA, Pavel. Changing philosophy of education: social transition and challenges of the future. Case study from Slovenia. In: NOWAK-FABRYKOWSKI, Krystyna (ed.). Eastern Europe today. Education in transition. Deer Park, NY: Linus Publications, Inc., 2010, pp. 51-68.

ZGAGA, Pavel. The Bologna process and its role for transition countries. Rev. educ. super., 2009, vol. 38, no. 2, pp. 83-95.

ZGAGA, Pavel. Éducation: du cosmopolitisme au globalisme. Rev. int. éduc. Sèvres, décembre 2009, no. 52, pp. 39-50.

ZGAGA, Pavel. Higher education and citizenship: "the full range of purposes". European Educational Research Journal, 2009, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 175-188.

ZGAGA, Pavel. The emerging European higher education area and quality assurance: a push for bringing academic communities together?. International journalfor education law and policy, 2007, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 41-45.

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