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European Tertiary Education Register

What is it?

The European Tertiary Education Register (ETER) is a database of higher education institutions (HEIs) in Europe, currently including 36 countries and 2,673 HEIs; 29 countries have provided a full set of data for 2,250 HEIs. ETER presents comparable information under headings such as numbers of staff and students, subject domains covered, research activity and expenditures.

Why is it being done?

Ministers in the European Higher Education Area committed themselves to making higher education systems easier to understand for the public, and especially for students and employers, especially by supporting the improvement of transparency tools to gather empirical evidence. The European Tertiary Education Register (ETER) is a principal tool for this as it will provide a wider range of comparable basic information on higher education institutions. It will be useful also for higher education institutions to compare their profiles with others (to identify research or educational partners, for example, or to spot opportunities for specialisation) and for policy makers who have to manage the higher education system as a whole.

What has been done?

The first results of ETER can be found on the ETER website.