The Centre for Higher Education Studies (CHES) was established in 1991 by the transformation of the then Institute for Higher Education Development as a semi-budgetary organization of the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports (MEYS).
Since 1st January 2007, CHES has been operating in accordance with Act No. 341/2005 Coll. as a public research institution established by MEYS. Staff of today’s CHES has been involved in higher education research for over a quarter of a century.
CHES’ research work is focused on Czech higher education in general and on its development. In recent years, specific topics have been concerned with the quality of higher education and the use of European standards for quality evaluation (one of the important outputs of the Bologna Process), the role of universities in regional development, the diversification of higher education and professionally oriented studies, doctoral studies, distance learning, e-learning, and other new educational methods. Currently, CHES also focuses on higher education students and graduates (Graduate 2018, Eurograduate (2018-2020) and Eurostudent VII projects), problem of drop-out (SNOP project – Study Failure with Respect to Transition from Secondary School to University), and analyzes the cooperation of higher education institutions with industry/business, inequalities in access to higher education, and the preparation of future teachers.