Towards a European University Register: The Research and Innovation DG launched a feasibility study in 2009 to create a European University Data Collection. This project (known as EUMIDA) aimed to build a complete census of European universities and included a pilot data collection with particular emphasis on those universities that are research-active. The final report was published in December 2010.
The dataset from the EUMIDA study can be downloaded as an Excel workbook. It contains data for each university such as the number of students, graduates, PhDs, international students, staff as well as information on the fields of education offered and whether or not the university is 'research-active'.
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It is planned that Eurostat will continuously perform this data collection starting in 2012.
EUMIDA European University Data Collection. No author.
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