The aim of this report is to review theoretical and empirical material about the relationship between (a) European initiatives in higher education and more general European integration process and (b) national policy developments in the Western Balkan countries (WBC). The report roughly covers the period from late 80s (seen to be the beginning of the end of SFRY) until present day, though some references are made to developments before 80s, where necessary. The report focuses on three types of scholarly sources: (a) more general studies on European integration and Europeanization of public policy, predominantly belonging to comparative politics, policy analysis and international relations, (b) studies on European integration and Europeanization in higher education and (c) studies mapping higher education policy developments since the end of 90s and early 2010s until present day in the countries under study. The report ultimately provides an overview of identified knowledge gaps, discussion of a number of research challenges and suggestions on how to overcome them.
Keywords: Western Balkans, research, higher education, European integration