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Academic Profession in a Knowledge-Based Society

The project titled “Academic Profession in a Knowledge-Based Society” (APIKS) is a large-scale survey of academic staff employed in higher education and research institutions in Estonia. The study focuses on workplace environment, work satisfaction and the changes in the academic profession.

The Estonian survey is linked to the international APIKS consortium which enables comparing results with about 30 countries background results (incl. Germany, Japan, Finland, Russia, Lithuania). The Estonian survey complies with the standardised methodology employed by the international APIKS team. International APIKS has been designed as a longitudinal study that has taken place in the leading countries three times in a 10-year interval. In Estonia, the results are compatible with an academic staff survey conducted in 2012 (see Mägi et al. 2013).

APIKS Estonia involves both a scientific and applied dimension. Reliable and comparable data about Estonian academic context are essential to understand the strengths and weaknesses of academic environment and for developing higher education and research policy responses. Since the survey touches upon societal contribution, innovation, and international cooperation of Estonian academics, the study offers important background information on how the sector reacts to the changing work environment and the nature of academic profession.

The project was set up by the Estonian Research Council (ETAg) and by the Ministry of Education and Research. It is financed through the “Strengthening of Sectoral R&D” (or RITA) framework of the European Regional Development Fund.

The Estonian part of the project is carried out by the University of Tartu (Kristi Kõiv; Eneli Kindsiko) and by the think tank Praxis (Eve Mägi; Hanna-Stella Haaristo), and as an expert Maarja Beerkens from Leiden University.


  • Survey lasts from 17th April 2018 to 17th June 2018.
  • Duration of APIKS project is 2016-2019.
  • Participants will receive additional information and instructions via e-mail.

Additional information

  • Additional information can be found on Praxis website.




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Last updated: 18 April 2018