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Third Party Viewpoint

A third party viewpoint provides unique moment of support for taking a step back. The objective: on a specific topic, offer a highly skilled and critical viewpoint from a trusted third party. Within a few days, we perform an agile and non-intrusive analysis, allowing your institution to make a true leap forward in terms of performance diagnosis, while new perspectives are arising.

Long-term trends are taking place in the academic world. Albeit sometimes undesired, certain transformations must be successfully accomplished (remodelling of the institutional landscape, digital (r)evolution(s), ongoing reforms …), while a number of issues arise in a new form for its stakeholders. The positioning on the continuing education segment, the role of research in institutions or faculties, pedagogical management and the development of innovation are among the examples. The operational management is often extremely time and energy consuming, preventing leaders from taking a step back to fully understand the new stakes. 


The offer of a third party viewpoint is PAXTER’s expertise within reach, condensed into small projects. It is suited for the management team of any faculties, universities, schools or research institutions. The modus operandi is always tailored, through mutual understanding and dialogue. You will be accompanied by PAXTER’s experts who have extensively experienced of responsibilities in the related fields (medical, engineering, management, …). Their sharp eye and hindsight allow them to provide you with an enlightened picture of the situation.

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Strategic consulting

How will the higher education systems around the world evolve in the next ten years? How will the ever-increasing higher education demand in countries combining strong demographic growth and economic development be managed, while in some rich countries the number of students will decrease? Which sustainable economic models will arise? How will the continuing education segment evolve? Will rankings keep the same normative function? How can a higher education ecosystem transform a territory? Which curriculum should be used in a specific programme? Each and every higher education institution finds itself at the crossroads of these questions, on the very tangible questions of pedagogical models, its financial equilibrium, the degrees it confers, its research or its international action, etc. In the fulfilment of its educative mission, each institution shapes mental structures and future skills for their students, along with all the responsibilities and hopes associated with this role. Paxter supports its clients in their questioning, by conducting an ever-unique strategic conversation, rooted in a systemic understanding of these issues. Building a well-reasoned ambition and making it possible to be fulfilled.
PAXTER supports you on seven key issues:


  • Quality benchmark and/or programme portfolio pricing
  • Improving the educational offer
  • Developing new curricula: opportunity analyses, feasibility studies, educational engineering and/or search for partnerships
  • Accreditation / Certification
  • Tuition fees and social equity policies
  • Recruitment strategies
  • Educational engineering for social inclusion
  • Entrepreneurship training
  • Strategic audit
  • Developing a strategic plan for a given period (5 years, 10 years…) and staff development
  • Educational and financial efficiency
  • Governance improvement
  • New financial streams
  • Review of legal statutes
  • Improvement of self-assessment and team assessment processes
  • Integration of communication into a strategic project
  • HR policies in academic institutions
  • Implementing national reforms
  • Education and research strategy for local communities
  • Establishing a new academic institution or campus-type group of institutions
  • Diversification of academic and/or research institutions
  • Due diligences
  • Mergers / Consortiums: opportunity study, process success, mediation, legal advice
  • Internationalisation of educational offer
  • Recruiting students from abroad
  • Establishing offshore campuses: project management, legal advice, partnerships, educational engineering, architectural planning
  • International strategies
  • Developing / Reviewing CSR actions in higher education and research
  • Continuing training strategy for employees (academic institutions or companies)
  • Promoting entrepreneurship in the academic world
  • Promoting partnerships between academic institutions and companies
  • Bringing companies into the initial and/or continuing education world
  • Creating a continuing education structure
  • Professionalization, work/study education, hybrid curricula
  • Funding Partnership
  • Organisational mediation: dual organisations, mergers, governance
  • Conflicts of interest: analysis and management
  • Ethical challenges
  • Consistency-based diagnosis and legal assistance
  • Trusted third party for delicate negotiations
  • Structuring a research policy
  • Optimizing research teams’ structure and organisation
  • HR’s research policies
  • Scientific partnerships: forms and contracts
  • Valorisation policies, transfer and entrepreneurship
  • Assisting in the search for funding
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PAXTER’s experts, individually or as a duo, will guide you to a more serene and balanced practice of your duties and responsibilities. They also help you navigate through crises or transition phases.
Leadership Coaching:

A leader’s ability to take a step back to see the big picture, despite the pressure, risks and dilemma that come with it, is an extremely valuable asset. It is both the token of their long-term professional success, and of their personal balance.

Induction accelerator and/or transition coaching:

The moment when an expert transitions to the role of a leader is highly sensitive. The new manager is faced with the impossibility of maintaining his or her expertise at the highest level, while at the same time experiencing new obligations, double binds, and conflicts for which they have not been prepared in their previous role.
More generally, taking on higher responsibilities requires suddenly conducting two opposing activities simultaneously : the uninterrupted management of current affairs and a long-term strategic vision.

Team coaching: 

When an organisation or a team faces a transition, a crisis or an open or underlying conflict, PAXTER’s experts will act as moderators, facilitators or mediators to channel creativity, (re)establish a dialogue and help foster solutions.

Teams can be defined in a broader sense, such as a Board of Directors or the Management/Board of Directors duo, in order to help them in their dialogue.

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PAXTER invests part of its time and expertise in the creation of original knowledge. Besides fuelling the teams’ competencies, this research is made available to higher education players, public authorities and the general public via our insights (News & Publications).

297, 5 M

The world’s student population in 2035, according to PAXTER’s forecast.

+ 239 %

The increase in Nigeria’s student population between 2017 and 2035, according to PAXTER’s forecast.

1 000 M$

The minimal increase in spending of Turkish households for Higher Education in 2024 compared to 2017, according to PAXTER’s estimates.

Overview of some PAXTER’s major fields of research:

  • Higher education and employability: studies of correlation, or lack thereof, between youth education attainment levels and their access to employment, based on international comparative studies.
  • Student demographics: modelling exploring the links between economic development and access to higher education. The aim is to predict the world’s total student population in the next 15 years, their distribution across disciplines as well as their families’ capacity to invest in their studies. This research covers 76 countries, representing over 90% of the world’s youth.
  • Efficient use of educational resources: development of quantitative methods to allow optimizing the usage of educational resources. An institution having already set its strategic priorities, the best resource mix on one hand, the most efficient way to use these on the other hand, will be defined to achieve its specific objectives.
  • Comparative studies of worldwide higher education systems, their access and regulations.