Practices in timetabling in higher education institutions: A systematic review

R.A. Oude Vrielink (Corresponding Author), E.A. Jansen, E.W. Hans, J. van Hillegersberg

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The study of differences between timetabling research presented in conferences like PATAT or published in Annals of OR and commercial timetabling software used in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) is essential for the discussion about innovation in both higher education and in commerce. In the field of planning and scheduling, a lot of developments are made and it is important to recognise that these developments are of influence on HEIs through their use of timetabling software. A main objective of the work presented here is to provide up-to-date information about timetabling in HEIs and see to what extent they adopt and implement timetabling developments. This is crucial because of budgets of institutions being strictly limited and remaining resources like rooms having to be shared more and more. Developments in HEIs have caused planning processes in higher education to deal with more limitations than ever, while at the same time the demand towards flexibility and availability is increasing. This paper gives the results of a systematic literature review in which differences and similarities in theory and practice of timetabling in higher education are described and discussed. We looked at state-of-the-art timetabling research for HEIs, at innovations in the field of timetabling and at changing requirements in Higher Education. The aim of this paper is to motivate the discussion about both the differences and similarities and bring timetabling application development closer to educational requirements.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-160
JournalAnnals of operations research
Issue number1
Early online date27 Oct 2017
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2019
Event11th International Conference on the Practice and Theory of Automated Timetabling, PATAT 2016 - Udine, Italy
Duration: 23 Aug 201626 Aug 2016
Conference number: 11


  • Education logistics
  • Governance
  • Higher education
  • Timetabling
  • Timetabling algorithms


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