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DEFINE Final Event


Strategies for efficient funding of universities. Universities across Europe face today a challenging and complex financial situation, with traditional modes of funding being questioned and transformed.

Hosted by the Representation of the Free State of Bavaria to the European Union, Brussels, Belgium

23 September 2015

  • Universities across Europe face today a challenging and complex financial situation, with traditional modes of funding being questioned and transformed. Public sources in many countries are not as generous as they were in the past, not least due to the economic crisis, and often have become more demanding and competitive. 

    These developments pose a number of questions with regard to university funding and governance, one of the priority areas of the EU’s higher education modernisation agenda. 

    The efficiency of funding in terms of the capability to meet certain policy goals in a cost-effective way is becoming increasingly important. Across Europe, initiatives aiming at restructuring and rationalising the institutional landscape through performance-based funding, mergers and so-called excellence schemes are frequent. They are perceived as policy tools that can enhance funding efficiency in the university sector.

    With the EU-supported DEFINE project, EUA and its partners have mapped the use of these tools in Europe and also explored the impact on universities, their activities and the higher education system as a whole. The objective is to provide evidence and recommendations to policy makers, funders and university practitioners.

    The final publication “Designing strategies for efficient funding of universities in Europe”, which will be released at this event, comes in timely to inform the ongoing discussions at European and national levels about the need to reform the organisation and funding of universities. We would therefore like to take this opportunity to discuss strategies for efficient funding of universities in Europe together with representatives from the European Commission, the university community and other Brussels-based stakeholders.


    The event is kindly being hosted by the Representation of the Free State of Bavaria to the European Union in Brussels.

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    DEFINE is co-funded by the European Commission under the Lifelong Learning Programme (2012).

    Lifelong Learning Programme

    Project Partners

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    Copenhagen Business School  Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg logo  University of Oxford

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