After the two reports on Funding for Excellence (December 2014) and University Mergers (April 2015) this is the last one in the series of Thematic Reports coming out of the EUA-led DEFINE project on Designing Strategies for Efficient Funding of Higher Education in Europe (2012-2015). It gives an overview of performance elements in public funding for universities in 28 systems across Europe and focuses in particular on funding formulae with output indicators (such as numbers of graduates) and performance contracts. It combines in a unique way system level data with case studies and assesses the opportunities, risks and limits of performance-based funding.
With this report EUA provides key recommendations to policy makers and public funders for the design and implementation of sustainable and efficient university funding systems. It also supports university leaders and managers in their strategic planning and internal funding allocation at institutional level and offers advice and good practice examples from across Europe. The complexity of funding systems and the diversity across Europe make comparisons challenging, but we hope that the overview provided in the report will help structuring the debate about funding reforms at European and national as well as institutional levels.
The report can be downloaded from the EUA website.