EUA will organise three focus groups with university practitioners during the first half of 2014 as part of the DEFINE project (“Designing strategies for efficient funding of higher education in Europe”). This EUA-led project analyses the impact of funding efficiency measures such as performance-based funding, mergers and concentration measures, as well as excellence schemes, on higher education institutions in Europe.
The call for expressions of interest invites experts from higher education institutions across Europe who are experienced in these topics to participate in the three focus groups (maximum 20 people in a group) each tackling one of these funding efficiency measures.
The first focus group (on performance-based funding) will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark (19-20 February 2014); the second (mergers and other concentration measures) in Helsinki, Finland (28-29 April 2014); and the third (excellence schemes) in Erlangen, Germany (11-12 June 2014).
Their purpose is to identify good practice, challenges and pitfalls, as well as the impact of these three measures on the management and the activities of higher education institutions. Furthermore, the groups will give participants the opportunity to:
The results will feed into the final project publication and will also be discussed and presented to the higher education funding community at the 2nd EUA Funding Forum in autumn 2014.
Expressions of interest to participate in the groups can be submitted to EUA via the application forms that are available on the DEFINE project website.
The DEFINE project is run by EUA in collaboration with CIPES, the Centre for Research in Higher Education Policies (Portugal), and the Universities of Oxford (UK), Aalto (Finland) and Erlangen-Nuremberg (Germany), and the Copenhagen Business School (Denmark). It is co-funded by the European Commission under the Lifelong Learning Programme (2012).