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4th EUA Funding Forum

Frameworks that empower, universities that deliver

The 2018 EUA Funding Forum will focus on discussion and exchange of experiences among university leaders and managers and policy-makers. Keep yourself updated about the latest trends in university funding and governance and enjoy a highly interactive event that will give you new insights and inspiration to take home.

Hosted by Ramon Llull University, Barcelona, Spain

18 - 19 October 2018

  • In the fourth edition of this biennial event, universities, public authorities and partners come together to exchange on the latest funding trends, opportunities and challenges of university funding. 

    This year’s Forum will both feature well-known popular formats and step up interaction among participants through a variety of new activities. Expert panels, in plenary, will frame the topics to introduce the discussion. Master classes will provide an up-to-date overview of most recent trends in higher education and research funding. In the Forum “expert rooms”, university leaders and managers and policy-makers will learn from peers. Participants will engage with each other in learning cafés and roundtables. The event, which philosophy can be summarised by “share and learn to grow and improve”, will focus on empowering institutions in financial and economic environments characterised by uncertainty and risk. Policy-makers will have the opportunity to explore reform mechanisms of interest. In a nutshell, the Forum will enrich the perspectives of both institutional leaders and policy-makers engaged in funding reforms and more broadly in change management.

    In particular, the Forum will be an opportunity to:

    • find out about the latest evolutions in public funding to universities across Europe and benchmark investment efforts thanks to EUA’s Public Funding Observatory
    • understand the ins and outs of the debate on efficiency and effectiveness  in university management, how much HEIs already do about it, and what policies can support their action;
    • upgrade your capacity to master and manage change as a university leader via exclusive training;
    • assess the stakes of the battle for the next generation of EU funding programmes, and prepare your institution in time;
    • meet among decision-makers to identify ingredients for successful reform design and implementation 
    • get new insights on how to develop partnerships that support your missions as an HEI;
    • learn how to communicate around the impact of your HEI on its environment.


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  • About the host

    About Ramon Llull University

    LaSalle3_copyright Pere Virgili_for webRamon Llull University (URL), created in 1991 and located in Barcelona, is a private, not-for-profit university, and promotes public service. Its main aim is to provide quality and personalised education to respond to society's needs.

    URL comprises 11 higher education and research institutions with a long tradition and a prestigious reputation in Catalonia: IQS, Blanquerna, La Salle, Faculty of Philosophy, ESADE, Pere Tarrés Faculty of Social Education and Social Work, School of Tourism and Hospitality Management Sant Ignasi, Ebro Observatory University Institute, Vidal i Barraquer Mental Health University Institute, Borja Institute of Bioethics and ESDi Higher School of Design (an affiliated centre). It is one of the most innovative teaching institutions in Catalonia and in Spain as a whole, promoting academic and research excellence.

    About Barcelona

    Barcelona is the capital and largest city of Catalonia with a population of 1.6 million and its urban area is home to around 4.7 million people. Located on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona is bounded by the rivers Llobregat and Besòs and by the Serra de Collserola mountain range.

    The city was founded by the Romans at the end of the 1st century BC. For over 200 years, Barcelona was under Muslim rule, and, following the Christian reconquest, it became a county of the Carolingian Empire. Some neighbourhoods and different emblematic buildings bear witness to these historical periods. After some centuries of decline, Barcelona experienced a renewal in the 20th century that culminated with world-famous art-nouveau and modernist buildings, such as La Sagrada Família. The city hosted the 1992 Olympic Games, which transformed Barcelona as a great metropolis. It is nowadays one of the most popular city destinations in the world and, according to some rankings, it offers one of Europe’s most appealing environments in which to live and study.

    Wherever you are in Barcelona, there is always something to do and visit nearby: discover the architecture of Gaudí, Domènech i Montaner and Puig i Cadafalch; sunbathe in the harbour around Port Vell; listen to the opera in the majestic Gran Teatre del Liceu; enjoy a football match in FC Barcelona Stadium; taste the Catalan cuisine and savour the renowned Catalan wines, or book a free guided tour to discover the amazing history of the city. Moreover, Barcelona offers a wide range of public transport options, so you can get anywhere in the city easily and conveniently.

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