Public Funding Observatory

Keeping a close eye on public funding for Europe’s universities

EUA’s Public Funding Observatory captures the very latest trends impacting Europe’s universities and offers the most up-to-date information on dozens of different higher education systems across the continent. The data is laid out in a series of reports and this interactive online tool, which is updated annually and currently contains data from 34 systems.

EUA has been following the evolution of public funding to universities since the 2008 financial crisis. The study reveals that since then, the divide between higher education systems that increase public funding, and those that reduce investment, is getting wider. It also shows that while 2012 was the most difficult year in terms of cuts, any recovery that can now be detected is slow and fragile.

The monitoring is conducted in close cooperation with EUA’s collective members, the national rectors’ conferences, which regularly provide extensive funding data from their countries and report on trends developing within their national higher education systems. This continuous feedback fuels up-to-date reports, and highlights the evolution of public funding for the university sector across Europe.

LLP logoThe PFO online tool was originally set up with the support of the EU Lifelong Learning Programme through the DEFINE project (2012-2015). This webpage reflects the views only of EUA, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

Resources

  • University practitioners provide concrete recommendations for a simpler Horizon Europe

    News

    9 September 2018

    The road towards Horizon Europe reached a new milestone in September with discussions in the Europea...

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  • University associations jointly propose amendments to the Horizon Europe proposal

    News

    7 July 2018

    EUA and 12 other university associations presented a series of amendments to the draft proposal of t...

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  • Funding Forum 2018: Speakers preview

    News

    7 July 2018

    The university community will meet in Barcelona on 18-19 October to discuss the latest trends in fun...

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  • Governance, funding and mergers top the agenda of three USTREAM national policy dialogues

    News

    7 July 2018

    The USTREAM project has successfully completed a series of three national policy dialogue events, or...

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  • Regional Innovation Impact: EUA responds to Joint Research Centre report on assessment framework for universities

    News

    6 June 2018

    EUA welcomes the European Commission Joint Research Centre’s report on “A Regional Innovati...

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  • There is no better investment than the European Research, Innovation and Education programmes - Letter to President of the European Council, Donald Tusk

    News

    6 June 2018

    Dear President Tusk, As university leaders, every day we witness the positive impact of European su...

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  • EUA Public Funding Observatory 2017 - Country sheets

    Report

    3 March 2018

    The Public Funding Observatory 2017 report captures the very latest funding trends in Europe an...

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  • EUA Public Funding Observatory 2017

    Report

    3 March 2018

    The Public Funding Observatory 2017 report captures the very latest funding trends in Europe an...

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  • EUA Public Funding Observatory 2016

    Report

    10 October 2016

    The Public Funding Observatory 2016 data reveals that capital funding and investment in infrastructu...

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  • EUA Public Funding Observatory 2015

    Report

    11 November 2015

    The 2015 edition records worrying signals from Northern Europe, a region that has so far kept up inv...

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  • EUA Public Funding Observatory 2014

    Report

    10 October 2014

    The observatory analyses both the evolution of funding over the last year (2013-2014) and longer-ter...

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  • EUA Public Funding Observatory 2013

    Report

    6 June 2013

    The report provides a new analysis of the pressures that many countries face in terms of funding for...

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