For the third time, universities, public authorities and partners came together to take stock of and discuss the latest funding trends, opportunities and challenges of the sector.
This Forum focused on the crucial issues of delivering value to society and efficient university management. At a time when public finances are under increased pressure, funding models for universities are being revised with the perspective of rationalising expenditure and generating greater added value and increase the efficiency of the sector. In many European countries, it is becoming highly relevant for the university sector to show and quantify its contribution to society, in social but also economic terms.
Some of the questions that kept participants busy:
How can efficiency strategies reinforce the university’s capacity to deliver on its core missions?
How can the contribution of universities to society be assessed, let alone measured?
Should universities communicate on their economic added value? And if so, how?
What are the expectations of funders and policy makers? What are successful policies to increase efficiency?
How to develop a productive dialogue at system level?
What is the future of European funding?
How can universities explore new partnerships and diversify their funding streams?
A biennial event, the Funding Forum is a unique, inclusive platform open to all higher education funding stakeholders – university leaders and managers, researchers, students, public authorities, public and private funders & partners.
Session 1: Institutional efficiency strategies
Session 2: Strategic positioning and research funding
Session 3: Efficiency through partnerships
Session 4: Regulatory frameworks: inhibiting or fostering efficiencies
Session 5: The campus as strategic asset – optimising real estate
Session 6: Data as strategic asset - making informed decisions to improve efficiency