“Expert Voices” is an online platform featuring original commentary and analysis on the higher education and research sector in Europe. It offers EUA experts, members and partners the opportunity to share their expertise and perspectives in an interactive and flexible exchange on key topics in the field.
All views expressed in these articles are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of EUA.
13 Dec 2022
Universities, the energy crisis and the cost-cutting trap [Op-ed]
With multi-fold increases in energy bills being felt across Europe, is this one crisis too many for universities? For University World News, EUA’s Enora Bennetot Pruvot and ACA’s Veronika Kupriyanova explore the impact of the energy crisis on the sector and the support needed to maintain the quality of research and teaching.
27 Oct 2022
European Universities Initiative demands system-level reforms [Op-ed]
If we want universities to make a leap in transnational cooperation, policymakers must take their own leap in implementing reforms that work towards creating the necessary framework conditions. In Research Europe, Anna-Lena Claeys-Kulik and Enora Bennetot Pruvot elaborate on EUA’s latest findings on the European Universities Initiative.
21 Apr 2022
Public funding of universities in Europe: challenges and tensions
Higher education systems across Europe currently use a variety of funding instruments, with increasing levels of complexity evident. This piece highlights some of the main issues involved, as described in the EUA study “Allocating core public funding to universities in Europe: state of play & principles”.
13 Oct 2021
NextGenerationEU: making the most of opportunities for universities
What does NextGenerationEU mean for the university sector? Funding expert Enora Bennetot Pruvot outlines investment and reform opportunities, highlighting that the national recovery and resilience plans are a unique chance to generate additional firepower for better financial and regulatory frameworks.
14 Apr 2021
EU recovery funds - a window of opportunity for universities
The EU recovery plan offers an immediate chance to invest in education and research as we approach the economic fallout of the Covid-19 crisis. This article, informed by the latest EUA data on public funding to universities, argues that the impact can be buffered by learning from past mistakes and designing policies that are sustainable beyond the short term.
23 Mar 2021
The emerging governance of the European University Alliances: future-proof complexity?
As the European University Initiative nears its mid-term review, it is time to think seriously about how the alliances are governed. Complex setups must retain their fitness for purpose and benefit the university communities. In this article, EUA experts Thomas Estermann and Enora Bennetot Pruvot argue that the alliances must have the means to stay focused on collaboration – without being overburdened with multiple objectives.
20 Feb 2020