“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.
08 Jul 2021
The green transition at universities: public procurement as a powerful tool
Higher education institutions in Europe are highly engaged in addressing environmental challenges through education, research and their own greening initiatives. However, sustainable procurement may be the game changer. As EUA’s Thomas Estermann writes, procurement has evolved from the lowest bidder principle to a holistic approach – and this could be the key to achieving ambitious environmental goals.
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.
18 Jan 2021
Behind the wheel: steering universities through transformation
In Europe, there is little provision of leadership development schemes in higher education. Given the pace and intensity of transformations in our societies and invariably in our universities, institutional leadership is a game-changer, even more so during the Covid-19 pandemic. The EU-funded NEWLEAD project focuses on enhancing the capacity of higher education institutions and their leaders to steer change and tackle the complex topics on the institutional transformation agenda.
23 Apr 2020
06 Sep 2019
University efficiency: What’s on the horizon for research managers?
Efficiency is an important topic for all research universities with great potential to liberate resources for R&D and innovation. EUA’s Thomas Estermann and Veronika Kupriyanova discuss the USTREAM project and the collective role that institutional actors and research managers should play in mobilising efficiency efforts.
07 Apr 2019
Enabling frameworks: What universities need in the age of open innovation
Innovation is increasingly important for universities – as it is for society. Universities are one of the strands of the so-called “triple helix”, providing impactful research to sustain competitiveness and develop their mission of service to society. While the basic assumption is right – universities are key to innovation – it is central to have framework conditions that are fit to support innovation. This article was first published on University World News.
18 Oct 2018
Finding opportunities in the push for efficiency
Thomas Estermann from the European University Association examines the university efficiency debate, explaining that behind the push to save money there is actually much more, including a silver lining. This editorial was first published on Times Higher Education on 17 October 2018.
18 Jan 2018
Europe needs more money for research, here’s where to get it
The lack of funding needed to achieve Europe’s widely advertised ambitions for global excellence in research and innovation should be addressed in discussing Horizon 2020’s successor. Understanding the challenge and where the money could realistically come from is key, writes Thomas Estermann. This article was first published on Euractiv on 18 January 2018.
07 Apr 2017
Why university autonomy matters more than ever
The implications of the political, economic and societal landscape in Europe are becoming ever more complex for Europe’s universities. The Old Continent faces prolonged financial and economic crises, the impact of new technologies on society and labour markets, rising populism, weakening solidarity and pressure on some of its most important values – all of which affect the ability of the higher education and research sectors in fulfilling their missions. This article was first published on University World News on 7 April 2017.