21 March 2019 | Report

EUA Public Funding Observatory Report 2018

Enora Bennetot Pruvot, Thomas Estermann, Valentina Lisi

The Public Funding Observatory Report 2018 offers the most up-to-date information on 33 different higher education systems across Europe.


EUA has been following the evolution of public funding to universities 2008 and the present report covers funding trends up until 2017, including a short-term outlook for 2018/19. It categorises countries into three different areas, namely systems with sustained growth in funding, systems with sustained funding decreases and those showing improvements.

EUA’s monitoring reveals that since the crisis, the divide between higher education systems that increase public funding, and those that reduce investment, is getting wider. It also shows that 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.

The Public Funding Observatory Report 2018 is complemented by a full update of the online interactive tool and individual country reports.

Methodological Note 2018

See also: Public Funding Observatory

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