18 June 2019 | Report

Efficiency, Effectiveness and Value for Money at Universities

A USTREAM report

By Thomas Estermann and Veronika Kupriyanova

Over the last decade, policy makers and universities in Europe have been paying greater attention to efficiency and effectiveness in a more demanding higher education context. This study has been published under the USTREAM (Universities for Strategic, Efficient and Autonomous Management) project in order to discuss the concept and practice of efficiency from a university perspective.


It delves into system, sector and institutional efforts to foster efficiency, effectiveness and value for money in all university settings including strategic governance, operational management and academic matters.

This study contains a series of key messages and recommendations for policy makers and institutional leaders on how to enhance efficiency, effectiveness and value for money of universities. These takeaways are supported by the USTREAM project findings and illustrated with several examples of good practice.

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