EUA Report provides new data on public funding for universities
The European University Association (EUA) has published the findings of the 2017 Public Funding Observatory on its website, both in a report and as an online tool. The report provides up-to-date information on 34 different higher education systems.
The analysis reveals that since the 2008 financial crisis, the divide between higher education systems that increase public funding, and those that reduce investment, is getting wider. It also shows that while 2012 was the most difficult year in terms of cuts, any recovery that can now be detected is slow and fragile. 14 systems had higher funding in 2016 than in 2008, whereas 19 systems had lower levels of direct public funding in 2016 than in 2008.
According to the report, national funding cuts also make it more difficult for universities to compete successfully for EU grants, as can also bee seen from the low overall success rate in the EU Research Framework Programme, which has dropped to about 10%. The report therefore calls for more funding both at EU level to improve the efficiency of the Framework Programme, and at the national level to enable universities to remain competitive and attractive.
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