4th EUA Funding Forum

Frameworks that empower, universities that deliver

18 - 19 October 2018 Time: 09:00

The 2018 EUA Funding Forum focused on discussion and exchange of experiences among university leaders and managers and policy-makers. Keep yourself updated about the latest trends in university funding and governance and enjoy a highly interactive event that will give you new insights and inspiration to take home. 

4th EUA Funding ForumIn the fourth edition of this biennial event, universities, public authorities and partners came together to exchange on the latest funding trends, opportunities and challenges of university funding.

This year’s Forum  both featured well-known popular formats and step up interaction among participants through a variety of new activities. Expert panels, in plenary,  framed the topics to introduce the discussion. Master classes provided an up-to-date overview of most recent trends in higher education and research funding. In the Forum “expert rooms”, university leaders and managers and policy-makers learnt from peers. Participants engaged with each other in learning cafés and roundtables. The event, which philosophy can be summarised by “share and learn to grow and improve”, focused on empowering institutions in financial and economic environments characterised by uncertainty and risk. Policy-makers had the opportunity to explore reform mechanisms of interest. In a nutshell, the Forum enriched the perspectives of both institutional leaders and policy-makers engaged in funding reforms and more broadly in change management. 

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It is a pleasure for Ramon Llull University (URL) and for me as its Rector to host the 4th EUA Funding Forum in October 2018 and to welcome higher education representatives and leading stakeholders from all over Europe.

Ramon Llull University is a comprehensive private not-for-profit university created in 1991 that comprises 11 higher education and research institutions with a long tradition and a prestigious reputation in our country. At the time of its creation, the founder institutions chose a governance model based on the principles of federation.

With more than 19.000 students and over 2.000 staff, URL prepares future professionals using a comprehensive learning and teaching approach in small working groups and a close relationship between students and professors. This methodology allows not only to train professionals but also to help students to grow personally. Our commitment is to provide an all-embracing education, rooted in our identity and our shared values.

Our university project, committed to first-order scientific research and its internationalisation, is nowadays consolidated and over the last years, and through a persistent way, it has positioned our University in a remarkable place in the Catalan and Spanish university system.

As we had the opportunity to see in the last editions of the Forum, and as we can constantly see through the work of the EUA Public Funding Observatory, the funding of higher education and research institutions is a key topic of debate. This is important not only among universities, but also among governments and among the societies they represent. Therefore, we believe that strong support should be given to inclusive platforms like the Funding Forum that give the opportunity to establish productive debates and to share experiences and best practices among peers.

I would also like to invite all participants to enjoy Barcelona and its architectural heritage, its culture and its traditions, as well as its human wealth. We are doing everything within our reach to make sure that you will have a pleasant stay in Barcelona.

Finally, and on behalf of the EUA and on behalf of my university, I invite you to take part in this new forum of debate on university funding. Your knowledge, your experience, and your opinion are necessary.

Dr. Josep M. Garrell i Guiu
Rector, Ramon Llull University


About Ramon Llull University

Ramon Llull University (URL), created in 1991 and located in Barcelona, is a private, not-for-profit university, and promotes public service. Its main aim is to provide quality and personalised education to respond to society's needs.

URL comprises 11 higher education and research institutions with a long tradition and a prestigious reputation in Catalonia: IQS, Blanquerna, La Salle, Faculty of Philosophy, ESADE, Pere Tarrés Faculty of Social Education and Social Work, School of Tourism and Hospitality Management Sant Ignasi, Ebro Observatory University Institute, Vidal i Barraquer Mental Health University Institute, Borja Institute of Bioethics and ESDi Higher School of Design (an affiliated centre). It is one of the most innovative teaching institutions in Catalonia and in Spain as a whole, promoting academic and research excellence.

Photo © La Salle-URL


Join us in Barcelona to:

  • find out about the latest evolutions in public funding to universities across Europe and benchmark investment efforts thanks to EUA’s Public Funding Observatory;
  • understand the ins and outs of the debate on efficiency and effectiveness in university management,  USTREAM project (co-funded by the European Commission under the Erasmus+ programme through the Forward-Looking Cooperation Projects action);
  • learn more about new online opportunities created by USTREAM to support efficiency, effectiveness and value for money at the institutional and system level;
  • upgrade your capacity to master and manage change as a university leader via exclusive training;
  • assess the stakes of the battle for the next generation of EU funding programmes, and prepare your institution in time;
  • meet among decision-makers to identify ingredients for successful reform design and implementation 
  • get new insights on how to develop partnerships that support your missions as an HEI;
  • learn how to communicate around the impact of your HEI on its environment.

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  • Thursday 18 October 2018

    08.30 - 09.30
    09:30 - 10:00
    Opening session
    • Josep Garrell i Guiu, Rector, Ramon Llull University, Spain
    • José Manuel Pingarrón Carrazón, Secretary General of Universities, Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities
    • Rolf Tarrach, President, European University Association
    10:00 - 11:00
    Plenary session – Funding trends in Europe
    • Thomas Estermann, Director, Governance, Funding and Public Policy Development, European University Association

     Interviewed by Susanne Barta, journalist, Italy. View recording


    11.00 - 11.30
    Coffee break
    11:30 - 13:00
    Plenary session – Leaders’ panel: “Steering through the storm”
    • Mikuláš Bek, Rector, Masaryk University, Czech Republic
    • Francisco José Mora Más, Rector, Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain
    • Petra Wend, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Queen Margaret University, United Kingdom

    Moderated by Susanne Barta, journalist, Italy

    13:00 - 14:00
    Networking lunch
    14:00 - 15:30
    Master Classes

    1 - How to become a transformational leader?

    • Claudia Nuss, Owner of Best Expert for Strategy and Transformation (B.E.S.T.), Austria

    Moderated by Thomas Estermann, Director, Governance, Funding and Public Policy Development, European University Association

    2 - Economic impact studies of university activities

    Moderated by Pedro Teixeira, Director, CIPES/University of Porto, Portugal

    3 - Development of income-generating partnerships

    • Paul Fairburn, Director of Enterprise and Innovation, Coventry University, United Kingdom
    • Christian Vranek, Head of Culture Creates Values, Austria

    Moderated by Enora Bennetot Pruvot, Deputy Director, Governance, Funding and Public Policy Development, EUA

    4 - Designing an institutional efficiency strategy

    • Veronika Kupriyanova, Policy & Project Officer, Governance, Funding and Public Policy Development, EUA

      With additional contributions from:
    • Mark Rogers, Registrar of University College Dublin, Ireland
    • Jeroen Vanden Berghe, Chief Logistics Administrator of Ghent University, Belgium

    5- Research Master Class 1

    • Should employers be asked to fund Higher Education?
      Deirdre Lillis, Head of Computer Science, Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland and Board member of the Higher Education Authority in Ireland
    • Funding profiles across Spanish public university system: a regional analysis
      Carmen Perez-Esparrells, Associate Professor, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain
    • Assessing the Impact of Public Research Funding on Scientific Production – The Case Study of Individuals in Slovakia
      Alexandra Leskova, PhD. candidate, University of Economics in Bratislava, Slovakia
    • Impact of the funding formula on the system of higher education in Poland
      Jan Cieśliński, Professor, University of Bialystok, Poland
      Combining Government Budget Steering and Business-like
    • Financial Accounting and Reporting on the University level - how to decide on financial performance?
      Soili Vasikainen, Ministry of Education and Culture, Finland
    • Internal funding and control instruments at German universities: empirical findings
      Felix Niggemann, Researcher, German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies

    Moderated by Julia Iwinska, Strategic Planning Director, Central European University, Hungary 


    15:30 - 16:00
    Coffee break
    16:00 - 17:00
    Learning café

    1 - Communicating the value of investment in higher education and research

    Moderated by Nicky Old, Director of Communications and External Relations, Universities UK

    2 - Public funding: all about performance?

    Moderated by Marita Hilliges, Secretary General, Association of Swedish Higher Education Institutions

    3 - Innovative financial management – a quest for new sources of income

    Moderated by Michael Murphy, President Emeritus, University College Cork, Ireland

    4 - The next generation of European funding for universities

    Moderated by Jurgen Rienks, Director International Strategy & Relations, Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU)

    17:00 - 18:00
    Plenary session: conclusions of the day
    • Marita Hilliges, Secretary General, Association of Swedish Higher Education Institutions
    • Michael Murphy, President Emeritus, University College Cork, Ireland
    • Nicky Old, Director of Communications and External Relations, Universities UK
    • Jurgen Rienks, Director International Strategy & Relations, VSNU

    Chaired by Rolf Tarrach, President of the European University Association

    20:00 - 22:00
  • Friday 19 October 2018

    09:00 - 10:00
    Plenary session – Efficient university management & efficient frameworks
    • Edeltraud Hanappi-Egger, Rector, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria
    • Philip Nolan, President, Maynooth University, Ireland

    Moderated by Liviu Matei, Provost, Central European University, Hungary

    10:00 - 11:30
    Plenary session – An efficient funding landscape: Aligning funders’ practices?
    • Yngve Foss, Special Adviser, Research Council of Norway
    • Jean-David Malo, Director Open Innovation & Open Science, European Commission
    • Francesca Maltauro, Head of the Erasmus+ team of the Higher Education Unit, Directorate General for Education and Culture, European Commission
    • Fredrik Persson-Lahusen, Research Coordinator, Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, Sweden (excused)

    Moderated by Thomas Estermann, Director, Governance, Funding and Public Policy Development, European University Association

    11:30 - 12:00
    Coffee break
    12:00 - 13:15
    Reform roundtables

    1 - Funding reform roundtable

    Facilitated by Stephen Hwang, Vice-Chancellor, Halmstad University, Sweden
    With contributions from Jovan Luzajic, Universities UK, and Kajetan Stransky-Can, Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research

    2 - Governance reform roundtable

    Facilitated by Esa Hämäläinen, Director of Administration, University of Helsinki, Finland
    With a contribution from Stanislav Lukac, MESA10, The Centre for Economic and Social Analyses, Slovakia

    3 - The next generation of European funding
    Facilitated by:

    • Andrea Bonaccorsi, former member of the European Commission Research, Innovation and Science Policy Experts High-level group and Director of Engineering Management Programme, University of Pisa, Italy
    • Lucyna Woźniak, member of the High-Level Group on maximising the impact of EU research and innovation programmes and Vice-Rector for Science and International Relations, Medical University of Łódź, Poland

    Research Master Class 2


    • Why the road to hell is paved with good intentions - the case of output-based research funding in Slovakia
      Renata Hall, Project Director and Senior Researcher, MESA10
    • The Centre for Economic and Social Analyses, Slovakia
      A Regional Innovation Impact Assessment Framework for universities
      Athina Karvounaraki, European Commission Joint Research Centre
    • Third-party funding - restraints and stimulation by organisational factors
      Alex Oberschelp, Senior Researcher, German center for higher education research and science studies
    • Collaboration instead of Collision: A Multirational Analysis of Fundraising Departments’ Organizational Challenges
      Aline Tanno, PhD student, University of St.Gallen, Switzerland
    • Catalyzing university transformation in publicly-funded HEIs: the SKOLKOVO group case-study
      Dara Melnyk, Researcher and Head of the Research Group, Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO, Russia

    Moderated by Pedro Teixeira, Director, CIPES/University of Porto, Portugal


    13:15 - 14:15
    Networking lunch
    14:15 - 15:45
    Expert Rooms

    1 - Financial instruments for universities

    Moderated by Michael Casey, Director Finance & Operations, Irish Universities Association

    2 - Efficiency-generating sector collaboration

    • Ben Calvert, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University of South Wales, United Kingdom
    • Suvi Nenonen Adjunct Professor, Tampere University of Technology, Finland

    Moderated by Veronika Kupriyanova, Policy & Project Officer, Governance, Funding and Public Policy Development, European University Association

    3 - Investing in students

    • Daphne Smeets, Director of Finance, the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU)
    • Katrina Koppel, Vice-President, European Students’ Union

    Moderated by Agnes Leyrer, Academic Cooperations Officer, Central European University, Hungary

    4 - New models to support campus decisions

    • Andrew Burgess, Director of Estates, Facilities & Commercial Services, Lancaster University, United Kingdom and former Chair of the Association of University Directors of Estates (AUDE)
    • Kaia Kask, Research Fellow in Finance, University of Tartu, Estonia
    • Malgorzata Rymarzak, Adjunct Professor, University of Gdansk, Poland

    Moderated by Alexandra den Heijer, Professor of Public Real Estate and Leader of the Campus Research Team, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands


    15:45 - 16:45
    Conclusions and closing session
    • Conclusions by Liviu Matei, Provost, Central European University, Hungary

      Closing guest speakers:
    • Maria Àngels Chacón i Feixas, Minister of Business and Knowledge, Catalonia represented by Francesc Xavier Grau Vidal, Secretary of University and Research
    • Manuel Heitor, Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education of Portugal
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