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Sound governance, competent and accountable management, transparent and coherent institutional quality processes are rising to the top of the work agenda of European university leaders today. They have to cope with the major challenges of change which higher education institutions across Europe are facing.

The European Commission in a recent communication identified the following as their three main challenges: world-class quality, improving governance, increasing and diversifying funding. Many of these challenges are the result of international developments which have an increasing impact on universities: Bologna reforms, the building of the European research and higher education area (EHEA and ERA), and increasing global competition. This needs special efforts in modernising the institutions and the way they are managed. Universities across Europe have to reflect on their role, develop strategies and review their delivery and management.

This publication contains the condensed results of an EUA project, partly supported by the European Commission, which started in 2003. It is designed to contribute to this process by enhancing and strengthening the professional leadership and management competence in European HE institutions, with particular regard to their European and international context and strategic goals.

Managing the University Community: Exploring Good Practice

edited by Bernadette Conraths and Annamaria Trusso

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