The European University Association (EUA) is organizing the EUA Funding Forum again this year. For some of the events you have to be a member but the online conference on September 22, 2020 on the topic "Leading and funding university transformation" is open to non-members.
The European University Association (EUA) represents more than 800 universities and national rectors’ conferences in 48 European countries. EUA plays a crucial role in the Bologna Process and in influencing EU policies on higher education, research and innovation. Through continuous interaction with a range of other European and international organisations, EUA ensures that the independent voice of European universities is heard.
This year, EUA brings the university community together online to discuss funding. The session on September 22, 2020 will address the burning issues in the field, focusing on the financial and economic impact of the Covid-19 crisis on the sector. As universities prepare for an academic year unlike any other before, the community must reflect collectively on the medium and long-term impact of a potential economic crisis. This is the focus of an EUA analysis released in May 2020.
The online event will also allow the community to engage in a dialogue with policymakers about funding university transformation, as well as perspectives for European funding to the sector as of next year.
Tuesday September 22, 2020
10.30-12.00 Plenary session: Funding university transformation in times of crisis
The crisis is affecting and will affect university finances differently depending on the income structure, according to the latest EUA report. Negative economic fallout will put pressure on public finances and the need for greater efficiencies may push public authorities to seek alternative forms of restructuring. Where do policymakers see potential for transformation and efficiency in the sector? What are possible ways in which the “funding mix” may evolve? Is there a greater role for competitive funding? How can funder organisations work together to generate synergies? The panellists will share their perspectives on the future collaboration with the university sector. The session will stimulate a dialogue between representatives of public authorities and other partner organisations with the university sector around the topics of funding and governance.
Abigail Ruth Freeman, Director of Science for Society at Science Foundation Ireland
Anita Lehikoinen, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Culture, Finland
Javier Roglá, Global Director Santander Universities, CEO Universia Holding, Spain
Pedro Teixeira, Director, CIPES – Centre of Research on Higher Education Policies, Portugal
14.00-15.30 Plenary session: The future of EU funding for education and research
European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Mariya Gabriel, will present the Commission’s plans for universities in the post-crisis period. EUA President Michael Murphy will then engage in a dialogue with key stakeholders in European higher education and research to discuss the sector’s views and engage in the conversation around the next Multiannual Financial Framework, Horizon Europe, Erasmus+ and the European University Initiative. This high-level dialogue will offer an opportunity for the sector to engage in the conversation around the next EU policy and programming phase and discuss experiences and visions for future EU policies in the area of higher education and research.
Pieter Duisenberg, President of the Association of Universities in the Netherlands
Christian Ehler, MEP, European Parliament
Mariya Gabriel, EU Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth
Michael Murphy, President of the European University Association
Liviu Matei, Provost and Professor of Higher Ed Policy, Central European University
Sessions on September 22, 2020 are free of charge and open to all interested participants upon registration.
Register for the morning session
Register for the afternoon session
For updates, please follow #EUAFundingForum on Twitter.
The next EUA Funding Forum will take place in the autumn of 2021 at the University of Belgrade in Serbia.