, increased autonomy
, appropriate governing structures and strong management and leadership capacities are key elements in order for universities to fulfil their multiple missions and respond to the current challenges in an increasingly complex and global environment. EUA’s work in these areas aims at developing and advocating common policies for European and national policymakers to provide the conditions and frameworks to establish strong, autonomous
, well funded and financially sustainable
universities. Diversification of missions and activities, financial strains caused by rising costs, new stakeholder demands, global competition and the global economic downturn all contribute to the increasing complexity of steering and managing universities. Work in this area supports universities in their efforts to improve governance and management structures in order to act more strategically and become more efficient and effective, in particular by identifying ways in which leaders can enhance their steering capacity.
EUA, involving member institutions and other relevant organisations active at European level, has undertaken a series of projects
in the area of governance, autonomy
and collected a broad set of comparable data. The analysis of this and best practice examples underpin EUA's policy positions
Individual universities are supported through the broad dissemination of the project results in a series of publications
and a variety of events
as well as through EUA's consultancy services
and Institutional Evaluation Programme
EUA’s work analyses each area individually but equally intends to demonstrate the links between governance, autonomy, costing/funding and accountability.
For more information, please follow the links above or contact
the Governance, Autonomy & Funding unit.