Performance-Based Funding of Universities in Europe

  • Thomas Estermann
  • Anna-Lena Claeys-Kulik
Keywords: university, performance-based funding, efficiency, EUA, Europe


Performance-based funding of universities is often perceived as a useful tool by policy makers, both to increase the transparency of public spending by linking it to measurable indicators, as well as to incentivize and reward the achievement of certain policy goals. However, the analysis reveals that the expectations towards performance-based funding are often too high and that it should be used with caution due to the various effects that are difficult to control. 

Author Biographies

Thomas Estermann

Thomas Estermann is director for Governance, Funding and Public Policy Development at the European University Association in Brussels, Belgium. 

Anna-Lena Claeys-Kulik

Anna-Lena Claeys-Kulik is policy analyst & project manager at the European University Associa- tion, in Brussels, Belgium. 

How to Cite
Estermann, T., & Claeys-Kulik, A.-L. (2016). Performance-Based Funding of Universities in Europe. International Higher Education, (85), 31-33.