Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 34 n° 19

Across Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 31 ottobre 2009

The European University Association (EUA) is pleased to announce that it is leading a project to develop a scorecard aimed at benchmarking university autonomy (on the national level) across Europe. The scorecard will be a major tool both at the national level and at the individual institutional level, serving as a reference for national governments wishing to benchmark their progress on governance reforms vis-à-vis other systems, whilst also helping to raise awareness among universities of the differences that exist in Europe. The scorecard will also help record trends and progress on a regular basis, thus effectively contributing to the consolidation of the European Higher Education Area by improving comparability and promoting modernisation of the sector.The starting point for the scorecard will be the findings of the forthcoming EUA Autonomy study, an in depth comparative study of university autonomy across 34 countries based on more than 30 different indicators and focussing on four main areas of institutional autonomy:
This study and the scorecard project will be officially launched in Brussels on the evening of the 30 November at a special event at the Swedish representation to the EU.  While it is generally accepted by universities and indeed many governments that increased autonomy  is necessary for universities to modernise and respond to new demands being placed on higher education, perceptions and terminology regarding institutional autonomy vary greatly in Europe. To compare systems reliably, more systematic mapping of universities’ autonomy and accountability through a set of common indicators is necessary.  Comparability is crucial as autonomy is often linked to concepts like institutional performance, excellence, quality and efficiency.
The European University Association, as the representative organisation of both the European universities and the national rectors’ conferences, is the main voice of the higher education community in Europe. EUA’s mission is to promote the development of a coherent system of European higher education and research.

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