The European University Association (EUA) has just published a major study on university autonomy in Europe: “University Autonomy in Europe II. The Scorecard.” The Autonomy Scorecard study provides a detailed and accurate picture of the current status of institutional autonomy in 26 different European countries. It offers a benchmarking tool, which ranks and rates countries, in form of scorecards on four main aspects of institutional autonomy: organizational, financial, staffing, and academic. The aim of the report is to generate a greater discussion in Europe and inform policy makers on the issues related to institutional autonomy and its possible impact on and relation to performance, funding, quality, access, and retention.
CEU’s Chief Executive Officer, Liviu Matei, has worked closely with EUA on various higher education projects since 2001, and served on the four-person expert team for the Autonomy Scorecard study. In addition, Liviu Matei recently participated in consultations organized by the Bologna Follow-Up Group to discuss recommendations to be made for the 2012 Ministerial Conference of the European Higher Education Area regarding how to link policy making and research in the area of higher education.