In the run up to the EU's forthcoming round of budget negotiations, CEU's Provost Liviu Matei has moderated an online debate on the future of higher education and research funding.
Organized within the framework of the European University Funding Forum, other speakers were Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth; Christian Ehler, MEP, Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe rapporteur; Michael Murphy, President of the European University Association; and Pieter Duisenberg, President of the Association of Universities in the Netherlands.
Advancing a strong case for sufficiently funding universities in Europe, Commissioner Gabriel and MEP Ehler expressed their commitment to ensuring that this is addressed during current budget negotiations. Gabriel also announced that the Commission is to shortly publish new programmatic documents regarding the strategic direction for higher education and research within the European Union.
In closing, Matei noted that despite commitments by both the Commission and the European Parliament, an increase in HE & R budgets may be opposed by a group of national governments. Along with Murphy and Duisenberg, Matei appealed to universities to contact their MEPs and national government representatives directly to make the case for increased European funding.