Budget Allocation and Funding Strategies


Howard Newby, Frank Ziegele, Pedro Teixeira, Tatiana Koryakina, Lauritz B. Holm-Nielsen


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  • Budget Allocation – a Key Tool for Strategic Management

    Howard Newby

    In a world of very scarce resources there is an absolute imperative of linking budget allocations to strategic and operational planning. Budgets must always follow strategy rather than the reverse. Universities are, however, often constrained in the public sector by conditions placed upon the budgets they receive. While there is a slow movement towards funding via block grants, in the current financial climate this might easily be reversed. Internally budget allocations must be aligned with strategic priorities and there must be regular monitoring of performance and effectiveness. Budgeting is not just a technical exercise but has far wider implications for strategic management.

  • European Trends in Performance-Oriented Funding

    Frank Ziegele

    Within a decade a paradigm shift in the funding of European universities has taken place: autonomy, competition and performance criteria now take centre stage. The steering mechanisms of governments have shifted from regulatory interventions to financial incentive systems. Thus, higher education institutions have to come to grips with new public funding tools that could be characterised as “performance-oriented”. This article offers an overview on the three typical pillars of funding models (basic, performance-oriented and innovation-/profile-oriented). In addition, this article considers five trends concerning the orientation of funding models in Europe. Finally, practical consequences are indicated, especially in the area of performance contracting.

  • Funding Diversification in the EHEA – Patterns, Challenges and Risks

    Pedro Teixeira, Tatiana Koryakina

    This article examines the current financial context in European higher education, namely the changing perceptions about the reliance of higher education institutions on public funding and the increased attention to revenue diversification. The article starts by identifying the main forces that have been stimulating a growing awareness about financial diversification. Then, it presents an overview of current patterns of revenue diversification and outlines the main risks and opportunities presented by this increasing institutional commitment to financial diversification.

  • Research Fundraising Strategies

    Lauritz B. Holm-Nielsen

    The article emphasises the importance of anchoring university research fundraising strategies in general university strategies for development. The American tradition for donations and charity cannot be immediately transferred to Europe. Rather, European universities should develop their own fundraising strategies based on their own values and traditions. Diversification and transparency are identified as significant issues in fundraising work. The article distinguishes between public and private fundraising, and points out the consequences of these differences for university fundraising efforts. Finally, the example of Aarhus University fundraising is examined in order to illustrate these points.

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