Building the Danube Knowledge Alliance

Modern Governance 

Modern Danube Governance – How to make the region work? was one of the key topics of the 1st Annual Form of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region held in November 2012 in Regensburg, Germany.

Good governance, targeted science and technology development, as well as security are prerequisites for a prosperous, stable and growing Danube region. This workshop looks at how three horizontal Priority Areas – “Institutional Cooperation and Cooperation” and ”Knowledge Society” , and the Priority Area on “Security” contribute to strengthen the region’s competitiveness across various policy fields to have a real impact on Europe 2020 goals. This workshop will centre around the current work as well as innovative projects and new approaches to the financing of projects.

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Financing Education at All Levels

Public funding for research and teaching in general, including research contracts awarded on a competitive basis : this is traditionally the main source of funding for European universities. However, given the budgetary situation in the Member States that candidate countries, there is a limited margin of manoeuvre for increasing public support. And while the Member States did in Lisbon in March 2000 give a commitment to substantially increase human resource investment, it is highly unlikely that this effort alone can cover the anticipated increase in the number of students or make it possible to catch up with the USA.

The universities can also generate income  by selling services (including research services and flexible lifelong learning possibilities), particularly to the business sector, and from using research results. But these sources do not today contribute in any substantial way to the funding of European universities, partly because of a regulatory framework which does not allow them to really take advantage of their research activities, or does not encourage them to do so, e.g. because the royalties are paid to the state and not to the university or the research themselves.

Lastly, contribution from students, in the form of tuition and enrollment fees. In Europe, these contributions are generally limited or even prohibited, in order to allow democratic access to higher education.

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