Competition and performance in European Higher Education: the role of funding instruments. Competición y desempeño en los sistemas europeos de Educación Superior: el papel de los instrumentos de financiación.


  • Pedro Teixeira University of Porto
  • Ricardo Biscaia University Portucalense
  • Vera Rocha Center for Research in Higher Education Policies (CIPES)


Palabras clave:

funding, Europe, competition, efficiency, Higher Education, financiación, Europa, competición, eficiencia, Educación Superior


Abstract. Higher education institutions face today a demanding and complex context in which they are asked to fulfill multiple roles. Many of these challenges have to be faced in a complex financial context in which traditional modes of funding have been transformed and public sources are not as generous as they often were in the past.Like in many other public services, in recent years it became a rather common statement that higher education institutions should be more efficient in the use of taxpayers’ resources, which had a clear impact in visible changes in the funding of public higher education in Europe. In this paper we will analyse the major trends in higher education funding in Europe and underline to what extent the current debates about higher education and its funding have been significantly influenced by economic considerations. We will identify some of the main issues that dominate the current debate around higher education’s funding, drawing some comparative insights from developments across Europe.


Resumen. Las instituciones de Enseñanza Superior están involucradas en un contexto complejo y exigente en el que tienen que hacer frente a múltiples demandas. Muchas de estas demandas emergen en un entorno financiero difícil, las fuentes tradicionales de financiamiento se han trasformado y los fondos públicos no fluyen con la generosidad de antes. Como en muchas áreas del sector público, las instituciones de enseñanza superior están presionadas para tener un uso más eficiente de las subvenciones públicas. Ello se observa como preocupación en los modos de financiamiento de muchos sistemas públicos de Enseñanza Superior en Europa. En este artículo se analizan algunas de las principales tendencias en el financiamiento de Educación Superior pública en Europa subrayando la influencia creciente de los razonamientos económicos en estos sistemas. En el análisis, y a partir de la comparación de algunos casos, seidentificarán algunos de los temas clave en el debate actual sobre el financiamientode la Educación Superior en ese continente.


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Biografía del autor/a

Pedro Teixeira, University of Porto

Associate Professor at the Faculty of Economics and Vice Rector of the University of Porto (Portugal) and Director of CIPES (Center for Research in Higher Education Policies). His main research interests are on the Economics of Education and the History of Economics. He has published several journal articles in Higher Education and economics journals and has edited several collective volumes.

Ricardo Biscaia, University Portucalense

Assistant Professor in Economics at the University Portucalense (Portugal) and researcher at CIPES (Centre for Research in Higher Education Policies). His main research interests are Regional and Urban Economics, the Economics of Education, and Industrial Organization.

Vera Rocha, Center for Research in Higher Education Policies (CIPES)

Researcher at CIPES and a PostDoc at Copenhagen Business School (CBS). Her main research interests are related to Higher Education (HE funding, competition and diversification), Industrial Organization (entrepreneurship, firm and industry dynamics) and Labor Economics (wage differentials, human capital and occupational choice).


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Teixeira, P., Biscaia, R., & Rocha, V. (2015). Competition and performance in European Higher Education: the role of funding instruments. Competición y desempeño en los sistemas europeos de Educación Superior: el papel de los instrumentos de financiación. Páginas De Educación, 7(2), 217–233.