EFMD Annual Conference 2014: Plenary III – Financial Models for Educational Institutions


Thomas Estermann began by talking about trends in finance in higher education. According to Mr. Estermann, performance based funding is now widely used but there are different ideas on what exactly the performance should be. The number of Bachelor and Masters Students is very important, as is the number of international students. What happens if the indicators change, especially if more than 50% of funding comes from public funds? Usually the indicators remain stable and there is also a dialogue between the different actors before they are changed.

Performance contracts are often used in the Scandinavian countries and are taken very seriously. There is a good deal of healthy peer pressure to ensure that they meet the targets. Funding for Excellence is widely used in different European countries such as the Research Excellence Framework (REF) in the UK. Germany and France give the largest amount of funding (3Bn euros for the period covered).


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Comparing English and Austrian Universities M. Estermann noted that the latter got more public funding, while English universities got more from fees and companies. He mentions that there is no one right answer in this or to know what is the right balance. As well as that, it is also a social question with different answers across Europe.


Estermann: English universities got less from public funds.

Efficiency in the use of funding is becoming a more debated question right across Europe. Philanthropy now accounts for 4% of funding across Europe and this may grow in the coming year. There are also big differences in treasury management and strategic investments between universities.

Patched funding schemes have become increasingly successful in England and Wales in particular. Here the government will match funds found from other sources. This encourages a more dynamic approach to funding. In some systems, an inbuilt support for getting this system is active.

The framework conditions and the autonomy of the university is also an issue. The universities with more autonomy have a more diverse selection of staff and a better ability to find other funds.

Universities with stronger leadership are also more successful in bringing in funds. Universities should also integrate income diversity into the overall strategy of the company. They should identify the strengths and weaknesses of the actual university brand. There should be an investment in leadership, management and people, with a focus on communicating their strategy both internally and externally. They should also have proved internal incentives. M. Estermann also cited a banker that was often asked by potential investors where they could put their money but didn’t know what their local units do.


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Thomas Estermann serves as Head of Technology Services of DocumentServices AG. Mr. Estermann has headed Development since mid-1998 and various IT platforms for the processing of data and documents were developed and productively introduction under his leadership.




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