Institutional Autonomy in Higher Education

  • Thomas Estermann
  • Enora Bennetot Pruvot
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The capacity of Higher Education Institutions to design internal structures, select and train staff, shape academic programmes and use financial resources, in line with their specific institutional missions and profiles.


University governance and the relationship between the state and higher education institutions are issues that have generated intense debate and reflection in the past decade. Institutional autonomy is widely considered as an important prerequisite for modern universities to be able to develop institutional profiles and to deliver efficiently on their missions. Discussions around university governance and autonomy arose across Europe in different contexts as a response to diverse challenges; as a result, the need emerged to develop a common terminology and structure to address such an important topic, with an increasing demand for comparability and benchmarking across...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Governance, Funding and Public Policy DevelopmentEuropean University Association (EUA)BrusselsBelgium

Section editors and affiliations

  • Alberto Amaral
    • 1
  • António Magalhães
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.CIPESUniversity of PortoPortoPortugal
  2. 2.Faculty of Psychology and Education SciencesUniversity of PortoPortoPortugal
  3. 3.Centre for Research in Higher Education Policies (CIPES)PortoPortugal