Higher education funding in Latvia: how internal resource allocation and governance structures at higher education institutions respond to state reforms
By reforming the state funding model for higher education in 2014, Latvia has entered new territory. The intriguing question raised by the change in state resource allocation is whether HEIs will use the new model as an incentive to further develop their internal funding systems and governance structures.
This issue was as the heart of a project with World Bank support, initiated in 2016, which involved CHE Executive Director Professor Dr. Frank Ziegele in the capacity of Senior Consultant. The findings: at the seven universities under consideration, the performance-based orientation in state resource allocation soon resulted in a shift towards performance rewards in internal systems. Frank Ziegele stated: “The speed at which internal reforms were made was breath-taking. The impetus generated by state incentives led to a significant strengthening of performance incentives in research at the universities.”
The final reports have now been published.
The first report entitled “Internal Funding and Governance in Latvian Higher Education Institutions: Status Quo Report” analyses the situation of internal funding and governance in Latvia.
The second report entitled “International Trends and Good Practices in Higher Education Internal Funding and Governance” describes trends and provides examples of good practice in internal funding and governance in various European countries and at a variety of HEIs. These trends and good practices also offer interesting benchmarks for German HEIs.