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Guest talk

Dr. Ben Jongbloed

Funding for Performance in European Higher Education

Trends and Impacts

Portrait photo of Dr. Ben Jongbloed © Jongbloed​/​private
Dr. Ben Jongbloed (University of Twente, The Netherlands)

Building on previous work carried out in CHEPS (e.g., Jongbloed & Vossensteyn, 2016) and based on a recent comparative study carried out for the European Commission (Jongbloed et al., 2022), this colloquium will provide an overview of the key issues and dilemmas around Performance-Based Funding (PBF) in higher education. PBF comes in different shapes and sizes and has become increasingly popular. Elements of PBF appear in funding formulas and in negotiations-based approaches, such as performance agreements, strategic framework contracts and Ziel- und Leistungsvereinbarungen. But PBF also is a highly contentious approach for the steering and guidance of universities.

Based on information collected from all 27 EU Member States, we will discuss the design of PBF and shed some light on the advantages and disadvantages of PBF systems. Finally, we will discuss some policy implications and address the key question: Does PBF matter for the performance of higher education institutions?


  • Jongbloed, B.W.A. and J.J. Vossensteyn (2016), University funding and student funding: international comparisons, Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Vol. 32, No. 4, pp. 576–595.
  • Jongbloed, B., de Boer, H., McGrath, C., de Gayardon, A., et al. (2022 – to be published). Study on the state and effectiveness of national funding systems of higher education to support the European Universities Initiative. Brussels: DG-EAC.

Ben Jongbloed is a senior research associate in the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS) at the University of Twente, where he received his PhD. He has worked at CHEPS for almost 30 years, studying issues of governance and resource allocation in higher education. He was involved in several policy evaluations and consultancies for clients such as ministries of education and the European Commission. Ben has published widely on the public and private funding of higher education and research. Besides that, his research focuses on embedding entrepreneurship (HEInnovate) and sustainability in higher education (DECODE). He also teaches public policy and higher education economics at the University of Twente and in Oslo University and he regularly supervises students and PhD candidates working on their thesis.

Wednesday, 18 May 2022, 4.00–5.30 p.m. (CEST) | Hybrid
Vogelpothsweg 78 (CDI building), room 114 | Online via Zoom

Center for Higher Education (zhb)
Professorship of Higher Education

Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dort­mund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.


TU Dort­mund University has its own train station ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station ("Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop "Dort­mund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dort­mund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S".


The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.


The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dort­mund Airport (DTM) to Dort­mund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dort­mund Central Station, you can continue to the uni­ver­si­ty campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of in­ter­na­tio­nal flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the uni­ver­si­ty station.


Interactive map

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

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