strong universities for europeAnkara University, Turkey, 27 September 2010.
To become financially sustainable, universities need to be able to identify the full costs of all their activities. EUA’s continuing work on full costing is now taken up by the EUIMA – Full Costing project (“European Universities Implementing the Modernisation Agenda”), which will organise a series of events around Europe, one of which is the country workshop in Turkey.
The workshop will bring together international experts to work with the leadership and management of Turkish universities, as well as with responsible government ministries and funding bodies. The leadership of some of the biggest Turkish universities as well as the Turkish State planning Organisation (DPT), Scientific and Technological Research Council (TUBITAK), Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Industry and Commerce and the Turkish Technology Development Fund (TTGV) have already confirmed their attendance at the workshop.
The aim of the workshop is to contribute to the development of a coordinated approach to the implementation of full costing among Turkish universities, and to discuss strategic issues such as how to ensure external support to the project. The workshop will also strive to define a roadmap for the implementation of full costing in Turkey, inviting interested institutions to join the follow-up activities.
The format of the workshop will be very practical and will draw on examples of best practice in the implementation of full costing in Europe which will be carefully selected to suit the specific needs and conditions in Turkey. It will provide a forum for debate, giving participants the opportunity to discuss the framework conditions needed to implement full costing in Turkish universities and to establish a network for cooperation between institutions.
Working Group A: Leadership and support for the implementation of full costing
The working group will address the role of university leadership in the implementation of full costing. Two case studies will be presented giving specific attention to the Turkish context. The session will first address the role of leadership in ensuring the support and coordination of external stakeholders. The following questions will be discussed: i) how to establish continuing cooperation among universities; ii) how to foster support from the government; and iii) how to work together with funding bodies towards more coherent funding rules. Secondly, it will also look at the leadership’s role in the implementation of full costing within a university context, focusing on practical questions such as: i) how to ensure commitment to the process at all institutional levels; ii) how to facilitate the internal process of coordination; and iii) how to use full costing as an efficient tool in strategic decision making.
Working Group B: Operational aspects of implementing full costing
This working group will address operational aspects of the implementation of full costing within a university setting. Two examples of best practice from advanced European universities will be presented, describing the different full costing methodologies in use in those institutions and focusing in particular on issues of relevance to the Turkish context. These will provide an outline of the different steps in the implementation process and focus in particular on the following key issues: i) the identification of university activities and cost drivers; ii) the identification of direct and indirect costs; iii) choices of time allocation mechanisms and other data collection procedures; and iv) data management and use of IT systems in the process.