• ATHENA Project

    Fostering Sustainable and Autonomous
    Higher Education Systems
    in the Eastern Neighbouring Area

  • Focus

    University autonomy and funding reforms
    in Armenia, Moldova and Ukraine

  • Objectives

    Transfer of good practice
    Promotion of inclusive approaches
    Capacity building in university management


ATHENA Finance and Governance Toolkits released

In line with the capacity-building objectives of ATHENA, an important milestone of the project has been reached with the release of two ATHENA toolkits. The first is dedicated to university financial management and provides guidance to university leaders and managers on topics such as the development of resource allocation and costing models, budget planning, and income diversification.


The second toolkit focuses on university governance models across Europe. It offers mapping and benchmarking possibilities and provides detailed information on selection mechanisms for the leadership, the composition and tasks of governing bodies and elements to consider to involve external stakeholders in governance structures.


The toolkits are a response to the needs identified in the analysis and the discussions held in the ATHENA project. They serve both as a compilation of good practice examples and as practical guidelines using the rich information EUA has gathered through its work on governance and funding with members and partners across Europe.

The toolkits are mainly targeted at university leaders and managers engaged in reform processes at institutional level. They include questions to help structuring the reflection and the change process within universities.

The toolkits should also be of interest to public authorities and Ministries and inspire the development of policies supporting universities in the implementation. The toolkits come in a handy interactive pdf format that makes it possible to fill in the comment fields electronically and print the completed document afterwards.

Financial Management Toolkit: pdfEUA-ATHENA Toolkit Financial Management_2015_final.pdf

Governance Models Toolkit: pdfEUA-ATHENA Toolkit Governance.pdf

The third ATHENA toolkit, focused on Human Resource development, will be released by Summer 2015.

  • Yerevan State University
  • Gavar State University
  • State Engineering University of Armenia
  • State Universities Rectors Council of Armenia
  • Ministry of Education and Science of Armenia
  • Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova
  • Cahul State University
  • Free International University of Moldova
  • National Council of Rectors of Moldova
  • Ministry of Education of Moldova
  • Taras Shevchenko National University of Kiev
  • Donetsk National University
  • Odessa National University
  • Lesya Ukrainka Eastern European National University
  • Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine
  • University of Coimbra
  • Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra
  • University of Helsinki
  • Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences
  • University of Amsterdam
  • European University Association