USTREAM sought to examine the measures that are in place in universities across Europe to enhance efficiency at operational level, and also analyse policies at system level that support universities in their efforts to operate more efficiently, with a view to identify good practice examples and develop recommendations for further development. The project addressed the question of operational efficiency in universities in a European comparative way. It offered a novel approach to the topic by tailoring it to the specificities of the higher education sector and breaking it down into three thematic dimensions:
- efficiency in professional, operational and support services
- efficiency in academic matters, and
- efficiency through strategic governance.
The USTREAM project was run by EUA in collaboration with the Irish Universities Association (IUA), Universities UK, and the Central European University (Budapest, Hungary).
USTREAM was co-funded by the European Commission under the Erasmus+ programme (2014).