European University Association

The European University Association (EUA) represents more than 800 institutions of higher education in 48 countries, providing them with a forum for cooperation and exchange of information on higher education and research policies. Members of the Association are European universities involved in teaching and research, national associations of rectors and other organisations active in higher education and research.

European University Association
HeadquartersBrussels, Belgium
Michael Murphy (Term of office: 2019–2023)
Martine Rahier
Paul Boyle

EUA is the result of a merger between the Association of European Universities and the Confederation of European Union Rectors' Conferences. The merger took place in Salamanca on 31 March 2001.


The EUA is governed by the Presidency, the Board, the Council and the General Assembly. The Presidency is composed of the President and the two Vice-Presidents. The current President is Michael Murphy. The current Vice-Presidents are Martine Rahier and Paul Boyle. The President and the two Vice-Presidents holds office for four years and are not eligible for re-election. The Vice-Presidents deputise for the President in his or her absence.

The Board is composed of the President and eight members, including the two Vice-Presidents, all of whom are current or former rectors. The Board is responsible for the preparation and implementation of the Association’s policy and the planning of its activities. In 2020, it met four times, mainly online due to the pandemic. The members are elected for four-year terms.

The Council is composed of the President, the members of the Board and the chairperson or nominated representative of each national rectors’ conference. The Council meets to discuss and define EUA’s priorities and to endorse various policy positions and statements.

The General Assembly is composed of all full and associate members, although only full members are entitled to vote. The General Assembly determines the strategic direction of the Association. It also elects the president and Board.


Funding sources, as of 2020:[1]

  Membership fees (84%)
  Other EUA activities and projects (12%)
  European Union projects (EUA coordinator) (3%)
  Financial and other (1%)

The organisation is mostly funded by its membership fees, as well as by projects and other activities. The Association’s income in 2020 was more than €4.9 million. The EUA sustained its work with these funds, including public events, publications and projects. It also covered the expenses related to EUA’s offices and its staff of more than forty persons.


Education institutions can apply to become members. When applying for membership, the EUA takes into account the economic strength of the country and the number of students enrolled at the institution when calculating member fees.

There are five types of membership:

  • Individual Full Members – Higher education institutions that conduct research, provide degree programmes in two of the three study cycles and receive direct public funding.
  • Collective Full Members – National rectors‘ conferences representing the universities of a country.
  • Individual Associate Members – Higher education institutions that award degrees at the first and second cycle level, but do not meet the research criteria as set for full individual members.
  • Collective Associate Members – Networks of universities or other higher education institutions that demonstrate a broad European representation.
  • Affiliates – Organisations with an interest in European co-operation in higher education.
Location Members
 European Union 582
 United Kingdom 60
 Turkey 57
 Ukraine 27
 Norway 17
  Switzerland 17
 Russia 16
 Kazakhstan 14
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 7
 North Macedonia 7
 Georgia 6
 Serbia 4
 Iceland 4
 Belarus 3
 Albania 3
 Armenia 2
 Azerbaijan 2
 Moldova 2
 Kosovo 2
  Vatican City 1
 Montenegro 1
 Andorra 1
 Liechtenstein 1

See also


  1. "EUA Annual Report 2020" (PDF). Retrieved 7 July 2021.