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Resourcing Higher Education in the Flemish Community of Belgium

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The report on Resourcing Higher Education in the Flemish Community of Belgium is the first in a series of publications produced by the OECD's Resourcing Higher Education Project. This project aims to develop a shared knowledge base for OECD member and partner countries on effective policies for higher education resourcing through system-specific and comparative policy analysis. The review of resourcing in the Flemish Community of Belgium has a strong focus on the funding of operating costs, teaching and research in Flemish higher education institutions. It also analyses financial support for students, system-level frameworks governing human resources policy in higher education and key trends in higher education that will impact future higher education resourcing policy. Alongside analysis and comparison of Flemish resourcing policy approaches, it provides recommendations to support future refinement of policies.

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Institutional funding for research

This chapter takes a closer look at the grants the Flemish authorities allocate directly to higher education institutions in the Flemish Community to support research activities. The Flemish higher education funding system provides significant resources for research directly to universities, including the research component of the operating grant and earmarked grants for fundamental and applied research (the Special Research Funds and the Industrial Research Funds). The Flemish government also allocates a more modest level of funding to university colleges as part of their block grant to support “practice-oriented research” in the programmatic fields in which these institutions are active.

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