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European Higher Education: diverging funding trends in 2015

published 12 February 2016 updated 12 February 2016

The European University association released its annual Public Funding Observatory report 2015. This year’s edition points out worrying signals from Northern Europe, in particular Denmark and Finland, where new governments have embarked on cost-cutting programmes for the sector.

The 2015 Observatory also corroborates the highly contrasted situation of universities throughout Europe, with long-lasting disinvestment in countries such as Croatia, the Czech Republic, Ireland, Serbia and Spain, while for others the main challenge is to maintain the level of funding per student, considering large increases in the student population (among which Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany). The report also notes an increasingly common narrative about efficiency in a context of changing funding models.

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