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Crisis hits European universities

While some European universities and schools of professional education have to cut costs, others receive extra money from the government. A quick scan of the situation in the European member states shows that the damage in the Netherlands is not too bad.

In particular England, Italy and Latvia are cutting their budgets for higher education and research, reports the European association of institutes of higher education EUA. In another nine countries, institutes are seeing their budgets shrink by up to 10 per cent.

The Netherlands is in the list of countries where things are not so bad, together with the Scandinavian countries, Switzerland and Poland: hardly any or no cuts are being made. The EUA also mentioned four countries in which promised investments have been cancelled, including Belgium.

Only two countries are putting extra money into tertiary education: France and Germany. Portugal is doing so too, but will probably cut lecturers’ salaries.

In Great Britain, students will have to pay lecture fees of about ten thousand euros, which means that the universities will notice comparatively little from the decreasing government expenses, as students will bear the brunt.





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