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Rectors concerned about Bafög funds diversion

Germany’s rectors have warned that extra funding derived from changes to national student support is not being fed back into higher education.

Much of the extra money that was made available to state governments because of the federal government’s takeover of the Bafög student support system has been diverted into other areas, according to the HRK, Germany’s rectors’ association. Some federal states have spent only part of the money on universities, and others have increased spending in some areas of higher education but cut it in others, the HRK said.

Bafög funding was previously provided by the states as well as the federal government, but was taken on entirely by the federal government this year to provide some relief for cash-strapped member states. The HRK met in Lübeck on 7 November to discuss how this change had worked out so far.

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