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Private universities bemoan loss of autonomy

The proportion of private universities in Germany that think they have lots of autonomy has fallen from 89 per cent to 56 per cent in five years, according to a survey by the Stifterverband.

The survey of university leaders suggested that private universities have lost a lot of their decision-making powers in order to meet the demands of state regulation, according to the Stifterverband, an association of German research funders.

In contrast, the proportion of leaders at public universities who are happy with their level of autonomy has dropped by only one percentage point over the same period, from 51 to 50 per cent.

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