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Universities ‘losing out’ on public research funds

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Research institutes have benefited much more than universities from Germany’s public spending boost for research and teaching over the past 20 years, a report has found.

Public spending on research and teaching rose from €24.6 billion in 1995 to €49.3bn in 2015, but the distribution has been extremely uneven, according to the report from the Research Institute for the Economics of Education and Social Affairs. Non-university research institutes received more of the funding, leaving universities to top up their budgets with temporary funds from industry and elsewhere.

The overall situation has changed “in favour of research funds and at the expense of resources for teaching and studying”, the report said. It was commissioned by the German Association of University Professors and Lecturers and presented in Bonn on 5 April.

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