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Germany news roundup: 2-8 May

The latest headlines in German research policy and funding, covering the future of the Hochschulpakt, the proposed education council, charges against Volkswagen’s former chief executive and a selection of prizes.

Rectors unhappy with proposed funding criteria

Germany’s rectors are critical of a position paper published on 3 May by the Wissenschaftsrat, a council of senior scientists that advises the government, on the future of the Hochschulpakt, a programme that allows the federal government to top up universities’ core funding. The Wissenschaftsrat mooted using quality-related distribution measures alongside capacity-related measures. The proposed criteria would not only pit quality and capacity against each other, said the HRK, Germany’s association of rectors, but would also work on different timelines and be prone to fluctuation, leading to a lack of planning security.

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