The heads of 85 university councils have written to the German government, demanding a smooth and swift agreement to the next Hochschulpakt, which is due to come into force in 2020.
An open letter detailing these expectations was sent to the GWK, an outfit combining representatives of the federal and state governments, on 4 April. “Out of concern for the future of higher education”, they urge that the extension of the third Hochschulpakt, which combines federal and state-level funding for higher education, be concluded in time. The current edition of the funding programme is set to expire next year.
The Hochschulpakt is an administrative agreement between the federal government and Germany’s 16 states, with the goal of bringing about increased support for science and higher education in German politics through joint funding and cooperation. It is negotiated through the GWK, and streamlines the execution and funding of scientific projects on a pan-German level.