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Rectors voice fears for promised funding boost


Budget situation could delay or even cancel coalition agreement, university leaders warn

The German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) is concerned that an annual funding increase promised to universities before elections last year may not be implemented—and may even be turned into cuts.

In a statement released last week, the HRK voiced its fears for the Zukunftsvertrag Studium und Lehre stärken—the future contract to strengthen studies and teaching—put forward in the coalition agreement. Despite political tensions in Germany and abroad, there must be no delays in implementing this agreement, said Peter-André Alt, the HRK’s president.

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