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Universities get small budget increase

Public funding for Italian universities has increased by 5 per cent this year, according to figures released last month by the country’s research minister.

The so-called “ordinary” budget for universities, which covers day-to-day expenses, teaching and basic research, will reach €7.3 billion in the 2018/19 financial year, the ministry revealed. This is around €346 million more than last year.

A degree finalising the budget was signed by Marco Bussetti, the minister for education, university and research, on 8 August. The order sets the standard cost per student, an important benchmark for Italian higher education budgeting, along parameters provided by Italy’s national statistics institute ISTAT.

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