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Swedish universities oppose shorter board terms


Higher education associations warn of government “micromanagement” and threats to university autonomy

Sweden’s universities and researchers have spoken out against the government’s decision to reduce the term of office for external board members at the country’s higher education institutions.

Sulf, an association of university teachers and researchers, said the move posed a “major threat” to academic freedom and the self-determination of universities and colleges. The organisation also warned that under the new system, the government has a stronger say in board appointments, which could introduce a political aspect to such roles.

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