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Academy blasts proposed reforms to university funding

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The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has criticised the recommendations of a recent government investigation into the future of Swedish education and research.

In a response, issued on 18 June, the academy said that the report’s recommendations, which include the merging of education and research resources and a more robust government oversight of individual universities’ research priorities, will threaten the competitiveness of Swedish research. It also warned that the recommendations could restrict academic freedom.

The report—which focused on long-term, coordinated and dialogue-based governance of higher education institutions—is the result of a study led by Pam Fredman, former rector of the University of Gothenburg. The aim was to find a system of governance for universities and colleges that “promotes academic freedom, quality and responsibility”.

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