Finland’s students have welcomed the new government’s planned funding boost for universities, but urged for more money to be earmarked for increasing the number of higher education places.
On 11 June, the coalition government presented its first action plan to the Finnish parliament. This ‘government programme’ covers how “the five political parties in the government have agreed to reform and further develop Finland”, said Antti Rinne, the prime minister who took power on 6 June.
The programme covers changes to higher education funding including €15 million earmarked to improve continuous learning between 2020 and 2022 and a €40m annual top-up for basic research at universities [POSS TK here on total size of basic research budget]. It also details plans to boost the country’s ailing industries with €150m set aside for research led by Business Finland, an organisation tasked with promoting entrepreneurial R&D.