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Proposal to up university block grants

The Danish government plans to increase the proportion of block-grant funding to universities in a proposal to reform higher education funding.

As it stands, universities receive up to 89 per cent of their public funds through so-called taximeter grants, which include planned higher education activities such as teaching and institutional development. Between 10 per cent and 17 per cent of funding is based on student graduation rates. 

The government announced on 4 May that it wants to change the system so that 20 per cent of funds are given as block grants. Its distribution should be based on an overall quality assessment, as well as an institution’s strategic priorities. 

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