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Union protests funding freeze

Finnish academics have pleaded for an end to government austerity, saying that continuous budget reductions are crippling the country’s higher education system.

The government has consistently fallen short of promises to increase research and education spending, the Finnish Union of University Researchers and Teachers said in a statement on 3 April.

The government’s Research and Innovation Council published a ‘vision’ to increase R&D spending to 4 per cent of GDP by 2020. But in the past eight years there has been a €300-million cut to research and another €300m taken from education, the union said. Occasional top-ups have been “one-offs”.

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