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Researchers lament ongoing ‘efficiency cuts’

Norway’s university budget is set to be cut for the fifth year in a row, leading to accumulated cuts totalling more than one billion Norwegian kroner, academics have warned.

Calculations by the Forskerforbundet, Norway’s association of researchers, show that between 2015 and 2019 universities have lost kr1.08bn (€114m) to a series of so-called “efficiency cuts” in higher education.

The 2019 university budget, presented on 8 October by Iselin Nybø, Norway’s minister for science and higher education, foresees a 0.5 per cent efficiency cut compared with 2018, according to the Forskerforbundet. The cuts were initially put in place to deal with budget issues during a downturn in Norway’s economy, but academics are refusing to accept this explanation five years on.

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