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Rector quits to protest state interference

Anders Hederstierna, rector of the Blekinge Institute of Technology, has said he will step down in opposition to what he said is government interference in the institute’s internal affairs.

Hederstierna asked for permission to resign in a letter to the institute’s board, according to an article in the Universitetsläraren, the Sulf researcher union’s news website, on 6 July. The Blekinge board said it would appoint a new rector.

The resignation comes after the institute launched an investigation in May into possibly shutting down the smaller one of its two campuses, which has about 300 students, in Karlshamn. Government cuts to the institution’s budget has led it to reduce intake by 1,000 students, down to 2,600. The institute’s other campus, in Karlskrona, has about 2,000 students, and about 300 students study remotely.

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