Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Austerity Is Driving Institutions Closer Together

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Austerity Is Driving Institutions Closer Together

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Nearly all higher education systems in Europe are considering or are taking steps towards merging institutions to cope with public spending cuts, a study says.

Several university mergers have recently taken place in Belgium, Germany, Finland, Hungary, Poland and Sweden, but institutions in many more countries are assessing similar moves, according to a report by the European University Association based on responses from national associations of rectors in 22 states, although not from the UK.

Only Turkey, where the number of universities has more than doubled in the past decade, is not contemplating restructuring, says the report, Designing Strategies for Efficient Funding of Higher Education in Europe, published last month.

So far, the most extensive restructuring has occurred in Denmark, Estonia, Finland and Latvia.

In these countries, as well as in Norway and francophone Belgium, public universities have had to absorb smaller public, non-university institutions, primarily to save money through economies of scale.

Other mergers have been driven by a desire to reposition institutions in response to growing international competition, the report says. …

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