CBS’ president happy with the government’s 2013 budget proposal

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CBS President Per Holten-Andersen is pleased with the prospect of CBS being able to plan long term due to the proposed three year funding security.

The annual negotiations about the Danish national budget have started. The government’s budget proposal for 2013 plans no budget cuts for the universities, but actually aims to ensure long-term budget stability.

Good budget prospects for the Danish university sector
Danish Minister of Finance Bjarne Corydon has presented the proposal for the Danish national budget for 2013. At CBS the government proposal met at positive reception, as the Danish universities will receive better funding than initially calculated with.

The proposed national budget will let the basic university research and education funding remain at its current level, will uphold the recent raise of the per-student-funding (the so-called taxi meter funding) and will even strive to find additional funding for the universities’ educational activities.

- This is better than we expected. The proposed budget is very favorable for the entire sector, including CBS, says president Per Holten-Andersen, who is pleased that there are no cutbacks on the educational side in the proposed budget.

Opportunity for long-term planning
The government is setting the stage for engineering a political agreement regarding the Danish universities spanning several years, including establishing funding security for a three year period. In its proposal up to the budget negotiations, the sector interest organization ‘Universities Denmark’ had emphasized that the universities are long-term investments for society and therefore need to be able to make long-term budgets.

This seems to have been heard at government level. Up until now, the university budgets have only been able to provide funding security from year to year.

- It is extremely positive for CBS that the proposed budget aims towards establishing three-year agreements. That would mean that we will be given the opportunity to work long-term. I have a hard time coming up with reasons for any of the stakeholders to vote no, says Per Holten-Andersen.

Danish Ministry of Higher Education, Morten Østergaard, has in connection with the proposed budget pointed out that the record high number of applications for the universities in the summer of 2012 can be expected to bring a significant rise in financing with it.

The government budget proposal specifies that the funding for the universities’ additional educational activities must be found, not just be taken from of other aspects of the universities’ funding.


The government’s university sector budget proposal

Educational funding
Continuation of the increased ‘Taxi meter funding’ (funding per student) for full time study programs of DKK 5,000 per student amounting to a total increase of DKK 250.000.000 per year in the period 2013-2015.

Research funding
Basic funding for research will be continued at the 2012-level until 2015. That means an additional DKK 846.000.000 in 2013, DKK 656.000.000 in 2014 and DKK 655.000.000 in 2015 as basic funding.