Univer­si­ties forced to search for fund­ing

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Aus­ter­ity is putting new pres­sure on the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor, with the Univer­sity of Athens said to be con­sid­er­ing delv­ing into fund­ing put aside for re­search to bankroll its op­er­a­tional costs.

“We will try to find our own fund­ing to cover the ed­u­ca­tional needs of our fac­ul­ties,” the univer­sity’s rec­tor. Thanos Di­mopou­los, told Kathimerini.

How­ever, of the 10 mil­lion eu­ros in fund­ing set aside for the univer­sity by the state for this year, not a cent has been dis­bursed.

In view of this, univer­sity author­i­ties are said to be plan­ning to curb spend­ing on the leas­ing of prop­erty and in­stead to ex­ploit the in­sti­tu­tion’s own as­sets. Author­i­ties are also be­ing obliged to con­sider tap­ping a spe­cial fund con­tain­ing money for re­search, Kathimerini un­der­stands.

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