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Rector saves Greek, Polish from budget cut

University of Copenhagen steps in to support smaller programmes like Ancient Greek, Portuguese and Indo-European studies, as government slashes funding

Small humanities courses can now breathe a sigh of relief, writes our Danish section Universitetsavisen.

Economic aid to small humanities courses was cut last autumn by the Ministry of Science. This left some of the smallest language courses, such as Portuguese and Balkan studies, Ancient Greek and Polish, to whatever they could get redistributed from the Universities’ main Humanities’ budget.

But now a system championed by the retired dean Kirsten Refsing is being put into place by Rector Ralf Hemmingsen.

University to match lost funds

»This is one of the many fine results Refsing secured, and she was told about the money, before she decided to quit her job as dean of Humanities,« says Rector Ralf Hemmingsen according to Universitetsavisen.

According to the new system, the University will match the exact sums that were taken away by the Ministry of Science. This will be financed by a permanent grant on the University of Copenhagen’s annual budget.

»I have decided that the University will match the lost funds, DKK 1.25 million per course, for the nine courses that no longer qualify for the ‘small courses’ aid’,« says Rector Ralf Hemmingsen.

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