Colleges, universities and other educational institutions in Denmark must tighten their belts as the new Venstre government proposes to cut 8.7 billion kroner from its education budget over the next four years.
The new saving requirements come as a shock to the education sector, which unlike other public institutions, was for several years excluded from the general obligation to save 2 percent annually on expenses.
The government will leave it up to the headteachers to decide how the savings will be reached, and it is therefore not yet clear how each institution will be affected.
According to Yasmin Davali, the chairman of the Danish Union of Students, there is no doubt the savings will inevitably lead to poorer quality in an already hard-pressed education.
“Right now our education is so underfunded that our programs are on the verge of no longer being able to be defined as quality education,” Davali told Politiken newspaper.