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Luxembourg to invest €1.4bn in research, higher education
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Luxembourg to invest €1.4bn in research, higher education

by Michele Gantenbein and Roxana Mironescu 12.01.2018 From our online archive
University and research institutions to be given more funds, according to new multi-year plan presented by minister of education
Luxembourg to invest more than €1.4 billion in research and higher education (Guy Jallay)

Luxembourg's university and research institutions will be given more funds, according to a new multi-year plan presented by minister of education Marc Hansen on Thursday.

Between 2018 and 2021, Luxembourg will invest more than €1.4 billion in research and higher education.

Compared with the previous four-year period, research and higher-education funding grew by €284 million, a 25% increase.

According to the new four-year plan, the University of Luxembourg will receive €766.8 million, while €383 million will be allocated to the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST), the Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH) and Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER).

  • The LIST will receive €186.1 million, €28.3 million more compared with the previous four-year period, marking an increase of 18%
  • The LIH was allocated €149.9 million, €26.1 million more compared with the previous four-year period, marking an increase of 21%
  • LISER will receive €48 million over the next four years, €5.4 million more compared with the previous funding and an increase of 13% 

In addition, research programmes run by the National Research Fund will receive funding of €265.4 million for the next four years.

The new multi-year plan will also include additional funding of €20.5 million for Luxembourg-based institutions based on performance, as part of the European Union Framework Programme for Research and Development.

According to the Education Ministry, negotiations between the state and each institution for the 2018-21 period took place in parallel to ensure transparency and allow the ministry to set similar objectives for all participanting institutions.

The four-year agreements will be signed with each institution in the coming days, with the new university deal to be signed in the presence of its new rector Stéphane Pallage on Monday.