The Grand Council needs to safe funding for the college

The deputies of Friborg voted in a mandate calling on the Council of State to provide the University of Friborg with “sufficient resources” (archives) in the coming years. KEYSTONE / GAETAN BALLY sda-ats

This content was published on May 18, 2022 – 11:12


On Friday, MEPs in Friborg adopted a mandate calling on the Council of State to provide the University of Friborg with “sufficient resources”. The latter is in Switzerland, which spends the least per student, with 22,000 francs per year.

The mandate was adopted by 82 votes to 17, with no abstentions. 76 signatories call on the Council of State to fully integrate the University of Friborg’s multi-annual planning for the years 2023-2027 into the framework of the state’s financial planning for the legislative period, which began in January.

Defending the text, PLR Deputy Antoinette de Weck, President of the Senate of the University of Friborg, said that the University of Zurich spent 40,000 francs a year and per student, while others donated 30,000 francs. “In a university country that is not advancing, it is receding,” she warned.

Insufficient investment

“Every franc invested brings two francs back into the community,” said Centrist MP Bernhard Altermatt. All groups welcomed the mandate, with the exception of the MDT, which only partially supported it. The University of Friborg has lost ground in recent years, lamented Julien Vuilleumier on behalf of the Greens and the Allies.

“We must stop the policy of half-measures,” said Socialist MP Grégoire Kubski, for whom the mandate must be a “turning point.” Like others, the elected representative, Gruyère, mentioned insufficient investment, insufficient maintenance and insufficient staff. The University of Friborg has approximately 11,000 students.

Its annual budget could thus be increased to cover not only the “mandatory” adjustments to existing funds (salary indexation, staff increases and depreciation), but also new needs (maintenance, staff and loss of revenue associated with the revision of the intercantonal university agreement) .

No division

The Council of State, through the vote of Sylvia Bonvin-Sansonnens, in charge of the file, was not respected with her proposal for the division of the mandate. He only wanted to keep a single component earmarking additional resources for infrastructure maintenance and compensation for loss of earnings due to the AIU revision.

The part concerning the allocation of additional resources to finance additional staffing needs would then be rejected. However, the executive reiterated its desire to find balanced financial solutions for the benefit of the university as well as other universities in the canton.

In Friborg, the mandate aims to oblige the Council of State to take action in an area falling within its exclusive competence. It enables the Grand Council to ensure that the cantonal government implements the laws correctly and in a timely manner.

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