SPAIN: Financial crisis hits universities*
A statement last December by the three senior university rectors in Madrid - representing Alcalá, Complutense and the Autónoma - even suggested reductions of up to 87% in committed investments.
After decades of steady growth, public universities are preparing to scale back by up to 10%. Staff salaries are expected to be frozen with cuts in expenditure and even lock-outs where researchers are evicted from their office to prevent them from doing work, and hence being paid! Reports also suggest research budgets face cuts of some 15% in coming years.
* From the Europaeum Bulletin