Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz on Polish science and higher education funding

PM Ewa Kopacz talked to representatives of the science community on Wednesday. The meeting at the Chancellery of the Prime Minister was also attended by Science Minister Lena Kolarska-Bobińska.

Photo: Archive of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister

The head of government talked to representatives of the science and academic communities about financing of Polish universities and Polish scientific research. The discussion also focused on the Wednesday-presented new strategy of the Science Ministry: The Programme for the Development of Higher Education and Science for 2015-2030.

More money for science

PM Ewa Kopacz and the science minister announced an increase in Polish science spending. In the 2016 budget, the expenditure will amount to PLN 8.3 billion versus PLN 7.8 billion planned for 2015. More money will also be channelled to two government agencies that finance basic and applied research, i.e. the National Science Centre and the National Centre for Research and Development.

PLN 15.8 bln for Polish universities

The government has not forgotten about investing in Polish universities. It will assign a total of PLN 15.8 billion to higher education in 2016. Importantly, the new budget ensures more money for investments, including repair work at universities not covered by multi-year programmes. It makes Poland one of only few countries in the EU that increase funding of this area.

The Wednesday talks with the representatives of the Polish science community was a follow-up to PM Ewa Kopacz’s meeting with university rectors held on 28 August 2015.

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