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New agreement aims to boost universities’ attractiveness and innovative strength

Bavaria’s Minister President Dr. Markus Söder, Minister of Science Markus Blume and Minister of Education Michael Piazolo, together with the presidents of Bavaria’s state universities, universities of applied sciences and art colleges, as well as the medical directors of university hospitals, signed the new framework agreement Universities 2023 to 2027 (“Agility, Excellence and Innovation for Bavaria’s Higher Education Landscape”).

University president Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Jürgen Lehmann (center) at the signing of the Framework Agreement 2023 to 2027 between the Bavarian state government and Bavarian universities in the Max Joseph Hall of the Residence in Munich; photo: Alexandra Beier;

The signing marks the start of the strategic university management newly regulated in the new Bavarian Higher Education Innovation Act (BayHIG). The state and universities will conclude framework agreements valid for several years in which university performance will be comprehensively coordinated in a total of ten fields of action.

This involves a shift to modern outcome-oriented macro-management with measurable success parameters

We are giving our universities, universities of applied sciences,
art colleges and university hospitals planning security and increasing the
Hightech Agenda Bayern to a total of €5.5 billion. This investment is unique in Germany and a genuine strategy for the future. We are one of the strongest research regions in the world and want to remain so.

Minister President Dr. Markus Söder
Photo: Alexandra Beier;

In addition to research and teaching, the agreement also specifies knowledge transfer to society and science communication as central fields of action. In addition, cross-cutting issues such as sustainability and climate protection, digitization, equality or internationalization are included.

Furthermore, the framework agreement primarily serves to provide medium-term financial planning security for the entire Bavarian higher education landscape. Thanks to enormous financial contributions by the Free State, special privileges are associated with the framework agreement: Among other things, it ensures basic funding at least at the level of the 2023 budget estimates, guaranteed tariff increases, and a significant increase in
funding for the strategy funds that go beyond basic funding (previously
innovation funds).

A massive additional boost is provided by the two billion euro continuation of the High-Tech Agenda Bavaria (HTA) for the higher education sector. The state is thus investing a total of 5.5 billion euros in its technology offensive. The agreement will take effect retroactively from January 1, 2023, and will expire on December 31, 2027. Based on the framework agreement,
Science Minister Blume will conclude bilateral higher education agreements with the individual universities, in which the services provided by the state and the universities will be further specified, particularly in terms of profile building.


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