Students call for tuition fees!


Given all the debate in Britain about tuition fees I was interested to read that one group of students here in Austria were calling for their introduction.

Last week the Young Liberals gained seats in the Student Parliament on a platform that included the introduction of tuition fees. If I’ve got this right, they argue that the (right progressive) system (with loans) is more socially just than free education as the latter is funded by the general population most of whom does not go into higher education. Again if I’ve got this right, they also argue that it would increase opportunities for entry into higher education and give universities more freedom.

One day my German lessons may finally pay-off and I will be able to get a fuller picture of life here in Austria. In the meantime I will just have to struggle on with Google translate, secondary English language sources, and the few little grey cells I have left.

For those with a better understanding of German I include the link to the interview with Claudia Gamon the leader of the Young Liberals from der Standard:

http://derstandard.at/1304553050130/Wir-wuenschen-uns-eine-liberale-Partei-im-Nationalrat

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