Tuition Fees Fight Stalls Reform Law

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Science  13 Mar 1998:
Vol. 279, Issue 5357, pp. 1625
DOI: 10.1126/science.279.5357.1625b

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FRANKFURT-- Legislation designed to make German universities more flexible, more autonomous, and more competitive in the international market for students has stumbled at the final hurdle before becoming law. On 6 March, members of the Bundesrat--the upper house of Germany's parliament--rejected the federal framework law on universities because of a disagreement over whether to allow public universities to charge tuition fees. The matter has now been passed to a parliamentary mediation committee, but university officials are concerned that the clash could delay the whole university reform process.