With the approval today of the 31st framework plan for higher-education construction investments at state and national level, the Federal Government has laid the foundations for the further expansion and modernisation of Germany's universities and the improvement of their technical equipment for the period 2002 to 2005. The University of Heidelberg is also involved with a major project in the field of medicine. Work is planned to start before end 2002 on a new therapy unit at the University of Heidelberg for the treatment of cancer with ion beams. Investments for the project total 141.7 million marks.
Central government expenditure on higher-education construction and equipment projects was notably higher in 2001 than in previous years, totalling 2,150 million marks, and Federal Education and Research Minister Edelgard Bulmahn has indicated that the same amount will be available for 2002. With the federal states committed to providing 50% of the overall funding required, this means that there will be about 4,140 million marks for investment in the building and equipment side of higher education in the coming year. Some 3,000 new projects serving the modernisation of higher education can thus be initiated as of 2002.
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Federal Ministry of Education and Research
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Dr. Michael Schwarz
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