Worrying news from Sweden: the Institutes around Mediterranean are in danger.
Swedish Institute at Athens announces:
"The Swedish government has proposed that the budget for the
Mediterranean institutes (Athens, Istanbul, Rome) should be cut with
more than half in 2016 and with 100% in 2017. This means that there will
be no institutes. A petition could be signed at http://www.namninsamling.com/site/get.asp?Medelhavsinstitut."
Here is the petition text in English:
The signers of this petition strongly disagree with the suggestion in
this year’s budget bill to cut funding for the Swedish Institutes in the
Mediterranean, and in the coming year completely abandon the financial
support. This decision reflects a lack of investigation on the
government’s part, and this decision can have devastating effects.
provides an invaluable contribution to research, education and cultural
exchange, all happening on a minute budget. They promote
cross-disciplinary cooperation, mobility, internationalization, and the
application of funds and excellence. The Institutes also contribute to
the overall quality of many university disciplines in Sweden. They,
moreover, function as a place for intercultural meetings, national
centers and fora for courses, conferences, seminars and provide
excellent resources for both small and large educational establishments.
The institutes have a strong brand and are internationally known and
respected research centres. To cut their funding would be a grave