The state constitutions generally grant higher education institutions the right to self-governance within the framework of the law. Higher education autonomy means not only flexibility and freedom of action in legal matters, but also independence from state influence in finance, personnel and organisation.
However, the exact extent of this autonomy is often the subject of political debate and negotiations between higher education institutions and the state. In an international comparison, the influence of the state as a donor is significantly greater than in other countries, for example Anglo-American or Scandinavian countries.
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