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Launched last month, the European University Association’s online The map reveals the number of mergers per country in the past 15 years in Europe ranges from one in Italy, through four in Germany and 12 in Estonia, to 17 in France. The low number of mergers in Italy can be explained by the already large size of most Italian universities, and the discussion therefore focuses on further specialisation of Italian higher education institutions. In Estonia, on the other hand, the large number of mergers can be attributed to the correction that followed the dramatic growth of the number of institutions in the post-transformation 1990s.
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