University Students Sit-in Ends

University students and faculty around the country held protests on Thursday over the timetable for university legislation reforms. Demonstrations were held in Helsinki, Turku, Tampere, Oulu, and Joensuu. The government gave its approval to the reforms on Thursday.but opponents say the proposals have been railroaded through too quickly. Protestors are sending an internet petition to legislators demanding an extra year to plan reforms. They say the changes are being handed down by high-level politicians and university officials, without taking into account criticism which was solicited from students and staff last autumn. Under the reform, half of governing body members would be recruited from outside universities in order to promote financial expertise.

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