The following list provides an overview of the most important measures in the different organizational units of the University of Basel:
Faculty of Theology
The Faculty of Theology has an annual budget of CHF 3.6 million (as of 2017). It must reduce this budget by 100,000 francs to 3.5 million francs by 2021, which corresponds to a reduction of 2.8 percent.
- The biggest saving made by the Faculty of Theology will relate to the library: the former library of the Faculty of Theology will be fully integrated administratively and organizationally into the University Library.
- Reorganization of the administration of the Office of the Dean of Research.
Faculty of Law
The Faculty of Law has an annual budget of CHF 12.3 million (as of 2017). It must reduce this budget by 250,000 francs to 12.05 million francs by 2021, which corresponds to a reduction of 2.0 percent.
The Faculty of Law will meet its savings targets with the following three measures:
- One postdoc position (start-up funding) will be abolished
- One doctoral position will be abolished
- Reduction of teaching assignments by nine credit hours per year
This latter measure will result in certain Master’s courses no longer offered every two semesters, but instead every three semesters.
The last two cost-saving measures will take effect from 2021.
Faculty of Medicine
The Faculty of Medicine has an annual budget of 123.0 million Swiss francs (as of 2017). It must reduce this budget by 2.8 million francs by 2021, which corresponds to a reduction of 2.3 percent.
The following professorships will no longer be filled:
- Macroscopic Anatomy
- Reproductive Medicine/Endocrinology
- Child and Adolescent Developmental Psychopathology
- Inflammation and Infection Pathology (one of five pathology professorships)
- Physiology (one of four physiology professorships)
In addition, the research facilities of the professorships of the university dental clinics (UZB) will be reduced significantly from 2020.
Despite the cost-cutting measures, the following professorships can be newly established thanks to newly acquired third-party funds:
- Infectious diseases and hospital hygiene
- Emergency medicine
- Ophthalmology Research Professorship
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
The Faculty of Philosophy and History has an annual budget of CHF 35.7 million (as of 2017). It must reduce this by 900,000 francs by 2021, which corresponds to a reduction of 2.5 percent.
The Faculty of Humanities based its decisions not only on the individual subject but also on the faculty’s overall situation. Solutions had to be found for subjects with different capacities and resource requirements, and strategic aspects relating to the future development of the faculty also had to be considered.
In areas where it has already been possible to create solutions by leveraging synergies between two subjects, new permanent professorships have been announced. For example, Sociology and Political Science have decided to establish a joint professorship for Political Sociology.
Two professorships will be abolished:
- Historical-Comparative Linguistics
- Near Eastern Classical Studies
Near Eastern Archeology and Historical-Comparative Linguistics, two very minor subjects with just a few students, will be discontinued. Neither are run under a full professorship, but in one case by a titular professor with teaching assignments and the other under a half professorship.
The following will be announced as new, temporary assistant professorships:
- Professorship in Ibero-Roman Studies
- Professorship in German Studies
- Professorship in Media Science
- Professorship in History
With this approach, the Faculty of Humanities can achieve the required savings and now start carefully planning the longer-term solutions.
Faculty of Science
The Faculty of Science has a budget of 95.9 million Swiss francs (as of 2017). It must reduce this by 2.3 million francs by 2021, which corresponds to a reduction of 2.4 percent.
To avoid interrupting the current dynamics of the faculty’s development, the plan is to make the necessary savings largely without removing any professorships. Instead, the targets will be met mainly by structural savings in the departments’ central budgets, and through cuts to the personnel and operating budgets of the research groups. A professorship will have to be abolished only in the Department of Environmental Sciences. The savings targets of the individual organizational units will be achieved mainly by the following measures:
→ Reduction in assistant positions by 6.9
→ Reduction in central personnel and operating resources
Department of Environmental Sciences
→ Removal of a vacant professorship in earth sciences
Departement of Physics
→ Removal of a position in the field of astrophysics (research assistant)
Department of Mathematics & Computer Science
→ Reduction in assistant positions by 1.0
Department of Chemistry
→ Reduction in central staff resources
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
→ Making cuts to central staff resources
In addition, various smaller cuts to personnel and operating resources are planned for both the individual research groups and the central departments.
The personnel cuts can be fully realized through non-replacement of vacant positions.
Faculty of Business and Economics
The Faculty of Economic Sciences has a budget of CHF 10.4 million (as of 2017). It must reduce this by 70,000 francs by 2021, which corresponds to a reduction of 0.7 percent.
From 2019, the Faculty of Business and Economics will no longer receive the external funding used to co-finance a structural professorship. In addition, the faculty’s staff-student ratio is unfavorable compared with that of other faculties. As a result, the savings contribution made by Business and Economics is below average.
- The required savings will be made by not filling an administrative position that will become vacant (retirement).
- Non-renewal of two junior fellowships (Laspeyres Fellowship) and non-appointment of an assistant professorship will free up funds to create two university lectureships (each 60%), which will improve the staff-student ratio.
Faculty of Psychology
The Faculty of Psychology has a budget of CHF 10.3 million (as of 2017). It must reduce this budget by 330,000 francs by 2021, which corresponds to a reduction of 3.2 percent.
The interdisciplinary areas have a budget of CHF 3.5 million (as of 2017). They must reduce this by 50,000 francs by 2021, which corresponds to a reduction of 1.4 percent.
The four university institutes – Educational Science, Biomedical Ethics, Philanthropy Studies and European Global Studies – will contribute a total of CHF 50,000 pa with smaller measures.