In collaboration with our member organisations we’ve written a reply to Kunnskapsdepartementets hearing 15/1643 regarding changes in the university and university college law with regard to the calculation of seniority for PhD candidates. Our reply can be read here (in Norwegian).
We have written a brief hearing reply to KDs proposed changes of the university board model after e-mail exchanges with the SiN board, a meeting with DION, and discussions with the leader of Studenttinget at NTNU. The proposed changes are briefly summarised in the last post. Given the short time to process this hearing we have tried to avoid expressing controversial opinions.
The reply discourages KD from reducing the 2/3-majority vote needed to change the board composition or introducing an external majority to a simple majority vote. It also questions the intent of opening up for an external majority in the first place. The rest of the reply is meant to encourage KD to re-formulate the law to be more clear regarding the board composition.
As the deadline is this Saturday, please take the time to read through the note (and propose changes) at your earliest convenience. I apologise for the outrageously short deadline.
Our preliminary reply is available here (in Norwegian only).
As some of you might’ve read on universitetsavisa.no (UA), Kunnskapsdepartementet (KD) released a hearing (link) regarding proposed changes for the university and university college (høyskole) boards (current regulations). Though no radical changes are proposed, what is alarming is the way the hearing has been presented. The proposed changes were first published on June 26th, with a hearing deadline August 15th. KD also did not include SiN in this hearing.
SiN will be writing a formal complaint that we were not included in the hearing, as well as commenting on the questionable hearing deadline.
The Annual General Meeting this year will be held in NTNU campus (Trondheim) on Thursday 28th of May. The day after, SiN and DION have the pleasure to invite you to a seminar in “Career, politics and development” with two nice speakers: Hebe Gunnes (NIFU) and Kari Melby (Pro-rector of research, NTNU). Everyone interested in attending, please check information and conditions in the link below (invitation document) and let us know ASAP.
As it can be read recently in the news, iranian students and workers in Norway are having issues with their visas due to a new agreement of the government in order to protect policies of spying and spreading information about weapons. Iranians affected by this have started a group called SEDAI: https://www.facebook.com/SEDAI.Event?fref=ts. They plan to sue the government since the reason for rejection are not specific enough, so they are trying to build themselves up as an association to be able to open a bank account and take the case to the court.