Rector Ilkka Niiniluoto: 4 per cent share of GDP for R&D

Rector doesn't stand for Universities ran by professional managers.

Ilkka Niiniluoto Rector Ilkka Niiniluoto demands that definitions of policy approved in June 2006 by Science and Technology Policy Council should be included to the forthcoming government platform. The definitions of policy aim to increasing R&D's stake up to 4 per cent of the GDP.

According to Rector Niiniluoto, Finland is lead centralized as if the country was a profit pursuant enterprise. The state's control on its accounting offices, including Universities, has tensed from before.

- Reduction intentions of the public sector have been formulated as the Council of State's National Productivity Programme.

Rector Niiniluoto doesn't approve well-paid professional managers in the saddle of Universities.

- The operative management of the University - from Rectors to Deans and to Heads of Departments - must be able to promote their own unit's effectiveness in particular in the basic tasks, in research and education. The operative management requires its mandate from the broad University community.

In his speech Rector Niiniluoto also expressed his view about the English titles of the Finnish Polytechnics:

- Finnish Polytechnics are dissatisfied with their title which is, according to them, also used in the second level education. This can not be grounds for handing around the damage and vitiating the well-established term University.

Text: Mirja Mäenpää
Photo: Veikko Somerpuro

Translation: Minna Rauhansalo

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