Academic dissatisfaction with Danish globalisation council

26.02.2007
Input from the 26 members of the Danish globalisation council were not included in the report presented for the parliament. "None of our suppositions lead to concrete statements by the globalisation council," says Henrik Prebensen of The Danish Association of Masters and PhDs.
"We are shocked at the empty gestures between the Prime Minister and the representatives. Absolutely none of our suppositions lead to concrete statements by the globalisation council, says professor Henrik Prebensen of The Danish Association of Masters and PhDs to Norwegian magazine Forskerforum.

"It is very important that people understand that the Government is deciding what to use of the discussions. It is their agenda, and the members merely give advice," said professor of economy Nina Smith and member of the council to Forskerforum in 2006.

The globalisation council was active in the period 2005-2006, and the members represented the research sector, interest organisation for employees in research, the interest organisations of the industry, and large companies. Before the meetings the members were given an agenda by the office of the Prime Minister, and speakers had to clarify their presentations to the Prime Minister‘s officers before the meetings. The final report Fremgang, fornyelse og tryghed (Progress, innovation and safety) from April 2006 suggested to put more of the public university funding up for competition, to integrate sector research and the universities and to double the number of PhD students.

The negotiations in the Parliament lead to an agreement about the ‘globalisation pot‘ of 21 billion DKK for globalisation towards 2012, including 1 billion extra for research in 2007.
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