Increased Sami representation in Norwegian research council?

06.06.2002
The Norwegian government plans to wait for the re-organisation of the research council before they decide on the amount of Sami representation in the research council board, says Education and Research Minister Kristin Clemet.
The Norwegian government plans to wait for the re-organisation of the research council before they decide on the amount of Sami representation in the research council board, says Education and Research Minister Kristin Clemet.

President of the Samidiggi (Sami parliament equivalent) from 1989 to 1997, professor Ole Henrik Magga, dislikes the fact that white paper on higher Sami education and research presented May 31st 2002 does not mention the possibility of increased Sami representation in the Research Council of Norway. Minister of Research and Education, Kristin Clemet, defends this by referring to the heavy re-organisation of the research council.

On the other hand, the white paper does state that the University of Tromsø will be given national responsibility of Sami related research, education and information. The Sami University College in Kautokeino will be given national responsibility of Sami language and duodji (arts and crafts), including master and doctoral degrees.

Recruitment to Sami research will be strengthened through scholarships from the Research Council and through rectruitment positions at the institutions. The Research Council‘s programme for Sami Research will also be strengthened.
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