More resources for research in Norway?

25.11.2003
In a press release the Norwegian minister of Education and research, Kristin Clemet, says that it will be demanding but not impossible to reach the OECD level of research in 2005. -Norwegian development these past few years gives us a reason to be optimistic, Clemet says. Researchers in NIFU do not share her optimism.
In a press release the Norwegian minister of Education and research, Kristin Clemet, says that it will be demanding but not impossible to reach the OECD level of research in 2005.
-Norwegian development these past few years gives us a reason to be optimistic, Clemet says. Researchers in NIFU do not share her optimism.

The minister uses number from the Norwegian Research Council showing that joint Norwegian research efforts can reach 2 percent of GDP in 2004.

During spring 2005 Norway‘s Government will present a white paper on research concerning status and future objectives for Norwegian research policy.

-In this white paper the Government will establish a new level of ambition for Nroway‘s R&D efforts. In this regard, we have to consider the international development. THe EU countries have decided to increase their research efforts to 3 percent of GDP by 2010. We obciously have to consider this objective, Kristin Clemet states.

In order to recruit the best candidates for research the Government launches initiatives like increase of number of PhD positions and establishment of centres of excellence. The Governments also wants to invest in more scientific equipment and offer scholarships to the best candidates.

Contrary to the minister‘s optimism, results from Norwegian Institute for Studies in Research and higher Education (NIFU) indicate that Norway‘s spending on research sank from 1999 to 2001. the other Nordic countries increased their investments in research in the same period. Researcher Hans Skoie of NIFU says to Research Nordic that the main reason for this situation may be that Norwegian private sector does not invest as much in research as do their Nordic counterparts. Norway went from 1.65 of GDP in 1999 to 1,60 percent in 2001, whereas Sweden in the same period went from 3,42 to 4,28 percent of GDP to research, Research Nordic reports.
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