Possible cut of 70 percent in research budgets

25.03.2003
The University of Oslo has proposed a new model for distributing the research budget between the faculties. This model may deprive certain faculties of up to 70 percent of their research budgets.
The University of Oslo has proposed a new model for distributing the research budget between the faculties. This model may deprive certain faculties of up to 70 percent of their research budgets.

The university newspaper Universitas reports that the University of Oslo in a new report proposes that the quantity and quality of research publications produced at the faculty should determine the size of the research budget for each faculty. Research publications in Norwegian will not be counted in this system.

At the Faculty of Research, many of the publications are in Norwegian. Faculty director Bjørnar Sarnes says that the university‘s proposal does not take into consideration that certain academic environments have stronger national connections than others.

Rector Arild Underdal thinks that it is possible to take this national connection into consideration but he reckons that this situation is not particular to the Faculty of Education. According to the report, too few Norwegian research projects fulfil the international quality norms. The report states that assessing quantity and quality of publications will promote internationalisation of Norwegian research.

State secretary Bjørn Haugstad og the Ministry of Education and Research says the Ministry will benefit from the proposal even at national level.
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