The WUR Executive Board wants to start appointing a new type of professor. The new title will be for professors from other universities who work in Wageningen one day a week for five years.
The plan is intended to intensify collaboration with other universities. The board hopes to recruit professors who add expertise in the Wageningen domain that doesn’t overlap with existing expertise in the Wageningen chair groups. Rector Arthur Mol wants to appoint two such professors per year for the next five years. They will be appointed for an FTE of 0.2 with the right to award PhDs.
The proposal allows for Wageningen chair holders to nominate professors from other universities. The rector and the director of the science group involved will then assess the nomination before an appointments committee assesses the candidate. The idea of these appointments is to realize the strategic plan objective of ‘finding answers together’. The board has put the plan to the WUR Council, which is likely to ratify it, says board member Joost van Opheusden.