Wetenschap - 4 september 1997

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English Summary

English Summary
  • The new WAU Executive Board was presented at the opening ceremony of the academic year. Chairman Cees Veerman argued in his speech that the trend towards specialisation and a lack of synthesis in science make it increasingly difficult for the University to address the questions posed by and expectations of modern society. He therefore pleaded in favour of integration of scientific knowledge, the development of new paradigms and more emphasis on tackling practical problems in agriculture
  • Rector Cees Karssen's aim for the coming years is to double the number of MSc and PhD students in Wageningen. International courses and theses benefit international students in the first place, argued Karssen, but Dutch society can also benefit from educating new ambassadors for Wageningen. The Dutch government should therefore invest more in the export of knowledge, explained the Rector
  • Dutch Minister of Agriculture Jozias van Aartsen also gave a speech to mark the start of the academic year. He explained that the Dutch pig breeding sector, which faces a veterinary crisis at the moment, should pay much more attention to consumer demands and conditions in both the processing industry and the retail sector. Production will be regulated through contracts between companies, because public awareness concerning this issue is growing. If the pig breeding sector is unable to regain public confidence, it will disappear, the minister stated
  • The Department of Plant Sciences at the University should be reorganised, according to the advice of an external committee, headed by the former director of the institutes for agricultural research, Koen Verhoeff. One of the criticisms of the committee concerns the insufficient quality of a large number of the staff in this department. The chairs in Horticulture and Crop & Grassland Sciences should be changed to make way for chairs in Open Cultivation and Closed Cultivation. The Forestry and Ecological Agriculture Sectors should be reorganised without changing the teaching commitments. The Departments of Crop Protection and Botany receive good marks and face few recommendations for change as far as their research policy is concerned. The University Board will draw up a plan for cutbacks arising from this evaluation next week

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