Wetenschap - 19 november 1998

English Summary

English Summary

English Summary
The WAU is to face major cutbacks in the next four years, due to the decreasing budget from the Ministry of Agriculture. The University will have to fire nearly three hundred employees, in order to save thirty million guilders by the year 2002. Among the redundancies are 25 chair holders along with their research groups. The educational programmes for Rural Development Studies, Tropical Land Use, Household and Consumer Studies and Environmental Science will disappear. The extensive reorganisations and cutbacks were presented in the university business plan this week
It is especially the socio-economic sciences of the WAU that will suffer under the plan. The two chairs in agrarian law and four of the six sociological chairs will be phased out. Among the chair holders who will have to leave are Franz von Benda-Beckmann (Law), Patricia Howard-Borjas (Gender Studies) and Paul Richards (Agrarian Development). The chairs of Ari Kuyvenhoven (Development Economics) and Linden Vincent (Irrigation) are also under pressure - their chairs will disappear and they will have to apply, in open competition, for a new chair. In total, the number of WAU chairs will be reduced by 25 percent
The business plan selects 49 of the present one hundred chairs as key chairs for the university. Chairs and chair groups that are not directly linked to educational programmes or/and graduate schools, are to be dismantled. Apart from the 25 chair holders, nearly two hundred scientists in the WAU departments face redundancy. The central administration and support services of the university will be reduced by ten percent, causing 55 redundancies
The university will also limit its educational programmes and courses. Over a period of four years the present sixteen programmes will be reduced to twelve. The first three years, the BSc period, will consist of the broad and basic programmes. The next two years, the MSc, will be given in English to Dutch as well as international students. The present MSc courses for the international students will merge with the Dutch specialisations, which will be reduced from 78 to 57
According to the business plan, the WAU will continue or even strengthen its practical and interdisciplinary approach in the educational programmes. The lecturers will give less lectures, but will invest more time in supporting the students during their self-study. The use of information technologies to establish distance learning and tailor-made education will be stimulated
The business plan will be discussed within the university in the coming month

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