Things may not be as they seem, they are sure to simmer down. This seems to be true for the Executive Boardos Chair Plan, in which nearly twenty chairs at WAU are due to be cut. Most of the chairs in the plan will disappear through natural wastage when the professor in place leaves in the near future. The few chairs which are hold by younger professors including Salomon Kroonenberg, Rory Post and Udo Perdok, will partially disappear, and the university is looking for possibilities to maintain the professors in another position within WAU.
The most dramatic cutbacks in WAUos history, presented in the Masterplan last week, were prepared by the university administration, after the Board gathered in a quiet place called Teuven in October 1994 to contemplate the university's future. The Board first intended to cut its budget for education by 8.5 million guilders. However, when the Dutch government demanded that the university cutbacks be combined with the assurance of an improvement in educational quality from the universities, the Board had to lower the cutback to 4.7 million.
Despite the recent flooding, Holland has a lack of (clean) water. Groundwater levels are decreasing, because farmers and industrial companies use so much water in their production processes, and Dutch households are not lowering their water use. This is despite the fact that the government is looking for new technologies whereby water would be used more economically. It should therefore focus on alternatives, concludes WAU graduate Bas van Vliet. Why not sell clean water for human consumption in bottles and use surface water for the shower and washing machine? The water companies however are not eager to do so: they want to sell as much clean water as possible.
The European Union wants to integrate the eastern European economies of Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Rumania and Bulgaria into their Common Market for political reasons. The protection of agricultural production within the EU should be lifted to a large extent, to provide Eastern-European farmers with the opportunity to enter the market. This is the conclusion of several reports, presented by the Dutch Socio-Economic Council and European Commissioner Leon Brittain.