The Wageningen UR central representative council (COR) is not yet prepared to agree to the plan in which the A&F (Agrotechnology & Food Innovations) institute would be subsumed under the university. The COR wants to see a decent business plan first.
Dr Gerrit Bruin, head of the COR: ‘It is not that we oppose a plan that includes a rigorous shake-up of an institute. It is clear that something needs to happen at A&F, it’s not without reason that there has been a 17 million loss over the last five years. But the plan as it stands has no firm foundation.’
The representative council of A&F declared itself absolutely opposed to the plan to close down the institute, saying that the financial problems had been caused by the ministry of agriculture investing less and less in technological research. The A&F researchers are successful in the research market. The central representative council agrees with this interpretation as well. The ministry is not paying enough attention to technology. ‘It is the task of the executive board to make this clear to the ministry of agriculture,’ the council writes in its memorandum.
Dr Arie Bent, chair of the A&F representative council is relieved that the central representative council has not agreed to closing down the institute. ‘We would have like to seen some harder conditions being laid down. It’s still somewhat open-ended in its formulation.’ The executive council has indicated that ‘it will do its best to accommodate requirements’ of the central representative council. / KV