Debate in Politiken concerning university economy - 08.05.2012
The Professors Birger Lindberg Møller, Eske Willerslev and Thue W. Schwartz from University of Copenhagen contribute to the debate on university economics.
Several media have brought stories of the universities swimming in money. Minister of education Morten Østergaard (R) was immediately 'surprised', 'looked at the matter with seriousness' and said the figures show that universities have enough money. However, it was later revealed that half of university equity is based on 'paper money' and bricks, which can not be used for research or education.
"University savings is a poor protection against politicians short-termed Stop-Go economy".
Long-term investments are necessary. This applies both to the construction of new buildings as well as to major investments such as a Center of Metabolics, a GeoGenetikCenter, Copenhagen Plant Science Centre and the Niels Bohr Science Park. But also for the infrastructure, ie. newly created positions for researchers and technical personnel, facilities, construction of laboratories and classrooms. These efforts are needed to prevent that Danish researchers move abroad and to attract the best international scientific names.
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