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Celebratory speeches and naked power

“A merger will contribute to an ongoing process that is eroding workplace democracy at the university in favour of a neoliberal agenda,” Michael Jones argues in this essay. 

Will the academic spring reach Norway?

The ‘New University’ protests in Amsterdam, with similar initiatives in the UK, Canada, and Denmark have awakened students and scholars to the increasingly neoliberal management of academic institutions. While these types of changes have been implemented more gradually in Norway, discussions around increased commodification of knowledge and weakening university democracy are nevertheless on the rise.

“Tjora kjemper ikke alene. Han har mange bak seg.”

“Når Universitetsavisa inviterer til holmgang mellom Aksel Tjora og rektor Gunnar Bovim, gir det både inntrykk av et jevnt styrkeforhold mellom to likestilte meningsmotstandere, og en personifisering av fusjonskonflikten. Begge deler er feil,” skriver leserbrevforfatterne i dette innlegget, hvor de går kraftig i rette meed rektor. 

Time to acknowledge the elephant in the room

How democratic a merger? Wednesday 25. Minister of Education Torbjørn Røe Isaksen will be presenting his plans for the upcoming merger process of Norwegian universities. This process is top-down, the four PhDs argues.

“Academic Rights Watch – Sweden”
“Når det blir legitimt å gjøre det politiske personlig”, Elise Farstad Djupedal (Dusken.no 28.04.2015)
“Ledere og ansatte i hver sin verden”
, debatt (Universitetsavisa 22.04.2015)
“Vivit vostra civitas”, Henrik Dahl (Dusken.no 22.04.2015)
“LSE students stage occupation in protest at “profit-driven education””, Universitetet i Trondheim (FB 21.04.2015)
“Students worldwide fight back