This article presents an overview of some of the documents that will be discussed during NTNU’s Board meeting 27 February 2012. The full version of all documents is available here (in Norwegian).
On 1st August 2013, NTNU will enter a new 4-year leadership period. The whole Board of directors including its leader, the Rector, Vice-Rectors, Deans and institute leaders will be elected or appointed. Rector Torbjørn Digernes and the Chairman of the university Board, Marit Arnstad, have been sitting in their position for 8 years, the maximum period admitted under Norwegian laws and will thus inevitably be replaced.
In 2005, NTNU adopted a model where the Rector and Vice-rectors are appointed by the Board for a period of 4 year, in opposition to being elected. In this model, it is the Ministry of Education and Research who designate the Chairman of the Board, also for a 4 year period. This model appears to be generally supported by employees and students. A similar structure exist at the faculty level, where the Deans are appointed and where the faculty Boards include external members. There are different practices at the institute level.
During the upcoming academic year starting in August 2013, the Board will announce the different positions, receive and assess applications, and appoint the new generation of NTNU leaders.
The Director of Organization and Information, an important figure within the Rector’s organisation team, has indicated he would like to be replaced in his position starting 1st September 2012, see UA article (in Norwegian). The Rector proposes to take this opportunity to simplify the name for the position to “Organisation Director” while maintaining the same functions, namely to be responsible for personnel, information, health safety and environment and IT at NTNU. The Board is asked to give the Rector authority to announce the position.
In 2011, NTNU adopted a new strategy for 2011-2020, “Knowledge for a better world” , and a new international action plan which are to help the university reach its goals of becoming internationally outstanding. Internationalisation; health, environment and safety (HMS); and doctoral education were all important theme in 2011. A new internal areal renting model has also been discussed and will most probably be approved in 2012. The coming year will also see work related to the development of new strategic goals, indicators of performance and on how subventions are distributed within the university.
Work to define renewed priority areas for NTNU’s academic activities is taking place since October 2011. NTNU is to update its priority areas and adapt its activities to fulfil the new goals which should be in place before 2014. These renewed priority areas are developed by NTNU’s leaders, with a number of meetings planned between the faculties’ Deans to discuss the issue. NTNU’s rector highlights that a university with a main profile in pure and applied sciences should have a strong emphasis to develop enabling technologies, especially in the field of nanotechnologies, biotechnologies, material technologies and information technologies.
In 2011, NTNU worked actively to abide by 17 injunctions from the Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority. NTNU is also working towards setting up local working environment committees at the faculty level in order to help the central working environment committee in faculty specific HMS issues. Furthermore, NTNU recently inaugurated a new electronic system to report incidents related to health, safety and working environment. This system is yet to be translated to English – see the Norwegian version here.
Last year focus was to reduce the share of NTNU’s savings in its total budget. This follows an earlier decision by the Board to keep NTNU’s savings within 5% to 10% of state subventions. NTNU’s total incomes for 2011 were of 5240 mil kr. More than half was used to pay salaries and social cost.
An idea and conceptual document on a future innovation centre which will have the mission to bring private and public organisations closer to the knowledge developed at NTNU is presented before the Board.