Πολύ ενδιαφέροντα τα παρακάτω άρθρα στο Nature για τη Ρουμανία και τη Βουλγαρία:
Τα τεκταινόμενα στη Ρουμανία είναι ιδαίτερα ενδιαφέροντα για μας. Μερικά αποσπάσματα:
«In a drive to improve the standard of Romanian science, the government last week approved a hard-won law that enforces strict quality control on universities and introduces tough rules for funding evaluation and peer review.
Crucially, the country is introducing legislation to ensure the new funding is spent well. Research and education minister Daniel Funeriu, a former research chemist who spent most of his adult life abroad, championed an extensive and detailed education law that brings nearly all aspects of university governance, academic hiring practices, evaluation and guidelines for good scientific practice — complete with penalties for academic misdemeanours — into line with other European countries.
The law expressly forbids nepotistic appointments, and also bars rectors from concurrently holding other positions of power that may pose a conflict of interest, such as being a member of parliament.
As the Romanian government has noted, a poorly performing science base cannot be fixed by just throwing money at it: regulations need to ensure that the money is well used. But in the same way, reforms are pointless if budgets are so restricted that little serious research can be performed — as is now the case in Bulgaria.»
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