More funding for research and education
No stone will be left unturned when Administration also seeks to release funding for research and education.
More than 200 employees attended the open meeting in the Georg Sverdrup building on 18 November to hear the University Director talk of the plans for development of the Administration.
– Our Administration team has to be prepared for new tasks and we have to constantly question whether we are achieving good management, stated University Director Gunn-Elin Aa. Bjørneboe. She went on to make reference to the process involving the review of the University of Oslo's professional portfolio and the priorities made therein. It is now the turn of the Administration to review all areas.
"We have to challenge one another and take on a more comprehensive perspective", explained gunn-Elin Aa. Bjørneboe
The message conveyed during the meeting was clear – there will be no redundancies. However, a thorough evaluation will be required every time there is a vacancy to be filled. Moreover, evaluations are required of a number of areas where there is the potential to reduce utilisation of economic resources.
– We have to think big but also act small, continued the University Director.
10 million in 2012
The first amendment will be made in 2012. The Director, together with her management team, has proposed a cut of NOK 10 million from the Administration budget. This is 1.4 percent of the operating budget. The budget distribution for Administration in 2012 will be discussed with the different organisations.
Additional amendments totalling close to NOK 50 million will be discussed during a budget seminar for Academic Directors and Section Heads in the middle of February. The employee representatives will also take part in this process.
Manifest message from the University Board
The University Director emphasised that the University Board has explicitly resolved: The goal for the IHR project (rethinking administration at the University of Oslo) is to develop the University into a dynamic organisation and to generate opportunities for improvements to efficiency and quality. It is estimated that the result achieved by the end of 2013 will be in the range from 10 to 30 percent.