A session of the Pomeranian Voivodeship Rectors Council, attended by Deputy Prime Minister Jarosław Gowin, Minister of Science and Higher Education, was held at Gdańsk University of Technology. The minister addressed issues regarding particular solutions expected by the scientific community and answered questions considering the new Law on Higher Education and Science, focusing on changes the universities will have to introduce in 2019. Rectors, vice-rectors, deans and vice-deans from the entire region, as well as GUT rector plenipotentiaries participated in the meeting.
"I am here to listen, to learn about the problems you encounter while introducing the legal act and particular regulations", the minister assured while thanking Prof. Jacek Namieśnik, the GUT Rector, for inviting him to the meeting. Jarosław Gowin also referred to costs incurred and evaluation costs liable, as well as described the most important amendments to the new law, stressing that they all stem from numerous consultations.
"The majority of evaluative solutions are to remain intact, but a certain number of detailed amendments will be issued", the minister announced, naming the most important changes, such as the weight of given evaluation criteria for technical and agricultural universities (publications and patents – 50, cost effects – 35, social influence – 15), using the Polish language in humanities or lowering the income criterion.
A lot of attention was devoted to the controversial lists of scientific journals, criticized by the community.
"In my opinion the list is an imperfect instrument, nevertheless if our aim is to eliminate unprofessional journals and limit pseudoscientific publications, some sort of register is required. This is only the first step", Jarosław Gowin claimed.
Up-to-date information related to introducing the new Law on Higher Education and Science at Gdańsk University of Technology (in Polish) can be found at https://pg.edu.pl/ustawa2.0.