During Monday's election of a new rector of Masaryk University in Brno (MU) were both at first and in the second round of voting two cast invalid votes. It was the votes of the representatives of the Student Chamber of the Academic Senate (AS) George Nantl from the Faculty of Social Studies and Erika Cahy Faculty of Science. Questions concerning the termination of mandates as well as the senatorial election atmosphere reigning in the academic community answered him Deputy Higher Education Council section. George Nantl.
** During Monday's election of a new rector of Masaryk University in Brno (MU) were both at first and in the second round of voting two cast invalid votes. It was the votes of the representatives of the Student Chamber of the Academic Senate (AS) George Nantl from the Faculty of Social Studies and Erika Cahy Faculty of Science. Their mandate, as noted leadership election of the Rector Anna CSc disappeared as a result of passing the state test masters. Although both senators were soon admitted to graduate school, avoid the collision with the first paragraph of the eighth recital in the election and the Rules of Procedure of the Academic Senate of MU, which states that membership of the Senate shall expire at the end of the MU action or components, for which he was a member of the Senate elected.
Questions concerning the termination of mandates as well as the senatorial election atmosphere reigning in the academic community answered him Deputy Higher Education Council section. George Nantl .**
** When you hear that your Senators' mandate is invalid, and you can not actively participate in elections of the Rector? ** About a quarter of an hour before the hearing. On the other hand, since January of known information, that I finished my master's degree and immediately was admitted to the doctorate, and a quarter of the year it did not constitute a problem. When I was Senate this issue touched upon, I offered myself that I will not participate in the election that was questionable.
** It is such a termination of the mandate of the Senators of MU common practice or is it a precedent? ** The interpretation, which attracted some of my colleagues, is strictly and formally correct, but nobody at the university did not apply. It was a common practice for senators who switched from one form to another study, remained in the Senate. Formally, this decision can only criticize the timing. They notify us first, so that faculty could hold elections.
** De facto, therefore, is a hole in the election, and Senate Rules of Procedure, which will be treated? ** The Higher Education Act binds the exercise of the mandate for membership in the academic community. If we in our electoral regulations of the Academic Senate had just taken from the provisions of this Act, no problem would not have. I think this should somehow be treated at least in the direction that the membership of the Senate has not made the study of a particular faculty, but to function within the academic community of the University.
** Do you think that the loss of seats could adversely affect the course of Monday's election? ** This is not because the election of the Rector is necessary to get 24 votes. Even if the two of us voted for none of the candidates gained enough votes because, as Professor. Wechsler and Professor. Fiala received only 18 votes. The problem is probably somewhere else. Part of the senators might see Professor Fiala candidate Zlatuška Rector, who joined his nomination. It's the wrong vision, because the professor's candidacy. Fiala was initiated by the Rector Zlatuška. Professor Zlatuška have felt obliged to support the candidate, who considered it the best potential of the Rector. Some of the Senate but could then be seen Monday's vote on the election as rector Zlatuška. In this election, but does not stand a professor Zlatuska.
** It should be rector Zlatuska the question of selecting a preferred holding you back? ** It should assess mainly himself, but no doubt the current Rector, as each member of the academic community has a right to express its position. The role of the Academic Senate – and that is its most important function – but choose a new president. Every sensible man must be absolutely clear, that for six years a certain way the university can not be erased and the next major task will be to maintain a substantive Rector of the continuity and functioning of the university in order to promote and develop the good things which are being built, and to avoid any damage that may arise from past or future errors. With Schmidt and Zlatuškovým reforms, the university was in fact the most dynamic universities in the country and currently has a higher scientific and educational potential than the Charles University. There is no doubt that a strong university needs a strong Chancellor, who would it be able to defend and promote its interests.
** You could say that Monday's vote was a revolt against the chancellor of the Medical Faculty Zlatuška? ** As for medical school, is currently faculty at the University nejzávislejší because it builds on campus, the funding in the coming years, loads of all faculties. After all, the minutes of its Academic Senate, where he was nominated professor. Wechsler, also admitted that this is the struggle of the Medical Faculty of place in the sun, and therefore propose its candidate. Medicine is traditionally part of the University for which is apparently a candidate for nomination as a matter of prestige. The revolt, if you say so, against the current rector, but was more significant than for other medical faculties.
** Who are the allies of the Faculty of Medicine at the Rectorate campaign? ** I do not know, because the choice is secret. But due to the fact that Professor. Wechsler received eighteen votes and the Faculty of Medicine alone has five senators, it means it is supported by thirteen senators elsewhere. Support doc. Wechsler can go across faculties as well as in certain limited faculties. But I find it unnecessary to speculate.
** What is your prognosis as regards the third round of the election of the Rector? ** I am not able to tell. In the interest of the University of doubt is to be elected chancellor. And as I mentioned, the university when the campus will be built, it needs a rector, who upholds the outside, especially in the event that occurred in the construction schedule problems. But it's not just the campus. Although we are a little more university students per teacher on average, than would have been good, Masaryk University is among the best universities in terms of so-called specific research (scientific activities involving students).
** It would be, what lack of lecturers and professors are concerned, better support of Professor Wechsler, who is professor of habilitation and recovery management directly in its election program? ** Habilitation and Professorship management can not exist unless it is accredited. And it's a problem not so much the university as a large part of intercollegiate policy, habilitation and professorship as approved by the Scientific Council. In order for someone to become a professor, he needs the support of academics from the competing schools, and thinking there is sometimes a little difficult. Professor Wechsler as head of the surgical clinic comes from the workplace, which is half outside the university. So, logically, must be his eyes look different than the professor. Fiala. Certainly the leadership skills, because the clinic is well kept. On the other hand, if I know, never served in any institution of higher education policy nationally. He was a university senator and I do not know if it was sometimes eg. member of the Scientific Council of the University, which I perceive as a disability of any of the Rector.
** Where do you see weaknesses in the electoral program of Professor Fiala? ** Professor position. Fiala is a complex that represents the discipline in which the university has traditionally been represented, and is also dean of the young and relatively small faculty. As for his program, maybe its strengths in terms of content may be weaknesses in terms of choice. Prof. Fiala brings a real perspective on college and offer concrete solutions, but also challenges, and not all of it is pleasant, not everything is easy listening.
** Going to the conclusion once again to your Senators' mandate: you know already, who on Monday will take over your Senators and Cahův mandate? ** AFAIK, the Senate FSS has met and announced election, and if anyone else logs on, I had to exercise senatorial functions return myself. Senate FSS asked me to recommend and academia, to confirm my mandate. Similarly, it is likely to be even Cahy colleagues.
** Thank you for the interview .**
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