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Meritocracy and models of HEI governance in Latvia before “Latvian University Act 2007”, experience of the University of LatviaIvars Lacis

Pictures of Pablo Picasso and Henry Matisse fromwww.allposters.com

  • The Stage, a bit of perceptual thinking
  • Excerpts from Oxford’s UNI White paper
  • History of meritocracy in Latvian HEI
  • Congregation, Senate and Rector in the University of Latvia
  • Collegial University and professionals in administration
  • Council in the “University Act 2007”
  • Blue dream
  • Cubism, crowding effect, final remarks
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Pictures of Pablo Picasso and Henry Matisse fromwww.allposters.com

  • What is the role of the Governing Body in a university striving for excellence?
  • What is the mission of the Governing Body – managing an institution or managing change?
  • How can we create systems for resource reallocation?
  • How to strike a productive balance between the Board and Vice Chancellor?

Excerpt from Allan Larson on Governing bodies of HEI, OECD seminar in Paris

all pictures of pablo picasso and henry matisse are from www allposters com
All pictures of Pablo Picasso and Henry Matisse are from -www.allposters.com

What do businesses need today? A new way of thinking that opens a door they didn’t even know existed. A way of thinking that seeks a solution to an intractable problem through unorthodox methods or elements that would normally be ignored by logical thinking. They need Lateral Thinking.

Edward de Bono

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Perceptual thinking is extremely important. Yet we have made no effort in education to teach perception. We have believed that teaching logic was enough and this would ensure good perception. This is totally false. Goedel\'s theorem shows that from within a system you can never logically prove the starting points. The starting points are arbitrary perceptions and values.

Edward de Bono

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Creative thinking is not a talent; it’s a skill that can be learned. It empowers people by adding strength to their natural abilities, which improves creativity and innovation, which leads to increased productivity and profit. Today, better quality and better service are essential, but they are not enough. Creativity and innovation are the only engines that will drive lasting, global success.

Edward de Bono

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Governance, decision making and recent changes of the governance in Oxford’s University
  • Bicameralism: Council with lay members, lay Chairperson and Academic Board
  • The Nominations Committee and competence of the Council
  • Committees of the Council: Audit & Scrutiny, Finance, Investment and Remuneration
  • Financial integrity and sound planning are central to the achievement of the University’s academic goals
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Roots of meritocracy in the University of Latvia, selection, merit and powers
  • Academic tradition and challenges of freedom
  • Extensive growth of study programs, student admission, Faculties and the University
  • New roles and identities of professors
  • Administration by half time academics
  • Law of HEI, growth of private initiative and merit
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Congregation – “Satversmes sapulce” the main sovereign body of the University
  • Constitution – “ Satversme” and running items of every day life, e.g., Faculty board
  • University Board – “Senats” as the small parliament
  • Composition and responsibilities of legally non existing rectorate – “Universitates vadiba”
  • Delegation of critical powers and practical action examples
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Collegial University with 13 Faculties and legally independent research Institutes
  • Strategic development plan and administration reform of year 2001
  • Dean and Administrative director of the Faculty as compensatory tool for part time academics
  • Experience with rector – dean budget agreement as a way towards performance accountability
  • Chancellor in the University of Latvia and the way from profit toward cost centers
http www le ac uk researchleader
http://www.le.ac.uk/researchleader/
  • Brief history of Latvian University Act 2007
  • Council and Congregation, problem of size phenomenon and competence of laymen
  • Concil – Rector - University Board
  • Support structures and framework for scientific excellence
  • On-Line Leadership development program for the Principal Investigators, UK example
  • What is missing?
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Like Oxford’s University we all are looking for: ‘a Scholarly community based on mutual respect and shared responsibilities’ which cherishes academic freedom, and its commitment to subsidiarity, disciplinary diversity, parity of esteem and collegiality. /Oxford’s White Paper on University Governance/
  • Are our challenges only in Governance change, clever law, or we should try to perceive all of the staff differently, as de Bono suggests?
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