Visit of the Minister of Education, Science and Sports prof. Maja Makovec Brenčič at ARRS
The Minister of Education, Science and Sports, prof. Maja
Makovec Brenčič and State Secretary, dr. Tomaž Boh visited the ARRS on Monday,
the 26th of October 2015. Fist part of the visit has been dedicated to
discussion with the director of the ARRS, prof. József Györkös, the president of
the Governing Board, prof. Rado Bohinc and heads of units.
The minister underlined the motivation for strengthened
cooperation among the ministry and the ARRS in pursuing the Slovenian key policy
orientation – enhancement of excellence. Furthermore, the minister called upon
the ARRS to take an active role in spurring collaboration, enhancing
international cooperation and supporting objective-oriented activities.
»We strive towards the enhancement of excellence«
Minister prof. Maja Makovec Brenčič underlining the key
Slovenian policy orientation in the field of science.
The director of the ARRS expressed support to efforts
undertaken by the ministry to regain the positive trend of budgetary financing.
As a primary short-term objective, the director highlighted the importance of
gradual implementation of systemic changes suggested by the Steering Board,
established earlier this year.
The president of the Governing Board underlined the
importance of quality and financial controls, and designing of appropriate
indicators for policy-making levels, as well as for monitoring of its
The minister met with members of the ARRS Scientific Council
in the second part of the visit. The president, prof. Marko Topič introduced the
intensive work undertaken by the council on proposed systemic changes to the
ARRS’s rules of procedures and shared some current reflections of the council.
The Minister of Education, Science and
Sports, prof. Maja Makovec Brenčič and State Secretary, dr. Tomaž Boh with the
director of the ARRS, presidents of ARRS’s Governing Board and Scientific
Council, and members of the Scientific Council
The minister drew attention of the council members to the
concept of open science, proactively advocated by the European Commission and
underlined efforts made by the ministry towards increasing internationalisation
of Slovenian science.