It agrees with the majority of the bill, but proposes a greater inclusion of socio-economics and civil society. Six points of criticism were manifested by the Luxembourgish Chamber of Commerce concerning the new university reform that is planned to enter into force for August 2018. The reform focuses on the governance of the institution.
The reforming bill has been passed after the former rector Rainer Klump lost control over the budget and resigned his position in May 2017.
According to the passed bill, the university rector will no longer be elected by the government. The administrative director and the financial director will leave the rector committee to join the governance council. The number of members in the council will increase from 7 to 9, out of which 5 must be academic staff. The new reform thus promises a clearer governing structure and a greater autonomy.
In general, the Chamber of Commerce supported the bill but said that some details needed to be rectified. The chamber questioned the newly founded “management centre for academic education”, which didn’t consult the professional chambers as their partners. Moreover, the Chamber anticipated an internal imbalance due to an underrepresentation of private sector actors in the governing council which would consists of more than 50% academics.
Other points of criticism focused on the absence of a device validating acquired experience and the missing changes on the accreditation programme in regard to other graduate institutions. Finally, the chamber denounced the document overall, saying it focused too much on educational organisation rather than a legislative structure.