Report condemns chaos in Greenland

April 7, 1995

A dispute over the administration of the University of Greenland remains unresolved after a year.

Greenland's government gave the university council until last October to propose ways of improving conditions which were described in a report last year by PLS Consult, a Danish consultancy, prepared for the government, as "unstable and turbulent". That deadline was postponed by three months, and the university council expected last October that it would be able to issue its own constructive proposals about the future law governing the University of Greenland before the end of the year.

Robert Petersen, the university's rector, says proposals for a new administrative law have been submitted to interested parties for an opinion, and that the law itself should be laid before the elected assembly at its meeting in May.

The university's three institutes - administration, culture and society, and Greenland affairs - were said to have waged war on each other, a number of tutors have left under dramatic circumstances, and the vice chancellor has been accused of not living up to his duties.

Located at Nuuk (Godthaab), on Greenland's southwestern coast, the university has 85 undergraduates, plus 12 students on a course common to the three institutes. It has about 14 staff.

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