APUL – The Association of Professors of the University of Luxembourg
Minutes from the Annual General Meeting 2017
Tuesday, 20th June 2017, Black Box, MSH, Campus Belval
Present: F. Anton, I. Behrmann, J. Billieux, R. Bisdorff, P. Bouvry, J.-L. Bueb, A. Fickers, R. Harmsen, W. Haslehner, M. Hesse, L. Heuschling, St. Maas, Ch. Max, A. Melzer, B. Nienaber, M. Pauly, P. Ryan, J. Schiltz, J.-M. Schlenker, M. Schlichenmaier, B. Steenis, G. Steffgen, N. Teferle, M. Uhrmacher, J. Van Bommel, P. Esteva-Verissimo, Fr. Viti, E. Weydert,
Excused: R. Baustert, A. Binsfeld, M. Cole, I. De Saint-Georges, O. Francis, N. Guelfi, P. Heuschling, Fr. Hofmann, A. Hübner, A, Irmen, St. Kloster, S. Kmec, O. Kohns, St. Kreis, J. Lagerwall, U. von Lilienfeld-Toal, S. Mauw, N. Navet, I. Nourdin, A. Pantaza, H. Parlier, J. Pavlik, P. Plapper, E. Poillot, Ph. Poirier, I. Schandeler, Chr. Schommer, Chr. Schulz, M. Theobald, G. Tripathi, L. Van der Torre, G. Wiese, L. Wirtz, J. Vanderwalt, C. Vögele.
The meeting starts at: 17h10
1) Reporting the past APUL activities
a) Despite planning in Autumn 2016 for organising a public APUL event around the forthcoming project of revision of the UL law, no action could be completed, partly due to institutional work overload of the APUL chair, but partly also due to the outbreak of the actual governance and administration crisis.
b) The APUL secretary, for his part, reports from his observer position in the Governing Board, and more specifically about the apparent changes happening in the Board meetings since the new President arrived. Also, he mentions the request he got from the UL Communication department to replace the rectorate in the Radio 100,7 show “Riicht Eraus: En neit Gesetz fir eng besser Uni ?“, facing Minister Marc Hansen and MP Martine Hansen, on Saturday, June 17, 2017.
c) The FLSHASE Vice-Chair mentions the publication of a paper contribution in the monthly FORUM 374 (June 2017) edition.
2) Renewal of the APUL executive officers
- Chair: Elise Poillot (proposer: W. Haslehner, seconder: J. Schiltz)
Motivation letter from colleague Elise Poillot, professor in civil law at the FDEF.
- Vice-chair FDEF: Werner Haslehner (proposer: R. Bisdorff, seconder: A. Fickers)
- Vice-chair: FLSHASE: Markus Hesse (proposer: M. Pauly, seconder: B. Nienaber)
- Treasurer: Jang Schiltz (proposer: R. Bisdorff, seconder: A. Fickers)
R. Bisdorff’s motion to make, as there is a unique nominee for each office, a non confidential bulk election, finds unanimous support. The nominees are elected unanimously by the assembly.
3) UL governance crisis and the revision of the UL law
A lively discussion starts about a text proposal (voir la contribution à la discussion d’un groupe de professeurs) concerning both the ongoing governance crisis as well as the forthcoming UL Law revision (voir le projet de loi 7132 du 8 mai 2017 ayant pour objet l’organisation de l’Université du Luxebourg: pages 1-63 et pages 64 – 104).
Following eventually a recommedation by colleague Harmsen, it is decided to prepare, in a first step, a concise, one page positional text (A) about the very missions of the UL from the professors’ perspective. In a second step, taking text (A) as motivation, formal amendments of the present law revision project with commentaries will be elaborated and disseminated inside and outside the UL, in particular to the State Counsel members and the relevant Parliament Commission members.
To proceeed quickly with this undertaking, following colleagues agreed to join in a task force: R. Bisdorff (B), R. Harmsen, L. Heuschling, Ch. Max, M. Pauly (B), J.-M. Schlenker, M. Schlichenmaier (A), and Fr. Viti. Other colleagues, who would like to join in the task force, are most welcome. Same, in case you would like to otherwise express your opinions, comments and suggestions, please contact the APUL executive.
The AGM ends at: 18h35
Minutes prepared by R. Bisdorff