Last week, Hanne Solheim Hansen, Vice Chancellor of North University, presented a proposal to close the departments of Nesna and Sandnessjøen.
That made a big commitment.
The director also proposes that most of the university's activity in Namsos, in addition to various study areas in Steinkjer, be transferred.
– If you remove the university, you will eventually remove some of the departments and services from the hospital and. Maybe not immediately, but in time it disappears. It rains, says Bjarne Brøndbo.
Tuesday evening, D.D.E. for a free concert in protest against the proposal of the Rector of the North. About six thousand spectators met. It also did the 14 Namdal rapporteurs and the Steinkjer mayor. Never before have so many been gathered at the Festplassen in Namsos.
Arnhild Holstad, mayor of Namsos (Ap), says it is absolutely crucial that they be together.
"People from all over Namdalen come here. It says something that means something to all the counties of Namsos, says Holstad.
Trygve Slagsvold Vedum, head of the Center Party, was also present during the evening demonstration.
– This is a 100% political responsibility. If you leave university with nursing education, there will be a danger to the hospital in the next round. And that's the problem when the government merges universities and colleges. So they have centralized power, and now you see the centralization of educational places.
It requires that the closure and reallocation of the academic environment be disrupted.
– Here you have to develop study environments and not dismantle them, says Vedum.
Amdal Hellesø, head of the Namdalen regional council, says it is important for Namdal to keep the department because it means so much for the development of society.
– 80 percent of the people who work as nurses and nurses in Namdalen have studied here, says Hellesø.
A little hope
One of the arguments for closing the departments in Nesna and Sandnessjøen is that the university will thus allocate NOK 50 million per year.
The Minister of Research and Higher Education, Iselin Nybø (V), says that the university has enough money and that the economy is not a factor for the places of study to be closed.
According to the proposal for a new study structure, one of the challenges of the Namsos campus is that there are few qualified candidates for the development of the academic community. Also not very attractive to the best students.
Aina Hildrum, leader of the study at the University of Nord in Namsos, says the proposal was a shock. However, they have little hope that the council will be transformed.
– We have witnessed some additional assessments which, among other things, point to Namsos.
The board of the Nord University met in Stjørdal on Tuesday morning. They now want more thorough investigations of the consequences of changing more studies.
The council will decide on a new study structure on June 26.