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The Foreigner Personality supersedes genius, Norway university professor claims. World-class intellects are losing out to suitability when it comes to employment at Norwegian universities, according to a Norwegian academic. “Nerds and geniuses have greater problems getting a chance when personality traits are emphasised more than qualifications,” Oslo University professor Kristian Gundersen told Dagens Næringsliv. US author Tennessee Williams’ “nothing succeeds like mediocrity” view holds true, he believes.

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Personality supersedes genius, Norway university professor claims

Published on Tuesday, 19th February, 2013 at 15:36 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Lyndsey Smith      .
Last Updated on 19th February 2013 at 16:07.

World-class intellects are losing out to suitability when it comes to employment at Norwegian universities, according to a Norwegian academic.



“Nerds and geniuses have greater problems getting a chance when personality traits are emphasised more than qualifications,” Oslo University professor Kristian Gundersen told Dagens Næringsliv.

US author Tennessee Williams’ “nothing succeeds like mediocrity” view holds true, he believes.

The Professor also thinks nepotism, active self-indispensability tactics, and a system that is easier to manipulate in small country Norway are some of the causes of this.

Criticising what he claims are closed interview rounds, professor Gundersen added “I don’t think any of the Nobel Laureates at the University of Oslo would have been hired today based on personal suitability.”

Norway University of Science and Technology (NTNU) history professor Ingar Kaldal believes echoes academic colleague Professor Gundersen’s statements.

He also thinks people who are a perceived challenge to others within the system are deliberately held back.

Unlike the American Dream, a national ethos which encourages prosperity, success, and upward social mobility, displaying humbleness is preferred in Norway.

“Those who are clever, controversial and on the rise could pose a threat to those who hold the power. Therefore, it may be important to keep them down”, he explained.

Educationally-speaking, October 2012’sTimes Higher Education ‘World University Rankings 2012-13’ report put Norwegian universities below the 200-mark out of 350 academic institutions survey.

Socialscience research institute NIFU (The Nordic Institute for Studies in Innovation, Research and Education) found in 2011 that Norwegian universities were trailing their Nordic neighbours in eight key areas.



Published on Tuesday, 19th February, 2013 at 15:36 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Lyndsey Smith      .
Last updated on 19th February 2013 at 16:07.

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