Prof.dr. Florin Pop - Pensionare

I-am rugat pe colegi din diverse ţări ale lumii să îmi trimită informaţii privind legislaţia de pensionare din ţările lor. Iată răspunsurile primite:

1. Franţa

Hello Florin,

In France it was always an obligation for Associated Professors (Maîtres de Conferences) and Professors left after 65 year from the university (you can go up to 66 if your birthday after the official beginning of the school year). In very exceptional situations you may ask to lead at 67 year but this strictly regulated by the law. The associated professors should absolutely leave at that age, the professor can ask for "emeritus" position. The emeritus position (2 years long but with possibility to renew) offer the possibility to have an office, follow up your last ~PhD students (not taking new...). The emeritus can't do teaching and his salary is reduced to the pension level and must abandon any official and/or elective position in the Faculty or at national level.

Now the retirement age is under change in France, most probably the retirement limit will be pushed to 67 year old but the law is not yet published.

Friendly, Georges

Prof. Georges Zissis
Director of L&M Research Group
LAPLACE (Laboratoire Plasma et Conversion d'Energie)
Universite Paul Sabatier - Toulouse III

2. Germania

Dear Florin,

In Germany this topic is quite complex as everything depends on the federal state, the kind of university, and the type of professorship. In general the age of retirement is somewhere between 65 and 68, usually towards the end of a semester following the respective birthday. In some cases you are allowed to carry on without proper payment on a contract basis.

With kind regards, Axel.

Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Axel Stockmar
University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hannover
LCI Light Consult International

3. Germania

Dear Florin,

In Germany Professors are generally retired at the end of the semester, in which they reach the age of 65.

Best regards, Peter

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Marx
Berlin, Germany

4. Spania

Dear Florin,

Here in Spain now [the retirement age] is also 65 years, but we can choose till 70. It is my case. Probably, soon de 65 will be 67.


Ramon San Martin, Titular Professor
Estudios Luminotécnicos
Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña

5. Korea

Dear Florin,

Following are retirement situation due to the age limit in Korea.

Best regards,

Jeong Tai Kim, Ph.D., Professor and Director
Center for Sustainable Healthy Buildings(CSHeB)
Department of Architectural Engineering
Kyung Hee University
Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do 446-701, Korea (Republic of)

6. Finlanda


General retirement age in Finland has been 63, but it will be gradually raised to 65. At the moment professors can choose, when they retire, that is between 63 and 68 years. The compulsory retirement age is 68, but also that can be raised with mutual agreement. The benefit for working after 63 is that your pension will enlarge and since professors are active, sound-minded persons (like you), some of them also want to continue working.

Regards, Eino

Eino Tetri, D.Sc.
Aalto University, School of Electrical Engineering
Department of Electronics, Lighting Unit

7. Italia

In Italy, university professors retire at age of 70. For professors entering the system many years ago (during '80s) this age may be extended with at most five years. For all the others, the age of 70 is final. Many professors opt to retire between 65 and 70, because all activity after age of 65 does not count for the pensions.

In Italy we do not have a position similar to Emeritus Professor or Honorary Professor. Associate professors may be doctoral supervisors as well. If a professor still has PhD students at age of 70, they are transferred to another professor.

Professor Gianfranco CHICCO
IEEE Senior Member
Politecnico di Torino
Dipartimento di Ingegneria Elettrica, Power and Energy Systems Group
Torino, Italy

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