University council newsletter March 2009
During the second formal meeting of 2009 with the Executive Board the university council was presented with two matters. The first of these issues being the plans for the further development of real-estate on campus: Vastgoedplan ‘14. The second was the installation of a new bachelor program called Creative Technology.
At the start of the meeting the Executive Board announced that the campus security will no longer be outsourced to a private company. The university council noted that they wholeheartedly agree with the decision made by the board.
Following the preceding real-estate plan the new plan focuses on goals set in Route ’14: Explicit organization and presentation of education with the university campus as its strategic focus point. A lot of time and effort was put into the plan by both the council and the board. At first the plan was rejected by the council for not containing any additional information concerning the policies and goals set by the board. The council also noted that during a time of uncertainty in the economy, dedicating oneself to investing large amounts to multiple real-estate projects might not be a wise course of action. The projected growth of the university is a goal and not a fact. Thus the council pushed for a phased implementation of the plan. Furthermore the council was not convinced of all the projects contained within the plan. Alongside the missing framework containing the board’s policies and goals the council noted that certain aspects of student facilities were missing. The council urged the board to also include pressing matters as study areas for students and notebook support in both new and existing buildings. A final important point that was made during the discussion of the Vastgoedplan ’14 was the green campus. The council has asked the board for more attention on this matter. After the finalization of the plan the board also committed to presenting a new discussion paper on student housing on the campus. This discussion paper will be presented soon.
The university council has agreed to split the Vastgoedplan ’14 into several distinctive plans which will be recurring each year until 2014. The council has approved the plans for the year 2009.
The faculty of EEMCS (Electral Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Sciences; in Dutch EWI) has proposed the installation of a new three year bachelor program: Creative Technology. It will attempt to link recent ICT developments, the influence these developments have on society and the strategic meaning in relationship with the creative field of work. After the first committee meeting the council was left with a large amount of questions. These questions were answered adequately by the board. The council raised concern with the proposed combination of new students. High school students of all profiles will be allowed to enroll for CreaTe. The council noted that a broad intake of students will be prone to large differences between students. Some students will have a more in-depth background in advanced mathematics than students that followed the economic and culture profiles. Another issue that the council raised was the initial interview conversation; the council noted that these should give students a clear view on the study program and propose a realistic perspective on what to expect if they choose to enroll for CreaTe. A large influx of students could become a possibility in the near future and thus the council raised her concerns for the faculty. The faculty has to be able to process the large amount of students that this study program could attract. A final concern from the council was the amount of English minor programs. The board replied that this is something that concerns them a great deal and various programs are already being worked on. The Executive Board said that it will present students a schematic that will allow students to see which master programs they are allowed to enroll in after successfully completing their bachelors degree in Creative Technology. The board proposed additional help for students to compensate for high drop-out rates. The level at which the creative courses will be given within the program of CreaTe left the university council with questions regarding the level of expertise of the staff. The board assured the council that matters will be taken to ensure that the staff has a more than sufficient level of expertise on the subjects.
The university council has decided to approve the new bachelor program of Creative Technology and has thus granted the board the go ahead of sending the program to the NVAO in order to start the accreditation process.
- The council raised an issue regarding the current tense situation between the students living on campus and Acasa/De Veste. The board assured the council that they have a meeting with the director on site of Acasa/De Veste and are aware of recent sounds from the student community. The board will present the council with information at their next meeting.
- The students of the university council presented an initiative called: “Students against the crisis”. The conversations about this plan will occur in a less formal setting with a board member and the students.
- After the recent soccer match FC Twente – Olympiqué Marseille the campus was overwhelmed with traffic. The council has asked the board to provide its employees and students with an email ahead of time noting that there will be an early match in the Grolsch Veste stadium. This way we can avoid traffic jams.
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