At this university there are students who are not taking any classes, but they are still forced to pay the full sum of their tuition fee. How is that? When you take a look at what they are doing instead of following courses, their reasons become clear. They form one of the most important cornerstones of the TU/e, they are the student board members and part of student teams.
Let’s take a trip down memory lane: remember when you started here at university and you could finally pick up your new laptop? All new and shiny and you even got to take it home in a ‘fashionable’ bag. To top it all off, you were provided with a clicker. You’re told it’ll be used for quizzes in class all the time. All the time turned out to be a bit of an exaggeration: I used the clicker exactly three times in my entire Bachelor’s. Once I started my Master’s it disappeared into the back of a drawer - the Graduate School doesn’t use clickers…
While Eindhoven is celebrating the first (and probably the last) real week of summer, I’m writing this column in similar weather conditions in Barcelona. I’m visiting a colleague of mine for a few weeks to work on my international experience.
Have you ever asked yourself whether your study advisor is functioning well? Are you really able to evaluate the advice that he or she is giving you? Do you feel like there is enough support for your course selection, study direction or master selection? The ESR believes that a good evaluation of your study advice is essential.
About five years ago, our university recognized students’ hunger for choice and made this a fundamental part of its design. Through coaching, we help the students to make the right choices for majors, elective packages and courses and if, inadvertently, students make the wrong choice, they are offered many possibilities to correct them. This model for the Bachelor College has proven successful given the increase in student numbers over time. But does it also work for the Graduate School?
With the opening of the Spar in Flux, a step was taken last year to introduce greater variety in the offering of breakfast, lunch and dinner. But as yet the dinner options are limited: a microwave meal, a main-course salad or an expensive meal supplied by Eurest. The late-night presence of Domino pizza delivery staff on campus is evidence that our restaurant options are insufficient. What went wrong?
Interim exam scores make up at least thirty percent of the course grade in the Bachelor College. From upcoming academic year, the thirty percent rule will not hold any more in the second and third year. But, it will still be the same for the first year courses. However, until courses start, students have no clue when the interim exams will take place.
Most people must have heard of it by now, TU/e will start making use of evening hours for lectures from quartile 3 and 4 of this academic year. What’s going on?
In a recent meeting between members of the Faculty Councils and the University Council the regulations of the Bachelor College were discussed. At the end, some people were skeptical about whether the questions and remarks would be taken into account by the Executive Board. “Does the University Council really have an influence on the strategy and policy of the Executive Board?”
Having read the columns of Vincent Merk about internationalization of TU/e I was triggered to write this column in English. In one of his columns, Vincent asked if other forums in the university are prepared for the international community.
In the morning of May 16, the Executive Board and the University Council party Groep-één enjoyed their annual BrEGGfast. The event is an opportunity for students to have an informal chat with the board, and discuss anything TU/e-related.
In the spring of 2012 the Dutch universities made performance agreements with the Dutch government. These agreements pertain to, among other things, student academic success. Our university has pledged to increase the graduation rates from 41 percent to 55 percent, an increase of 34 percent by 2015. One of the means of achieving this goal is the Bachelor College (BC). These education reformations and the lofty goal of increasing the graduation rates by 34 percent put a great deal of stress on the organization.
We are systematically introducing English as the official language. We intend to attract more scientists from abroad and want to make sure that more foreign students enroll in both our bachelor and master programs. In addition, we are enlarging the supporting facilities for our exchange students.
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