May 30, 2016
Last Friday, the 100th University Council of Tilburg University took place! This was not only celebrated with cake and a gift for the councilors, but also with heated discussions. Student-related topics were on the agenda such as financial incentives for student boards, extra investments in education and the university’s language policy.
During the Council, the SAM group worked hard to make the management of Tilburg University possible without tuition fees. Unfortunately, the Executive Board rejected this as an option for full-time student administrators, which forced SAM to offer an alternative to this. That is why we have proposed that student board members should receive a discount on tuition fees that is proportional to the number of scholarships received by that person. The Board has indicated that it finds this an interesting proposal, so we will keep you informed about their reaction! Last week, studentparty SAM also asked the Board to think about a possible indexation of the officer/rep bursaries. During the Council, they also indicated that they liked the idea.
In addition, the extra investments in education, resulting from the ‘BEST’ reorganization, were discussed at length. The discussion took place around two issues: (1) the structural nature of the educational investments, while the document was only about one year’s spending, and (2) the great freedom of the faculties, while it concerns a top-down investment that originated from the central reorganization plan. In the end. The result was that the document would be returned to the University Council in July and that the discussion would continue there.
The language policy was also discussed: the university wants to go to a bilingual university with a focus on inclusiveness. Ambitious goals will be set, so that the English-language trend can be continued. In this context, SAM has therefore given the Board to look at the quality of English among instructors, and how this can be improved if necessary.
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