Board meeting, 27th of November
On the 27th of November, the monthly Board Meeting took place between the Executive Board of the TU Delft and the Central Student Council. In this meeting, the following subjects were important:
- Internationalisation strategy
- PULSE and study places
- Midterm evaluation
Internationalisation is becoming a bigger issue. That’s why more often the Erasmus Scholarship is used, which is financed by the European Union. Brussels is warning that the amount of scholarships that are granted are at their maximum. This means that not every students that wants to go abroad gains financial support.
This, in combination with the Roadmap 2020 of the TU Delft, is concerning. In this Roadmap, the longterm vision on the university is pointed out. The university sets its target on students with abroad experiences at 75%. At this moment, this experience is given to about 30% of all students.
PULSE and study places
During the exam period the Student Council received a lot of complaints about the Library. It lacked capacity for all the students that wanted to study on campus. The most of these complaints concerned weekend periods.
The problem seemed to be two sided. The Student Council, in coöperation with employees, concluded the communication to students about the location of study places is not good enough. There are some study places in the Foyer of the Auditorium, which are unknown to a lot of students. But the Student Council thinks that there are not enough study places. Especially on sundays when the Library and the Auditorium need to bear with the peak load of students that want to study on campus.
During the Board Meeting the Student Council spoke to the Board about the communication of study places. We also talked about the possibility to open an extra faculty during weekends. The Board will consider these possibilities and a reaction from the Board is expected soon.
De TU Delft has been evaluated by an external institution to see on which topics the university can improve. This has been done after the university itself wrote a ‘critical self-evaluation’. This resulted in an advice to the Executive Board. These outcomes were discussed at the Board Meeting. Two interesting points that the evaluation committee advised are: write a strategy on how to select new students that want to study at the TU Delft. This advice is a result from the need for the university to organise the ways of selection differently, due to a law that no longer makes it possible to select by drawing lots for 2017. Since then all selection procedures should be decentralised. A second advice is to lose the statement ‘nominal is normal’, which states that it’s normal to gain your bachelor diploma in three years. This due to the fact that university strategy aims at gaining a bachelor diploma in four years.