Delft is a city of students with a unique student culture. The participation of students in the student life is high. This culture is characterized by space for personal development and a diverse, self-conscious, enterprising and traditional nature.
ORAS wants to keep the student culture in Delft, but tends not to be too conservative. Changes must be tested on their influence on the student culture of Delft. ORAS expects the TU Delft to value and support the space for personal development.
‘The TU Delft student’ is really a concept, according to ORAS, and with this unique culture, Delft distinguishes itself from other cities in the Netherlands. ORAS represents the active and motivated student that wants to do more during his study than just following the curriculum. However, these students should always be able to justify their study progress.
The three pillars
The vision of ORAS is set up using three pillars: good education, supporting facilities and extensive opportunities for extracurricular activities.
ORAS aims for the highest possible quality of education. ORAS feels also partly responsible for the provision of information that is important for all students. Students should be able to make their own study plan. Learning how to study is one of the parts of the learning process and ORAS thinks this should be possible to find out yourself. Involvement of the students with the TU Delft is very important. The expectations of the university about the students and vice-versa create an important interaction. ORAS thinks the following might be expected from the TU Delft:
On institutional level:
- Education at the TU Delft should connect with high school education
- Selection based on grades before starting at the TU Delft can never be the standard procedure
- Pointing out entrepreneurship is a responsibility of the TU Delft
- The TU Delft should take care of the quality of teachers
On educational level:
- To stop studying after the bachelor program should be meaningful
- Curricula should be tested over all on the connection between the courses and a realistic workload
- Regulations that could send students away after starting their study program are undesirable, because it is the responsibility of the student. However, the university should check whether the student is at the right place, the right study in their propedeuse
- MSc students should be possible to function in English in their field of study
On course level:
- Teachers should be substantially strong
The facilities at the university support the educational process. Student deans and student psychologists should be easily reachable for the student. A good tutoring system aims to get the best out of students and to check whether a student has chosen the right study. It is important that a tutoring system corresponds to the needs of students. Study material should be of high quality, payable and on time available. An accessible knowledge archive is of value for the whole university. The campus should be lively, safe, accessible and an inspiring environment. Students should be able to study and work on campus. It should be attractive to students to live in the city of Delft.
The TU Delft should take into account that a good planning does not necessarily coincide with the standard curriculum. A student must know soon whether he or she made the right study choice.
Study and extracurriculars are not always easy to combine. A student must invest time in both and decide on the proportion of time. However, in the end a student should aim to complete his study within a reasonable amount of time.
ORAS wants the TU Delft to recognize the extracurriculars of students. These extracurriculars can be divided in certain categories:
- Study (extra courses, honours track, Nuna)
- Work (paid or unpaid)
- Association (sports, culture, study association, student association)
- Experience abroad