to study in the study rooms of the Harmony building, also on the weekends of the exam periods.
It is of great importance that students’ opinions are heard, because education and research must continue to develop within the Faculty of Arts. To achieve this, good communication between faculty, teacher and student is necessary. Letteren Vooruit strives for qualitative education, but also for more opportunities for students outside the fixed curriculum. Sufficient space must be offered to students to study effectively, while at the same time the well-being of the student is central. It is important that the level of education and research within the faculty is maintained. For this reason, Letteren Vooruit wants to achieve quality within education. This means that we would rather see high-quality research and programs within the faculty than a large number. Daring to innovate and progress are crucial in this aspect.
Letteren Vooruit strives for a faculty where the personal development and freedom of choice of the student put first.
The past years Letteren Vooruit has focused on creating more and better study places in our faculty. Although there’s been a lot of progress, such as opening the former Arts Library during exam periods on weekends and the opportunity to resit sufficient grades, there is still a lot to improve.This concerns the lecture halls, the room numbers of the lecture halls and the facilities for students with a psychological vulnerability or a learning disadvantage.
Letteren Vooruit argues in favour of an inclusive faculty with an optimal study climate and more space for students with a functional impairment.
Letteren Vooruit strives for a faculty that is continuously aiming to re-invent itself and dares to take steps toward renewal. We hope to innovate the education within our faculty by implementing the concept of ‘the international classroom’ in case that the concept has an obvious added value. Also, we hope to digitalize our faculty even further by, for example, enable exams to be taken digitally, also for small study programs. So, all students, regardless their circumstances, can prepare for their exams Letteren Vooruit aims to make more lectures available online by taping lectures on video.
Letteren Vooruit argues in favour of an innovative faculty that actively responds to technological developments by enlarging the percentage of digital exams.
It is going pretty well with the finances of the Faculty of Arts, thanks to the reorganization of the Faculty Board into clusters and the great efforts the Faculty Board has put in making the Faculty’s finances insightful and transparent. This led to targeted cuts on less important activities in order to create the necessary financial space leading to less working pressure among the teachers. With those extra own resources in combination with extra (financial) efforts from the University Board and usage of the original study funds for students it enabled the Faculty to attract extra teachers and thus create 19% more time for the teachers to provide good education. The achieved transparency gives Letteren Vooruit the possibility to critically review the spendings of the Faculty and it enabled Letteren Vooruit to think about the set priorities.
The reorganisation of the Faculty Board into clusters seems to work financially well at first instance, however it is still unknown what this will mean in the long-term. For the time being, the clusters have been economical in the current transition period because they still had to find their role with the new big competences and great responsibilities – to coming year will prove which structural financial space there is for the improvement of education and research is still left. In the Faculty Council we will follow these developments closely and we will keep the focus on the best quality of education as possible.
Letteren Vooruit keeps a close eye on the finances of the faculty, to contribute to financial stability.
The past years, there has been a lot of debating about internationalization at the Faculty of Arts. In 8 years, the number of international students has been doubled, which has both positive as well as negative consequences. Letteren Vooruit supports internationalization but only when it happens in the right way. It can lead to new insights and perspectives, which can make the quality of education better. Nevertheless, we see that internationalization has been implemented too fast and has led to problems: overcrowded classrooms, students staying in tents and sometimes a lower quality of education. Internationalization needs a careful look in order to provide both international students as well as Dutch students with the best education possible. Letteren Vooruit wants to stress that it is important to focus on the positive aspects of internationalization and to look for ways how it can contribute to better education at the university.
Letteren Vooruit strives for a faculty where both Dutch and International students can enjoy qualitative education and feel at home.
We are adamant in wanting to have the student’s opinion about the faculty heard. To be truly representative, it is important that the faculty council gives the opportunity to every single student to give his or her opinion about the faculty and its direction. Where the amount of contact between the Council and the student has been marginal over the last years, it is our goal to renew this communication and involve students. In this way, we hope to decrease the distance between board members, teachers and students. The party wants to involve everyone in the decision-making processes. One of the ways in which we have done so is through the Panel, where a group of students filled in evaluations following each block. Although the Panel has proven useful, this year we are going to install more direct and accessible methods in which the all students may have their voices heard. For instance, the party will be actively present in the Harmony building during the first week of the block and engage students passing by to hear their thoughts and opinions. In this way, more students will be able to fill in the surveys and it is possible for us to actively exchange ideas, evaluations and points for improvement.
Letteren Vooruit advocates for intensive contact between the council and students, in order to restore contact and to involve all students in the decision-making process.