100th University Council!

Last Friday University Council #100 of Tilburg University took place! This was not only celebrated with cake and gifts for the council members, but also with heated discussions. Student-related topics were: financial compensations for student board members, additional investments in education and the language policy of the university.

During the Council, Student Party SAM pushed very hard for the realization of “collegegeldvrij besturen” at Tilburg University. Unfortunately the Executive Board refused to implement this for fulltime board members, so that SAM was forced to offer an alternative. That’s why we proposed to give student board members a discount on their tuition fee in proportion to their board grants. The Executive Board thought this was an interesting proposal, so we will keep you updated about their official response! Also, Student Party SAM asked the Executive Board last week to think about an indexation of the board grants. They said this was a good idea too, during the Council.

Furthermore, the additional investments in education – which follow from the reorganization ‘BEST’, have been discussed extensively. The discussion was about two subjects: (1) the investments in education with a structural character, even though the document was about a one-year investment, and (2) the large degree of freedom the Schools have on this topic, even though it is a top-down investment following from the central reorganization plan. Eventually the decision was made to postpone this theme to the University Council of July and continue the discussion then.

Another thing discussed is the language policy: the university wants to develop itself to a bilingual university where inclusion is the point of focus. Ambitious goals will be set, so that the English trend can be continued. In this context SAM passed her opinion to the Executive Board about the quality of English among professors, and how this can be improved if needed.