University council 14-02-2019

Free sport membership non-EEA students

This university council the executive board proposed not to charge non-EEA students who pay the institutional tuition fees for their sport membership. The Sports Centre contributes both to the physical development and mental wellbeing of our students. Next to that it is a meeting place for (inter)national students which can be used to market our university internationally. Both student parties commented that the promoting of internationalisation and integration is very important however the Sports Centre is too busy and a solution for this problem must be found before we can agree to bring in more students to the Sports Centre. The Executive Board agreed to look into the options of creating more space in the Sports Centre and will come with an answer next council. The piece will be discussed again in the light of the proposed changes.

Registration and tuition fee regulations

The tuition fees every student has to pay are updated yearly to account for the increase of various costs and inflation. This council meeting the proposed tuition fees for next year were discussed and agreed to by all the parties.

For more information on what your study will cost you next year please check the SharePoint document: https://teamsites.campus.uvt.nl/sites/ur/Shared%20Documents/190214%20-%2014%20February%202019/UR%202352%20-%20Registration%20and%20Tuition%20Fees/UR%202352%20-%20Registration%20tuition%20fees.pdf

Budget request low-rise Simon

The executive board proposes to renovate the low-rise building Simon. This includes restructuring the lecture hall and applying changes to the kitchen according to sanitary laws. Fractie SAM and Front were worried about the sustainability of this renovation. The board sees the importance in that as well and emphasizes the necessity of this renovation. The parties agree and the council advises unanimously positive.

Reaction to initiative proposal Front traffic

A few months ago Front submitted an initiative proposal to indicate several problems that students experience regarding the traffic on campus. The board was generally positive about the remarks made by Front and will propose a budget for several changes that were suggested by Front in the first half of 2019.

Reaction to initiative SAM international housing

The board sees the importance of additional focus on this growing problem. Another working group is formed to discuss the Dutch-only problem. Furthermore the university will put additional pressure on the municipality to come up with a solution. Student SAM is content with the reaction of the executive board and also invites the board and all other attendees to join us for the International housing symposium of next Wednesday. 

Front question round: language centre capacity

This university council Front drew attention to a growing problem at the language centre. The budget is not adequate for the demand’s students create. This results in long waiting lists and students that cannot study the languages they want to learn. On top of that the language centre has been drawing on their reserves to sustain the current number of courses. Therefore, Front urges the Executive Board to look at the budget for the language centre and the long waiting lists which inconvenience students.

Question round: Paperless is more implementation

These past six months SAM asked the executive boards several times for updates regarding the implementation of paperless is more. This policy should have been fully operational per the 1st of September 2018.  However, we are still receiving tons of complaints from students that need to hand in their assignments hardcopy. During this university council we asked the executive board to give us an update about the progress of the implementation of the policy and to add paperless is more to their sustainability website to provide students with proof to show to their professors.

Question round: build up compensation per faculty

Last university council, SAM asked for clarification on the money that faculties receive for their education. This has now partly been clarified. However, the executive board also stated the some of these posts are outdated. Therefore, SAM asked for a clear outline of which historic events still influence the current way of budgeting and why they are still taken into account. The board promised to come with an update.

The Common Arrangement

The Common Arrangement contains agreements between the various parties involved in JADS. It improves the governance model of JADS as a whole, including JADS Den Bosch. The agreements concern JADS Den Bosch, the Joint Degree courses, Ethics, Finance, HR, participation and liability. It also contains plans for the establishment of a participation council at the level of JADS Den Bosch.

Quality agreements

When the loan system was abolished, it was decided that the money saved by this measure should be invested in quality of education. In consultation with interested parties, a working group with student members and others determined where this money should go to.  The themes that were chosen are as follows:

-          More intensive and small-scale education (educational intensity)

-          More and better guidance for students,

-          Educational differentiation,

-          Appropriate and good educational facilities,

-          Further professionalization of teachers (teacher quality)

 

Examples of where the money goes are: the reduction of the scale of education, student guidance, better preparation for the labor market and many more. We are very pleased with the cooperation with the Executive Board on this piece and that all our points are incorporated in the piece.

PhD

The Tilburg University Action Lines Strategy (2018-2021), the elaboration the Tilburg University Strategic Plan, includes clear ambitions on the enhancement of the quality of the PhD trajectory. Overall aim of this action plan is increasing the quality of both the PhD trajectory and the final thesis. This broad action plan focuses on various parts of the PhD trajectory that have emerged as a result of the above-mentioned consultations or were included in the aforementioned documents 

JADS Budget Mariënburg

The multi-annual budget shows that the situation will be healthy in 2025, which will result in a positive margin on the entire operation. The following points have been implemented in the budget:

-        Growth in the number of national students in the master's program compared to the original principles from 2015;

-        Maintain the premaster program until 2022;

-        Continue the Professional Doctorate Engineering program;

-        Expansion of the Executive Education programs;

-        Expansion of research within the financial space and in line with what we are already seeing

-        happen;

-        Support and fixed costs entirely at the expense of the exploitation.

-        Application of the 3-year average in accordance with the national funding model for

-        universities;

-        Adjustment of the indirect cost reimbursement on personnel costs from 15% to 7.5%;

-        Increase of the institutional tuition fees to € 16,000, in accordance with TU/e