Between 18 May and 22 May are the student council elections. Nick van Nispen, master student Economics and Policy, is party leader for VeSte at the upcoming student council elections. Resource asked him four questions.
What are to VeSte the most important themes?
Wageningen is known for the high quality of education, international character and an active student life with many associations. This is what VeSte aims to maintain and improve. We believe that the academic training is more than just attending lectures. The available activities outside the study are just as important. In addition to our classic themes we focus on the arrival of a new rector and we continue to look for practical improvements such as silent rooms, more workplaces and better guidance during practicals.
What will be your most important achievement in 2015/2016?
Although the beta studies are leading for the university, the gamma studies deserve more attention. This is where I want to stand for, beginning with a greater say in the budget. But also practical, such as more interaction with businesses and more available workplaces for the social studies. Furthermore, there are good opportunities to improve lectures with the help of ICT. Besides the already launched MOOCS (Massive Open Online Course), there are more options that are relevant to today. I also want to pay more attention to that.
What is your personal motivation to join the student council for a year?
The university and student matters are two things that interest me. Over the years you get into situations where you think, “That could be better!" Or "This is good and it should stay this way.” With VeSte I have the possibility to take things into my own hands and together with the other candidates represent the interests of students.
Are you satisfied with how the participation at Wageningen UR is regulated?
All students have the opportunity to exert influence on the university policy, both at university and faculty level. Due to the small size of the university students are generally quite aware of the right of participation. Moreover, the fairly good relationship with the Executive Board provides a good basis for the students to join the conversation about student politics, especially in comparison with other cities. There is room for improvement, VeSte for example, is trying to get a greater say in the budget. But in my opinion the result is there too. The Executive Board is advised by a multitude of groups and currently there is at least one student in each group. This way students participate more before and after the decision-making.
Prior to the election Resource interviews the party leaders of the three participating parties. Also read the interviews with Anne Walther of S&I and Wiard Ligterink of CSF.