News - June 15, 2017

English-taught bachelor's vetoed for now

Albert Sikkema

The Student-Staff Council at the university has provisionally rejected the Executive Board’s proposal to launch five English-taught Bachelor’s programmes in September 2018.

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The Council wants to be sure that the standard of education can be maintained and has therefore adopted a ‘not unless’ position: only under certain conditions is the Council prepared to endorse the proposal.

To safeguard educational standards, the competencies of students and teachers need some improvement, in the Council’s view. The standard of English needs to go up too. So the current standard of English should be assessed, and skills brushed up where necessary. The Student Council would also like the Board to address the problems posed by the international classroom in Master’s programmes first, to avoid introducing the same problems into Bachelor’s programmes.

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The Student Staff Council also fears that the Board underestimates the additional influx of international students that will result from the introduction of English-taught Bachelor’s degrees. So the Council thinks the university could initially economize on student recruitment. If that does not stop student numbers from growing, the Council is in favour of an admissions cap for the English-taught programmes.


Lastly, the Council believes that Idealis needs more time to get ready to accommodate more international students, who should all be allocated a room as soon as they arrive. The Student Staff Council will not endorse the proposed language change until these issues are addressed.