Some students have sent the Executive Board an open letter about the Wageningen education programme for excellent students. The three students say that it is a shame that only a select group can take the Honours Programme when far more students are able and willing to take on this additional challenge.
Wageningen wants to use the money made available by the abolition of the basic grant to fund the Honours Programme. Robin, Jelske and Carina feel that all students should be able to benefit from this money. That is why they propose setting up an ‘Open Honours Programme’, a demand-driven programme with more flexible participation so that ‘everyone who can and wants to can work on his or her excellence’. The students call it a ‘programme where your achievements make you excellent, not the taking part’.
The Student Council thinks the three students’ action is a good way of getting a debate going about the programme for excellent students, says Bram Kerssemakers, a VeSte council member. ‘We understand their view that teaching should be challenging for everyone and that all students should benefit from the money released by the abolition of the basic grant. We are not sure that an Open Honours Programme is the best way of achieving that, but we see it as the Student Council’s task to take initiatives by students seriously. We certainly think it’s a very good idea to have a debate about what the university means by "excellence".’
Educational Institute director Tiny van Boekel has not yet read the students’ letter and is therefore unable to comment.