Wetenschap - 3 september 1998

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  • The Minister of Education wants to reduce the number of education programmes at Dutch universities, in order to offer a more transparent choice to incoming students. The other universities have grouped their 260 courses into 115 larger programmes and the WAU is being asked to reduce its eighteen programmes to twelve. The education committees of the two plant courses, the two development courses and two technical programmes are willing to join in a new broader programme, but the four WAU programmes in the field of land use, nature conservation and environment are reluctant to merge to form only one or two new programmes. They fear that broad study programmes with general names will not attract many students
  • The Dutch Health Council has proposed a ban on the use of antibiotics in animal fodder. Antibiotics stimulate growth rates in cattle, pigs and chicken, but there is some evidence that the widespread use of antibiotics in agriculture affects human health, because more pathogens become resistant to antibiotics, the health council states. Meanwhile, very little is known about how antibiotics stimulate growth in animals and what sort of alternatives farmers can use to improve feeding conditions. Agricultural researchers want to investigate the use of lactic bacteria which should improve the condition of the animal's intestinal flora
  • Theo Theijse, who left the University last week, was the last clerk of the university - the Executive Board decided last year to abolish his position. He opposed this decision, because a clerk is indispensable for solving managerial problems encountered by the Board. He has nevertheless left a clear signature behind for the University from one of his former positions, as head of the WAU's housing department. Theijse managed to gain control over the building process, which used to be planned by the Dutch government, and started inviting young promising architects to design new buildings for the University. In addition, he spent money commissioning artists to produce sculptures for outside the buildings. Scientists need an attractive and stimulating environment in his opinion
  • The Catholic student organisation in Wageningen, KSV, organised an introduction week for its new members. They had to perform a number of tasks with only 25 cents in their pocket - hitchhiking, raising money and begging are part of the job. One group went to the Red Light District in Amsterdam, to ask a Dutch actor to give them a guided tour through the district. He didn't have time for that, but the students were invited for an extensive dinner instead. Others had to meet a popular Dutch singer on one of the Dutch islands, but didn't manage to catch the ferry - no money

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