Wetenschap - 5 december 1996

Financial rewards for active students

Financial rewards for active students

In a memorandum to the University Council, the Executive Board of the university proposes providing financial compensation to international students who are active in the International Student Panel (ISP) and the International Student Organization Wageningen (ISOW).

ISP's membership consists of one chair and one delegate from each of the 14 MSc programmes. Other members are welcome, but will not receive compensation under the current proposal. The 14 delegates would each receive 75 Dutch guilders per meeting. So, on the basis of 8 meetings per year, each delegate would receive a total of 600 guilders. ISP's chair would be entitled to compensation equal to two months study, which amounts to 3090 guilders for a year of chairing.

Since ISP falls formally under the responsibility of the Wageningen Student Organisation (WSO), the Board is proposing that the amounts mentioned for ISP members should come from the WSO's regular budget. The WSO disagrees with this and finds it strange since their own board members, as well as students serving in programme committees for regular education, receive compensation from the university itself.

ISOW, the meeting place for international students and praying room for Muslim students, is managed by a committee of six international students. Besides managing ISOW, each committee member is responsible for opening up the meeting place one evening a week. For that reason the Board plans to pay each ISOW member 25 guilders per evening for 50 evenings per year. From 1997 the total amount of 7500 guilders will come from the central budget, which is fuelled by the tuition fees paid by Msc students.