ISP seeks formal recognition
Relevant information in the WAU's management does not automatically flow towards the ISP. Often I have to search and ask for it", ISP's chair Susanna Rijninks explains. According to Rijninks would be better to strengthen the formal influence of ISP instead of focusing on representation in programme committees or boards of departments, bearing in mind that the programme committees may cease to exist after the forthcoming restructuring. The Standing Committees for both Foreign Affairs and Education advised the Executive Board last year to recognise the ISP as the official representative body of the foreign students. The Board promised to investigate in what way international students could achieve a stronger position and more formal recognition in the University. However, under the new Faculty Regulations international education is completely omitted.
The ISP will invite various people including Rector Karssen and Mr den Dulk, Secretary of the Standing Education Committee, to discuss the position of international education at WAU, and the participation and representation of foreign students. The forthcoming inspection of International Education in early 1996, when the MSc programmes will be evaluated, is an important occasion and one in which the ISP wants to be involved. Although nine out of thirteen programmes are represented in the ISP, the number of second year students is still too small. Rijninks believes that especially for the evaluation of international education the opinion of second year students is essential.