This August might be the last time that the General Introduction Days for new students are held in the form that Wageningen has become used to. The shortage of volunteers continues to grow and will probably result in changes to the programme next year.
So the AID 2005 has been saved, but in 2006 the problem will become acute. It is proving difficult even to find enough people for the new organising committee. ‘We have had two applicants, but that’s far too few,’ says Van Elderen. She thinks the reason is that there are not many third and fourth year students, and MSc students have not yet been in Wageningen for very long. ‘It used to be the fifth-year students who became mentors,’ adds Liesbeth van der Linden, who is contact person in the university administration centre.
The university attaches high priority to a good introductory week for new students. ‘Perhaps the AID will change completely after this year,’ suggests Van der Linden. ‘Students may take on a different role, and the organisation may be taken over by the university. We do want the students to continue to have a big say in the matter.’ This is an issue that needs to be addressed after the summer. ‘The priority now is to make sure that this year’s AID goes well.’ / LH