ISP concerned about workload differences between studies
The International Student Panel has asked the University Board to reduce
the differences in load and quality of the different MSc courses. Rector
Professor Bert Speelman told that this is a normal phenomenon and that it
is impossible to do anything about it.
ISP has the impression that there is a difference in load and quality of
the different MSc courses. In some MSc courses it is possible to do two
specialisations within 18 months, in other MSc courses a student can get a
second degree with only six months of study. On the other hand, there are
also courses with such a workload that it's impossible to do a second
specialisation or get a second degree. The ISP expressed its concerns at a
meeting with the Rector.
The international student representatives think that the differences are
partly caused by course coordinators. According to the ISP, these
coordinators have too much freedom and do not always act in accordance with
the regulations in the study handbook. The international students urged the
rector to keep a better eye on the course coordinators.
Professor Speelman answered that there was little he could do to tackle the
problem. According to Speelman, it has always been possible to do two or
even more MSc courses in 24 months if one chooses the right major and
minor. Of course, Speelman said, it is not possible to follow a double
programme if you have to be in the laboratory for forty hours a week.
International students, said Speelman, are very welcome to improve the
quality of their education by joining the programme committee of their
Guido van Hofwegen