Integrated AID week organisers still looking for helpers
Six weeks from now the newly arrived students in Wageningen will be able to
get to know the town and its student life during the annual introduction
week, or ‘Algemene Introductie Dagen’ (AID). This year the set up of the
week is different, to provide more opportunities for integration between
the Dutch and foreign students.
Originally, the introduction week for the MSc students from abroad was not
included in the AID, because most of these students arrive in the
Netherlands only a week before the start of the courses and the AID is
already over. This time the AID has been shifted forward by half a week.
This way the international students can join the AID halfway, resulting in
a 4-day joint programme with the other students.
The organisation is in the hands of six students, the AID committee, who
have spent the last year planning and preparing. Marjon de Vos, one of the
members, explains: “The number of foreign students is rapidly increasing.
At this moment we are expecting between five and six hundred Dutch
students, and around three hundred students from abroad. Most of these will
be MSc students, but a group of Chinese students will enrol in the second
year of the Bachelor programme. Such large numbers provide an extra
incentive to combine the introduction of the groups.