Wetenschap - 11 maart 1999

MSc Programme Committees should include international students

MSc Programme Committees should include international students

MSc Programme Committees should include international students

MSc Programme Committees, the evaluating bodies of all MSc programmes at the WAU, do not always include students in their meetings, although this has been a requirement since 1996. In an ISP (International Student Panel) meeting on March 8th, it appeared that three MSc programmes are not following this procedure. Reasons cited were logistical problems: students within a programme are too widely spread between different specialisations, and in one case there was an unwillingness to include students on the committees. Chair of MSc programme directors, Dick Legger, suggested that this procedure may also have become a lower priority due to the instability brought on by the Business Plan. Nevertheless, international students should be included in discussions on their academic programmes. The excuse that diverse programme specialisations make the meetings too difficult to organise does not hold water when looking at the example of Agricultural Economics. Its MSc Programme Committee has already managed three meetings since the new MSc year, while the programme includes six specialisations. Of all the courses, top democracy marks go to the Agricultural Economics and MAKS programmes, which have both held regular meetings with two student representatives

MSc Programme Committees exist in order to review the progress of their specific academic programmes, and should meet once a period. Course evaluations should be made at that time and problems that students have encountered should be discussed. While MSc Programme Committees focus purely on education, the ISP is the forum through which international students can also bring up other types of concerns encountered in Wageningen, such as housing or adaptation problems. Am.S

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