The New University Wageningen (NU-W) handed rector Mol an urgent letter yesterday. The protest group is concerned about the democratic nature of the university and the quality of education.
Foto: Aart-Jan van de Glind
The handover was the kickoff of the science festival organized by NU this week. Next to Forum - at the caravan and stage – lectures about for example democracy, intensive student farming and science are organized. There is also live music, documentaries and panel discussions.
NU-W says to be worried, sad and dissatisfied with the high pressures experienced by researchers at the university. They also think that the Executive Board must be appointed by students and staff and the group detects a declining educational quality compared to increasing numbers of students. They also ask the university for two specific things: a physical location where they can develop their activities and greater transparency, for example by providing access to important documents.
The festival opening yesterday afternoon attracted about forty interested persons. Arthur Mol, the new rector emphasized that the Executive Board (EB) finds it amazing that this initiative exists and that the students have bright ideas. He saw a clear parallel between the goals of the Executive Board and NU-W: high quality of teaching and research. However, he immediately informed that as far as he is concerned, a location for the New University of Wageningen is not an option.
The New University Wageningen was founded as a result of the occupation of the Maagdenhuis in Amsterdam. It aims to expose the university policy. They also publish their own magazine: Rebel Resource. More about NU-W and the full program of the science festival you can find here.