Three new bachelors
The Joint Assembly (GV) consisting of the university representative
advisory council and the student council has voted in favour of the
introduction of three new social science BSc degrees in 2004.
Although not all points have been agreed to by the University executive
board, there was a majority vote in favour of the new courses, Economics
and policy, Applied communication sciences, and Health and society. It is
hoped that a shift in emphasis towards more social science input will
attract more Dutch students as an increasing number of high-school leavers
have few hard science qualifications. The implications for staffing of the
groups still have to be worked out, as do the relevant Masters courses, but
these will not start until September 2007.
Students living in SSHW accommodation are likely to be able to phone using
an internet connection by this summer. A pilot project starts next week,
set up by Stichting Flatoverleg (SFO) and Studentennet Wageningen (SNW).
The disappearance of the telephone ‘tick’ counters on communal phones has
led to an increase in unpaid bills and disconnection. All flats now have an
internet connection and it is possible to use the system with an ordinary
telephone. The subscription costs are expected to be about five euros a
month for a regular 0317 phone number, calls should be cheaper than with
KPN, and even free within Wageningen. SFO and SNW are still looking for
people who want to participate in the pilot project. See www.homewurk.nl
where the information is also in English.
One of the longest running WUR projects, the Prosea programme, drew to a
close this year. At the final symposium there was criticism from one of the
main financial sponsors, the Dutch ministry of development cooperation.
“Prosea has been very successful in gathering information on useful plants
and making this available in the public domain. The evaluations however
indicate that this information is mainly used by the scientific community.
Poor farmers have not benefited much from the derived products such as