Wetenschap - 20 december 2001

University forgot to inform MSc students about euro

University forgot to inform MSc students about euro

'The euro is for all of us' is the slogan being used for the introduction of the new European currency in the Netherlands. But nearly all the information available is only in Dutch. The international students in Wageningen will not find English language information at the banks here either. The university has not done enough either, although it is now working at high speed to fill the gap.

At the end of November the university sent out a general 'euro mailing' but the information did not reach the international students according to euro coordinator Theo Brink. "This was an oversight on our part, and now we have to set this problem right." The university has no special brochure on the euro, and no plans to produce one. The solution is a letter to international students informing them of the arrival of the euro, and an extra page of information in English will appear on the university intranet.

The letter will be sent this week to students at their accommodation address. The letter gives information about the introduction of the euro, states that students will receive money in euros from 1 January, and also lists a number of English language websites with information.

Saturated

"We are doing this to be on the safe side, providing extra information about the introduction of the euro before the new year," explains Paul Deneer, director of Student Affairs. He suspects, however, that some international students are just as oversaturated with information as their Dutch counterparts.

Henk Vegter, head of management information agrees. "It would be an exaggeration to say that 99.9 percent of the international students knows exactly what is happening, but that is not far off the mark. They do have information from the banks, and the government campaign is very widespread. Don't forget that some international students live on corridors with Dutch students, and lots of information is exchanged during lectures as well."

Monnique Haak

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