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102, November, 2015

01 December 2015

University Campus Fryslân (RUG/CF)

The most important agenda point, this month, was the University Campus in Leeuwarden. In the development plan a broad bachelor is offered via the PPPE formula (politics, philosophy, psychology and economics), together with several master programmes and a graduate school.

The Council has asked many critical questions about the plan, in particular on the points of feasibility, concrete details of the programmes, and possible competition with programmes in Groningen. In answer the Board has made a number of undertakings, among others, in summary:

  • There will be a participative process, including market research, to arrive at a proposal for concrete details of the broad bachelor;
  • The broad bachelor in Leeuwarden will, in terms of name and profile, clearly distinguish itself from the University College Groningen;
  • The University Council has the right to prior consultation in respect of the application for the macro-efficiency test of the broad bachelor programme;
  • The University Council has the right of consent in respect of the organisational form of the yet to be established entity RUG/CF.

Having taken note of these promises, the Council with a large majority decided to issue a positive advice on the development plan.

Level of college fees

Also for advice there was the proposal for the level of the college fees 2016/2017. A proposal by SOG to make all pre-masters relatively equally expensive was only supported by the Lijst STERK. The Board's proposal subsequently got a positive advice from the majority of the Council.

Language of University Council documents

The Board proposes to summarize, from now on, all University Council documents in an English-language memorandum of no more than 4 pages. This would mean that a number of documents that used to be provided in Dutch will now only be provided in English. On the insistence of the Council the Board will look into the costs of publication of these memorandums in two languages.

Other business

  • The Council, once again, has given feedback on the draft Strategic Plan
  • The Annual Report 2014-2015 of the CUOS was discussed
  • The problems surrounding booking trips abroad by staff have been discussed. The Board calls on staff to keep on passing on complaints.
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