The Board has asked the University Council to agree to a proposal to participate in an experiment with bursaries (scholarship PhD candidates). The Science fraction agreed with the present proposal giving well-founded reasons and the recommendations made by the fraction (for instance about the issue of certificates to candidates who drop out after a short while) were taken to heart by the Board. Lijst Sterk expressed support for the proposal and indicated that it considers the communication concerning the differences between bursaries and regular PhD students to be important. The Personnel fraction, Lijst Calimero and SOG each had a list of critical questions. In its answer the Board has clarified quite a number of issues and made promises, such as:
After these promises the Council eventually agreed unanimously with the experiment.
University College Groningen
The evaluation of the Groningen University College was discussed. The Council expressed its concern about the registration figures but observed that the evaluation is thorough and that it gives hope for the future.
University Campus Fryslân
Also the activities in Leeuwarden were discussed. The Council criticized the use of the term "University College Leeuwarden", in answer to which the Board indicated that this is not a college of Liberal Arts like the one in Groningen. In future documents the Board will take care to use a more accurate terminology.
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