In this segment of the newsletter the fraction will keep members updated on recent development, stances and other interesting news in sight of fractionwork.
About the International University
A few times a year, the University Council meet in an informal setting and discuss big, current topics with support of staff members. This time, we had a great session concerning Internationalization.
Bachelor programs turning English, international experience and our campus culture; all of these topics cause a lot of discussion among students and staff. The Council tries to map all views and form a position as a starting point for discussion with the executive board.
We’re glad that a lot of policy advisors of TU/e were glad to help us out; we invited speakers specialized in topics of valorization in international context, the freshly installed TU/e community manager and several others.
The Council concluded that the transition our university is making is a good one, but a number of conditions are to be considered. Achieving a Master’s degree in an international environment is very beneficial for your personal development, but it should not be at the expense of education quality. Staff, both academic and supportive, should be respectively required or advised to assess their lingual skills and when needed, be completing a course in English. We consider this the only way to guarantee a minimal drop in education quality. Furthermore, all study material should be in the language used throughout the course. Supportive staff, i.e. the student services and ICT front offices, lab assistants et cetera should be able to communicate properly with our international community.
Next newsletter, we’ll discuss the next topic in the internationalization discussion; community concerns.