As of this year, it will be much easier for international students to join a participation council or sit on the board of a student association. Internationalisation organisation Nuffic and the Dutch National Student Association (ISO) are pleased with the news.
The internationalization of the UT creates problems, partly due to cultural differences in interaction. This is stated in a report on integral safety management. Crisis situations are also increasingly emerging. The UT should therefore invest in experts in this field, according to the advice of professor Joop Halman.
Dutch Education Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven wants to prevent an excessive influx of the number of international students. Today she defends her plans in the Dutch House of Representatives. Ahead of this debate, here are some facts and opinions to put things in perspective.
One in eight non-European new Bachelor's students had study problems in the last academic year due to psychological, social or medical circumstances. This is stated in the annual report of the Personal Circumstances Committee (CPO). The committee sees new thresholds for these students, such as money problems and housing.
Great education is more than the right combination of quality and equity, say two researchers from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Language and culture also matter.
Universities and universities of applied sciences in the Netherlands must ensure that their students once again learn to read and write proper Dutch, says the government. There will even be a standard for students’ ‘communication skills’.
An inclusive university is a two-way street. That is the scope of the concept code of conduct languages that will be discussed tomorrow in the University Council. The Executive Board expects Dutch UT staff to speak English where logical. Internationals will receive more support to learn Dutch.
Teachers and students of the Computer Science bachelor's and master's degree programs now have stricter guidelines for the use of the English language. They are expected to communicate in English during breaks, even if there are no people of other nationalities around. The faculty council has questions about this new code.
The group of international students at the UT is growing steadily every year. To familiarize these internationals with the Netherlands, the university has a Buddy program that links new students to an experienced mentor. Two of these buddy couples talk about their experiences in Twente.
Internationalization is one of the focus points of the Vision 2020 of the University. As a result, we have seen a strong increment of international staff and students. This change poses some challenges but also brings opportunities. A lot of things have been said regarding the challenges a more diverse campus brings us. We feel the community could focus on ways to smoothen out the bumps in the road, and should embrace diversity on campus.
The Kick-In attracts fewer and fewer participants. The percentage decreased by eight percent in three years. A 'problem analysis' done by the Student Union shows that not all new students find the program attractive.
How should the UT deal with the 34 percent non-European first-year Bachelor students who experience psychological and social problems on campus? The Platform International Affairs (PIA) met this week to come up with an advice for the University Committee for Education.
'I don’t want compassion, but help,' says the Mexican bachelor student Javier. Because compassion is what he got when he talked to the UT psychologist about the alienation he felt from all those other students.
The University of Twente is actively working on its international profile - by setting up collaborations all over the world, with a special attention on so called ‘focus countries’. In this series we explore what it takes to convince students and researchers from often the other side of the planet that the UT is ‘the place to be’. In this episode we shine a spotlight on India.