The Nation of “Undertakers”

On English in education and the question of Identity By Daniël van Hemert Lately, to an increasing extent, the atmosphere towards the use of the English language in Dutch higher education has turned sceptical. Although it is difficult to put a finger on exactly where this change in atmosphere originates from, most of the news media started reporting on the…

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Why we value our professors highly

By Kirsten Kapteijns In September, the Elsevier ranking was published. Overall University Colleges are performing well, but one topic deserves special attention: the high ratings of our professors, a fact that has also been acknowledged by Elsevier itself. Elsevier bases its numbers mostly on the National Student Survey (NSE, Nationale Studenten Enquete), which means that professors at the UCs score…

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LAS Alumni Survey Fall 2017

In the fall of 2017, the University Colleges Deans’ Network commissioned a joint alumni survey of graduates of the University Colleges as well as other Liberal Arts and Sciences programs in the Netherlands. This survey aimed to discover what students did after completing their bachelor programs, including the graduate programs they attended and their current position on the labor market.…

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Are you an ‘excellent’ student?

The second week of this semester, my supervisor said something interesting. There was a discussion on which students should be admitted to the honours programme, based on past academic record and achievement in the entrance exams. The discussion was on what makes a good honours student , and my co-worker gave his view: “An honours student is a gifted student,…

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UCM hosts conference on Capitalism & Democracy

Economics? What’s economics? The term is as omnipresent as it is contested, yet a variety of scholars employ a definition which sees Economics as a science studying human behaviour under conditions of scarce resources with alternative uses to reach desired ends. This definition is, first, very abstract and, second, apolitical. Yet, students of economics usually study a capitalist system, not…

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Exploratory student survey Spring 2017

Important findings in this survey include the possibility to do additional research on the number of (first year) UC students that drop out, the amount of rent UC students pay compared to regional and national averages, the number of UC students that has a side job compared to regional and national averages, positive and negative effects of ‘the bubble’ and…

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