On October fifth, the first Faculty Council meeting of this year took place. Some highlights:

 

General

  • The board of TSH wants to change the name into Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences to better cover the school’s expertise and activities. The new abbreviation will probably be TSHD.
  • Within TSH, 40% of the teachers have their BKO (basiskwalificatie onderwijs) at this moment. The goal is to have 100% certified teachers in 2020, so there is still a lot of work to do.
  • The number of new first year’s students is stable. This will be discussed in detail when official numbers are available.
  • The council has not yet given advice on the new budget plans. The documents were available only a few days before the council meeting and some council felt they did not have the opportunity to fully understand the budget plans. The council and the board agreed that there will be a written advice for the board in 2 weeks.

Education:

  • The Communication and Information Sciences (CIS) tracks Data Science: Business and Governance and Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence will, if the accreditation will be given, become two separate studies within TSHD, as from September 2018 and September 2019 respectively. The Faculty Board said that this won’t influence the study Communication and Information Sciences, that it will stay as broad as it is now.
  • Evaluating the quality of education will be given extra attention in the coming years. Course evaluations are an important part of that, and the board will investigate ways to in crease the respons on these evaluation.
  • Since this academic year, there will be lectures in the Spoorzone, especially for students of the track Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence (CSAI). These lectures take place in the Deprez Building across the railway station. Facilities, such as WiFi, are still improving.
  • There is a privisional visitation report for the Bachelor and Master programs of Philosophy. Both turned out to be sufficient. There were some remarks, for example the guidance of theses and internships could be improved, so the department of Philosophy is working on that