Our pillars of 2020!

Marieke van der Pol: Internationalization

I want to work on internationalisation of the university and its programs, students and staff. For me this means mainly finetuning the system that already exists. There already are many services for international students and the communication is good in English. 

I would like to make sure foreign students feel more comfortable and at home by helping them find (affordable) housing, teaching them what the Dutch culture is like, offering basic Dutch lessons and teaching them how Dutch cycling rules and culture works. 

On the flip side, I think professors and the university should make clear when communication can be done in Dutch or should be done in English so that Dutch students also know what they’re up against.

Madelief Tresonie: Social Networking

I want to make more connections between the different studies that TSHD is rich. This ranges from collaborations with the study associations to new events to come together and get to know each other and each other’s study programmes. My pillar is called ‘social networking’, since both online and offline it is of essence that you know the right people for the right job.

With my pillar ‘social networking’ I mean that both online and offline there are platforms and opportunities for people from different study programs to meet up. This can be to extend their social network but also to gain information to, for example, do a master afterwards in this field. Students can get a first-hand description of what they can expect. Like said previously, it is of importance that people know you and know what you are capable of so that they can talk positively about you in later conversations. My main focus is to have events to make Dante more visible and to have people connect with each other in a fun way, by a way of quizzing or a gala.

Julius Graafsma: Labor Market Orientation

I want to be able to really connect people to their study, be a voice for those who have trouble being heard. Moreover, I want to
move the faculty forward. The future is unpacking right in front of our eyes and it is of the utmost importance that we can fit our faculty into this future. How do we enable students to evolve into contributing members of society? What can we do to make our study more adapt to actual working jobs?

Maciej Gadzala: Digitalisation

Digitalization should be a two way street– these tools should also be made available for students, and acquiring further ones
should be also tied with a focus on providing students with digital tools too (such as additional quizzes after lectures, etc.)
While talking with teachers, it became apparent to me that the contact they have with students is to a degree being pushed into video format instead of real life contact: video lectures, ‘knowledge bits’ (short clips of 5-10 minutes of explanations on a certain topic).
Students should still be able to retain the contact with teachers through real life interaction, as it is crucial to our development and education. Videos and digitalization in general is auxiliary to it and should remain so.  Digitalization should also offer new opportunities for students and expand possibilities for education.

Michael Quinlan – Quality of Education

It goes without saying that Student Party Dante strives to improve the quality of our education on a daily basis. To keep the quality as high as possible, we monitor and evaluate all the ongoing changes within our faculty regularly. Besides that, we will closely follow the implementation of the mentorship program called PASS, in order to make sure that this will go as smoothly as possible and to make sure that the contents will be in line with the Tilburg Education Profile. Student Party Dante is also looking into the thesis guidance process. We strive to streamline the thesis guidance process as much as possible, so that the guidance students receive is as similar as possible and no student experiences any (dis)advantages.