Elections coming up: IBA Students within University Politics #1
The University elections are coming up! On April 21, 22 and 23, you can vote for who you would like to see as your representative in the University Council and Faculty Council.
The University council decides on projects concerning the entire university, such as study places or international student housing.
The Faculty Council is working on the level of TiSEM. They can discuss faculty specific subjects like quality of education and career orientation.
In this article, you can read what drives Lars van Loenen, #2 on the list of Front, to participate in the elections for the University Council.
My name is Lars van Loenen and in my third year of the bachelor International Business Administration. Upcoming year I want to represent the Tilburg University students in the University Council on behalf of Front.
During my time at Tilburg University I have learned how important the personal development next to your studies is for students and that this needs to be stimulated. Since my return from my exchange last January, the idea has been to take on a new challenge. I therefore looked for myself in which I would see myself excelling but also gaining experience. In addition to managerial experience and practice-oriented work, I was looking for something where I could make an impact on the things I would be working on.
“During my time at Tilburg University I have learned how important the personal development next to your studies is for students and that this needs to be stimulated“
The University Council offers me this opportunity to the fullest. In the University Council students and employees have influence on policy decisions and the state of affairs of the university. As a student representative, I will be one of the eighteen representatives who obtained a chair during the elections. Students vote for a representative from either Front or SAM.
The student representatives are the ones who address university-related concerns of students to the rest of the University Council. The representatives can then submit propositions for solutions of problems encountered by students. Therefore, as a representative of all the Tilburg University students you have the responsibility to listen to input from students and act accordingly in the University Council in the interest of these students.
This is the type of challenge I would like to fulfil in the interest of all students. Politics has always had my interest and being in a managerial role suits perfectly with my study IBA. In addition, the University Council forms the basis of a large social network and stimulates involvement with a large group of students with different interests that you will represent.
One of my objectives is to achieve more audio and video lectures this upcoming year. This will also affect the IBA students. The amount of recorded lectures is increasing rapidly due to the current situation with COVID-19, but I would like to strive for a permanent expansion of the IT services so that more courses can be recorded in the future. Furthermore, I want every student to be able to find and use a personal workplace at the university as this is considered to be difficult during examination periods.
The elections will take place from April 21st– 23rd this year, so vote to be represented!