Organisation education UTwente
One of the tasks ConcepT has taken upon itself is to ensure the quality of education. Within ConcepT, the Officer of Educational Affairs is responsible for this task. At a higher level, this is taken care of by the Educational Committee and the Faculty Council. Below, the structure of educational system at the University of Twente will be explained.
Officer of Educational Affairs
The Officer of Educational Affairs is a board member of ConcepT. His or her tasks are primarily based around education. The Officer of Educational Affairs takes care of complaints related to education. If you have a complaint, you can fill out the complaint form on our website or speak to the Officer of Educational Affairs in the ConcepT-room. Besides complaint handling, the Officer of Educational Affairs has a guest seat in the Educational Committee, he or she manages panel discussions with students and teachers and is frequently in contact with the programme director, education coordinator and study advisor. Therefore, if you have any education related question, do not hesitate to ask the Officer of Educational Affairs!
The Educational Committee is an advisory body of the Educational Board. Since September of 2017, this committee has the right of consent, in addition to the pre-existing right of consultation. The committee consists of five student members and five teachers. Currently, the five students are: Ruben Akse, Hille Drenth, Birgit de Lange, Danielle van Middendorp, and Jannik Vissers. In addition to the student and teacher members, the programme director, educational coordinator and Officer of Educational Affairs are guests during the meetings. The Educational Committee meets around eight times per year. During these meeting the course evaluations, the Teaching and Examination Regulations (TER), and other actual educational subjects will be discussed. If you have any questions about de Educational Committee, please get in touch with one of the student members or the Officer of Educational Affairs.
The Faculty is one level above the Educational Board. Civil Engineering is part of the faculty Engineering Technology (ET). At faculty level, the Faculty Board consists of the dean and all programme directors of the associated Study Programmes.
The Faculty Council is the advisory body of the Faculty Board. The Faculty Council has the right of consent. The council consists of five students and five staff members. The student members of the council are chosen each year by the students of the three study programmes of ET. Currently the Faculty Council consists of two students of Mechanical Engineering, two of Industrial Design and one of Civil Engineering. During meetings of the Faculty Council, faculty wide issues will be discussed.
The institute in our case is the University of Twente. On this level we can distinguish the Supervisory Board, the Executive Board and the University Council. The Supervisory Board is tasked with the supervision of the board and the management of the University as a whole, ensuring compliance with the current legal regulations and advising the Executive Board.
The Executive Board is the highest executive council of the University of Twente and is charged with the administration and management of the University. The Executive Board of the University of Twente consists of the following three members:
- President: Victor van der Chijs, LLM
- Rector Magnificus: Prof. dr. Thom Palstra
- Vice President: dr. Mirjam Bult
The University Council is the central participation body of the UT and has regular discussions with the Executive Board. The University Council contains of 18 members; nine staff members and nine students. The University Council has a say in the policy of the UT at the central level.
Four parties are currently represented in the University Council: Campus Coalitie, DAS, UReka and PvdUT. They provide the nine student member of the University Council and are chosen through a yearly election.
On the highest level, the government is responsible for the education of students. More specifically the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (in Dutch: Ministerie van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschapen (OCW)) is responsible for the entire educational system, from kindergarten to higher education such as given at universities.