Every month we will share an update from the group on the website. In this update, the group explains what projects and conversations we are working on within the USC, what issues have been raised in the Joint Assembly and what the opinion of asap is.
We have started this year with a bang with interesting committee meetings and a Joint Assembly. That is what this group update will focus on. Apart from the GV, we all started up again with our projects after the Christmas holidays and exam period and we will enter the new period with great enthusiasm. We hope that you all had a good exam period as well and that you can start the new term fresh!
The USR has written a memorandum in which we plead for a yes -unless policy for weblectures. In other words, we argue for a wider availability and accessibility of weblectures for all students. Weblectures provide students with a great deal of flexibility in education. This flexibility ensures that students who have access to weblectures have more opportunities to, among other things, work alongside their studies, do board or committee work and do internships. Currently it depends on the choice of study whether a student can make use of this. The USC finds this problematic. With the executive board (CvB) we started a good conversation about the importance of proportional accessibility of weblectures. The arguments that the USC has made, will be included in the follow-up talks that will be held around the renewed educational vision, which will be delivered later this year.
State of Affairs of the University Strategy
This cycle we got to look back at the strategy of Radboud University and evaluate the current state of affairs. The committee meeting was a productive conversation with the chair of the Executive Board, Daniel Wigboldus. What is important to know is that the characteristically high quality of education at Radboud University did not decrease, despite the corona pandemic. Although it did lead to some delay, such as writing a new educational vision, it also led to progress in terms of digitalization. One aspect, where the corona crisis did have a negative impact, is the internationalization of Radboud. This is known to the Executive Board and they will put extra focus on it by, for example, developing temporary student housing solutions for international students.
Furthermore, research at Radboud university is also of high quality. To make it possible to keep the standard this high, Radboud is increasingly active with reacting to important changes now. This means more emphasis on more collaboration between disciplines to solve the problems of our time.
While the evaluation of the current strategy was very positive and shows that Radboud is on track to achieve their aims, the question on whether these aims still fit was also brought up. The executive board works to answer that question until the end of the year.
Collaboration agreement Maastricht
In November 2021, the Executive Board signed the Letter of Intent regarding collaboration with Maastricht University. In this agreement, the universities intend to work together more intensively. In the GV this declaration of intent was put forward for information. The intensive collaboration will focus on themes that fit the strategic agenda of both universities. The universities are convinced that academic cooperation contributes, on the one hand, to the development of the university and, on the other hand, to the future-proofing of the university and research for the societal challenges in the region.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Plan and Gender Equality Plan Radboud University
During the last Joint Assembly we got to discuss the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Plan for 2021-2024. Since March 2021 feedback and input was collected through a consultation process. These findings can be read in the lively document, which is made with creativity to engage the audience. The main goal of the DEI plan is that everyone in the Radboud University community has to play a part. In this way, challenges can be approached in an inter-multi-disciplinary way to create more interconnectedness than before. The plan also reflects on the general strategy, vision and goals of the Radboud University. Additionally, the Gender Equality Plan was discussed. The plan is created to show that the Radboud University promotes gender equity at university and complies with EU criteria. This plan will be actively communicated within the organization and progress reports will be regularly made. Obviously, the GEP plan is in line with the DEI plan.