Policy Plan Pro Geo 2016-2017
Higher education is constantly changing, also within the Faculty of Spatial Sciences (FSS). The task of Pro Geo is to contribute to and, where possible, improve the quality of the education given by the Faculty. We believe high quality education should challenge students and provide them with the possibility to develop themselves in their field of education. In addition, students should also be given the opportunity to gain experience in their work field, where they can practice skills and share knowledge learned in the classroom.
In the coming years, the bachelor’s programmes will be restructured, with an increased international focus. The board of Pro Geo aims to contribute to ensuring the high quality of education and will focus in the coming year on a number of education issues, as laid out in the policy plan for 2016-2017. This page is a summary of the policy plan. The entire policy plan can be downloaded by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page.
1. Monotoring the quality of education
1.1 Programme Committees
The introduction of an “information document” for the Programme Committees (PCs) will provide a clear description of the tasks of and make clear what is expected from each student member throughout the year. The education and examination regulations (Dutch: OER, Onderwijs en Examen Regelement) will also be discussed in this document.
1.2 Complaint Policy
Students who have any comments on education-related issues can submit these to Pro Geo. To ensure that the complaints are clearly understood, students will be given the opportunity to explain their complaints in person with one of the board members. The issue will be discussed with the associated parties, so that a suitable solution can be found.
1.3 Learning Communities (LC’s)
The LC’s will play a major role in the bachelors this year. In particular, the first-year bachelor students will be kept quite busy. Short lines of communication will be maintained between the LC coordinators and mentors, to keep abreast of the progress of the LC’s. It is also important that the staff at the faculty are up to date on the LC’s and the and the World Saving Think Tanks (LC’s for the second-year students).
Beginning in September 2017, all courses at the FSS will be taught in English. Pro Geo is an organization for all students in the Faculty, which is why Pro Geo will also undergo internationalization in parallel to that of the FSS. To get started in the right direction, a plan will be set up to gradually implement the internationalization process, and with time, international students will find participation in Pro Geo and the Faculty Council to be more appealing. The first step will be to publish all communications in English, in addition to Dutch, with the aim of having a fully-English website by the end of this academic year. In addition, Pro Geo advocates English minutes of F-council meetings to ensure that our proceedings are accessible to international staff and students.
3.1 Connections with work experience
Today there is a strong work experience program associated with the bachelor’s Spatial Planning and Design. However, the parallel program for the bachelor’s Human Geography, and Urban and Regional Planning could be improved. For this program, the aim is to achieve greater visibility of field-related assignments and lectures via practical application in the field.
We strive for a better connection between undergraduate programs and the opportunities offered by the faculty to be able to do an internship. Making it easier for students to choose to do and internship during their minor. In order to achieve this, this will be submitted to the working group employability and will be checked whether a placement market is feasible, perhaps in combination with the “alumni around the table ‘event.
With the prospect of decreasing revenue, Pro Geo will investigate alternative opportunities which may benefit our financial situation.
5. Professional development and communication
Newsletters, coffee hours and up-to-date social media channels will be used to increase awareness of Pro Geo among students. The information boards at the Faculty will also be leveraged. The aim is to maintain good cooperation with the faculty, Ibn Battuta, Geo Promotion, Girugten, the Real Estate Club, the student assessor of the Faculty Board and the LC coordinators. LinkedIn usage will be increased to professionalize and stay in touch with the employment market
Starting this year, Pro Geo has a new website that requires additional promotion; possible actions to achieve this include links from other social media channels and the introduction of a Pro Geo update. Our goal is to increase the number of site visits. As mentioned earlier, Pro Geo will be accessible to all students at the faculty by creating a fully English website.
Board Pro Geo 2016-2017
Wouter van Heugten
*The entire policy plan 2016-2017 can be downloaded here.