Student Governance at USE
Within USE students are represented by various different people and bodies. Students at USE are represented in the bachelor and master Degree Program Committees (DPC/ OC), the Faculty Council (REBO/ LEG), the USE Board, and in the BUS and GBU. This group of students regulary get together in StIB, the Student Interest Body of ECU’92 in order to discuss issues related to education, facilities and other USE problems.
Why is StIB important?
The Student Interest Body (StIB) allows student representatives to brainstorm and create a common line on issues. Moreover, it enables a more broad approach to student governance allowing the creation and analysis of surveys and comprehensive reports on a variation of topics (i.e. survey and subsequent report on internationalization).
What are the different councils in StIB?
Degree Program Committee (DPC)
The Degree Program Committee is the program-related council. As of this academic year
there are two DPC’s (OC’s in Dutch) one for the bachelor and one for the master. They both consist of four students and four teachers. One of the main tasks of the DPCs is to look at the course evaluation every period and send comments and suggestion to the directors of studies. Furthermore, the DPC, together with the BUS (Board of Undergraduate Studies) and the GBU (Graduate Board of USE) is in charge of approving the courses description that will be posted on Osiris. The most important task of the DPC is to look at the changes in then exam rules and regulation (ERR in English and OER in Dutch). As of the academic year 2017/18, the DPC as power of consent on some changes and power of advise on other changes according to Dutch Law.
Faculty Council LEG
The Faculty Council is the faculty-related council. As for the DPC, half of the council consist
of students and the other half consist of staff members. The representatives in this council come from the different departments within the faculty of REBO (LEG in English). The main tasks of the faculty council are: representing USE at the faculty level, voting on the allocation of the budget of the faculty, improving the teaching methods used in the departments, trying to improve the cohesion of the whole faculty, and improving student life in general at a higher level. For more information, visit: https://www.uu.nl/en/
organisation/faculty-of-law- economics-and-governance/ faculty-council
BUS/ GBU Representative
The student representative in the Board Undergraduate Studies (BUS)/ Graduate Board Utrecht (GBU) brings the student prospective and student related issues to the directors of bachelor and masters. The BUS and the GBU are focused on the quality of education at USE and the members of the two boards help the directors of studies with the decision regarding education. These two boards are specific to USE as most of the other departments at Utrecht University do not have them. The coordinator of Education of ECU’92 is by norm the student representative in the BUS and GBU. The director of studies are responsible for the quality of education and the coordination of the bachelor and master programs.
The student assessor is the student representative in the USE Board in which he/she brings the student prospective and the student related issues to them. The board of USE is the highest and most influential board at USE as they look at the finance, HR, strategy and
research of the school of economics. The head of department, the managing director, the
director of research, the two directors of studies (master and bachelor), and the student assessors are part of this board. The student assessor has a formal vote with the same weight as the others.