Education representation

Who are we?

NFK’s Education Team represents all students of the HIW. You can come to us with questions and grievances, opinions and praises you may have concerning education at our faculty. We will help you as best we can with problems you might encounter for instance with your exam schedule, class schedule, study material, etc. Please do not hesitate to mail us at onderwijs@nfk.beFor more information about the educational and exam regulations see the OER (Education and Exam Regulations).

An overview of the representatives for this academic year can be found via this link.

What do we do?

We represent you, the students, in various bodies both within the faculty and in Leuven. Most prominent are the POC, the Faculty Council, the General Assembly of the Student Council.

The POC (Permanent Education Committee) generally meets four times a year. Overall there are two POC’s: one for the Dutch speaking programme, the other one for the International Programme, including the MPhil. On this level, concrete matters concerning education at play within the HIW are discussed i.e. the programmes, didactical methods and exam systems. The POC also decides on and regulates the practical organization of education i.e. class schedules, guidance with studying, exam format and of exam flexibility. Students formulate at least one third of the POC and by extension have a fair amount of influence when it comes to voting. This is the point where we can share the general opinion of the philosophy students with the other members of the faculty. Minutes of the POC meetings can be found on the website of the HIWThis year’s POC’s take place on the following dates: October 22nd, November 26, February 25 and April 21st.

The POC offers its proposals to the Faculty Council about the Programme Philosophy (both Dutch and International). This is where the issues are discussed on the level of the faculty. This year’s Faculty Council meetings are on: October 29th, December 10, February 11th, March 24th, Mai 19th.

Furthermore, the education team has a seat in the General Assemblee of the Student Council (a.k.a. Stura). This is the official Student Council on the level of the entire university. The students of the HIW together have one vote. These meetings take place bi-weekly. For more information please visitsturakuleuven.be.

Next to student representation, the education team also organizes activities. For instance, two times a year we organize a Speaker’s Corner in cooperation with NFK International. For dates and themes we refer to the agenda and the newsletter.

How do we represent your opinions?

At the end of each semester you will be asked to evaluate your classes and professors via official evaluation forms. The results are very important and are taken very seriously by the faculty. Furthermore, as of 2015 there is COBRA, securing the quality of education per faculty. It is a method which evaluates education and its structure from the bottom up by means of talks and discussions with randomly chosen students about their educational experience in reference to the future. You can find more information about it on the website of KU Leuven as well as on sturakuleuven.be/cobra.

Prior to each POC, NFK organizes a so called Education Bureau. Here, students can offer input on matters they would like to see discussed during the POC-meetings. It is a platform for students to lay out their concerns about education related issues to their representatives.

To be easily accessible and update you with the latest news on eduction representation, NFK Education has a facebook page where you can find information on what we are doing.

With this we hope to have given you some insight in the role that your student representatives play at the Institute of Philosophy. If you have further questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact us at onderwijs@nfk.be.