Who are we?
Quick introduction of this year’s NFK Education Team. We are Emma, Sophie, Zoë and Nynke. Emma makes for our most experienced member of the team since she has been active on the topic of education for a while now. She has a hate-love relationship with spelling mistakes and finally, she thinks meerkats are awesome. Last year Sophie was a member of NFK’s sportsteam: it has been alluded that she transformed philosopher girls into true Messi’s. With her contagious enthusiasm she will gladly defend your rights on the education front. Happy go lucky Zoë is currently in the second stage of the international BA programme hence she offers a variety of perspectives. By the means of critical reflection, Nynke desires to make life more beautiful for everyone. Before one starts to debate her on politics, one preferably consults a newspaper (or 10), for she detects pseudo-intellectual nonsense from a mile of…
During the academic year of 2015-2016 we will do our very best to represent all students of the HIW with the utmost integrity. 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 email@example.com .
For more information about the educational and exam regulations go to: https://hiw.kuleuven.be/ned/onderwijs/oer.html.
What do we do?
We represent you, the students, in various bodies in the faculty (POC and Faculty Council) and AV STURA.
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 here: https://hiw.kuleuven.be/ned/onderwijs/poc-verslagen.html
This year’s POC’s take place on the following dates: October 22nd, November 26, February 25 and April 21st . Prior to each POC, a so called Education Bureau is organized by us. Here, students can offer input on which matters they would like to see discussed during the POC-meeting. It is a platform for students to lay out their concerns about education related issues to their representatives that is Team Education.
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 HIW has a seat in the General Assemblee of the Student Council (“Algemene Vergadering Studentenraad — AV Stura). This is the official Student Council on the level of the entire university (KULeuven). In this, the HIW has one vote. These meetings take place bi-weekly. For more information please look here: http://www.sturakuleuven.be/
Team Education 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 facebook page of NFK.
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 this year there is COBRA. The implementation of COBRA has to do with securing the quality of education per faculty. It is a method which evaluates education and its structure from the bottom up. By means of “COBRA-talks” with ad randomly chosen students about their educational experience in reference to the future.
You can find more information about this here: https://www.kuleuven.be/onderwijs/nieuwsbrief/onderwijsontwikkelingen/cobra and http://www.sturakuleuven.be/cobra/
Naturally NFK Education has a facebook page where you can find information on what we are doing if you are interested. https://www.facebook.com/NFKeducation?fref=ts
With this we hope that you have gained on insight into 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.
All the best! Emma, Zoë, Sophie and Nynke.