Our election program

For 15 years, Lijst Calimero has been committed to ensuring high quality education at the University of Groningen (UG). Our party has been the most substantive, with a vision based on the idea that students come here to receive a challenging, interesting and thought-provoking education. This is a type of education that we want to ensure for all students, while being an inclusive and sustainable university.

Our vision

Our vision is based on three themes. We want to improve what you study, how you study and where you study.

Where you study

The main focus of the UG is delivering a high quality of education. But, in order for students to develop to their fullest potential, the university should do more than just facilitating a study. The UG should provide the optimal environment for students to develop themselves on an academic and personal level, whilst keeping their wellbeing in mind.

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What you study

Lijst Calimero thinks that the main responsibility of the UG is providing high-quality education. This is because the content of your study determines the value of your diploma. This value contains more than just academic and scientific skills, but also a sense of personal development is highly important.

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How you study

In order to let students function at their fullest potential, the structure of education should be of high quality. The needs of the individual students should be the main focus of a degree program. There should be more awareness amongst students about what they can influence when it comes to their degrees.

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In short

How you study

  • Encourage small scale education
  • Increase digitized testing where possible
  • More online lectures
  • Careful implementation of new software
  • Anonymous testing
  • Improve the website of the UG
  • Implement indoor maps
  • Provide grading statistics in the grading centre
  • Promote Learning Communities
  • Increase the amount of teachers
  • Good training for student assistants
  • Only internationalize if quality of education increases
  • Train English of teachers to C1 level
  • More free Dutch language courses
  • Excellent education for everyone
  • Open bachelor courses to master students
  • Discontinue bursary student experiment
  • Speak out against budget cuts by the government

What you study

  • Improve Career Services
  • Include workfield in the curriculum and offer more internships
  • Encourage interdisciplinary minors, such as our own new rhetorics minor
  • Balance fundamental & market-driven research
  • Promote research masters
  • Money of abolished study grants should increase quality of education
  • Supervise the expenditure of the extra government funds

Where you study

  • Stop growing as University until sufficient housing and lecture halls are available
  • Decrease marketing budget aimed at actively attracting more students
  • Stop short-stay contracts
  • No new branch campuses, problems in Groningen should be sorted out first
  • Student psychologists: no more waiting lists, better intercultural competence and focus on prevention of mental health problems
  • Make the Well-being Week into an annual campaign
  • Introduce lifestyle & dietary coaches
  • Look into goal-setting programmes
  • Tuition free board years also for non-EEA students
  • Discount on tuition fees for board members
  • Extracurricular ECTS for board years
  • UB: extend opening hours, introduce double monitors on computers and start to use the bicycle basement
  • More microwaves in the UG buildings
  • UG catering: lower prices, more vegan and vegetarian options and discount on hot drinks when bringing your own cup
  • Affordable hot meals in UG cafeterias of good quality
  • Introduce energy officers to improve sustainability
  • Make energy transition in UG buildings
  • Reduce waste in the UG
  • Improve role of sustainability in education
  • Professionalize student representation
  • Involve faculty councils in appointing new faculty board members
  • Better information for disabled students
  • Make a course on sign language
  • Create a building for international student organizations
  • Create coherence between Campus Frysl├ón and Groningen