According to Lijst Calimero, it is the main task of the UG to provide its students with high quality education. Therefore, the content of your university degree programme is essential for the value of your diploma.
Role of research in studies
The UG characterises itself as a leading research university, carrying out socially relevant research. This way, the UG contributes to our society. This aspect of our university should be cherished by protecting independent research. Furthermore, we want to ensure that all students are entitled to take part in research.
Stimulate implementation of research courses at bachelor level
A research course is a great way to get prepared for writing your bachelor thesis. To get more attention for research in the bachelor, Lijst Calimero wants to stimulate faculties to implement small-scale research courses in the bachelor.
Install safeguards for the quality and independence of research
To guarantee the quality of research, as well as to keep the balance between independent and market-driven research, Lijst Calimero pleads for independent (third party) safeguards at every faculty that will evaluate the independence and quality of research proposals.
In a globalised world, where workfields become more and more intertwined, it would be ignorant for the university to hold onto static curricula within scientific fields. In order to stay up to date, the UG should invest in interdisciplinary education to prepare its students for their work later on and stimulate soft skills like negotiation, teamwork and creative thinking.
Set up more interdisciplinary minors
Lijst Calimero strongly advocates the implementation of interdisciplinary minors. As an example, we raised the idea of the rhetoric minor, in which you learn the art of public speaking. With students from other faculties, you receive input and knowledge from different perspectives.
Promote interdisciplinary learning communities
In interdisciplinary learning communities, people from different studies and backgrounds work together to tackle interdisciplinary problems. By doing so, students learn from one another. Lijst Calimero wants more learning communities and believes that they should be available to all students.
The world is changing rapidly, and so is the labour market. The university has to prepare students by teaching them relevant knowledge and skills. We believe that the university has to take on an active role in employability, in order to help them bridge the gap between university and the labour market.
Focus on the development of relevant skills for your career
In today’s world, it becomes more and more important to possess a broad set of knowledge, skills, work habits, and character traits. In order to prepare students for their future career, the UG needs to acknowledge this demand and thus incorporate it into the curricula at the UG.
Abolish the fees for Career Services
Lijst Calimero thinks that students should be able to attend all the trainings of Career Services free of charge. To prevent a no-show, a deposit system, such as what ACLO is already using, should be installed.
Change the role of Career Services
Lijst Calimero wants to make Career Services a better fit for students by changing the structure. Every faculty demands a different approach, so Lijst Calimero suggests that the focus of Career Services shifts to a bottom-up approach. In doing so, employability will be improved together with study programmes and study associations themselves.
As a compensation for the abolishment of student grants, universities receives extra financial resources. The University Council has a large say in determining how these resources will be used. For Lijst Calimero, our priority is to ensure that all students benefit from it by investing in high quality and small-scale education.
Supervise the expenditure of extra government funds
Lijst Calimero wants to closely monitor if the money is truly invested in small-scale education, university-wide minors that are accessible for all students, and personalised learning.