Participation at the TU Delft
The Central Student Council (CSC) is the official representation of all DUT students. Every month the CSC has a formal meeting with the Executive Board. The CSC consists of 10 students who put one full time year of their effort in defending student rights. Every year in May, elections take place to divide the 10 seats over the two parties. This year ORAS has 7 out of the 10 seats in the CSC.
In the end of May two weeks of campaign are followed by two days of elections. Any party can take part in the elections, but the last three years only two parties do: ORAS and Lijst Bèta. This intensive campaign is very important to show students what the Student Council does. Furthermore a high show-up percentage gives a better representation, which is useful in discussions with the Executive Board. The average show-up percentage is around 40%, which is quite high for Student Council elections compared domestically.
All parties have a list with 30 people on it. The maximum seats available in the Council is ten, so at least 20 people are not on the list to be elected themselves, but rather to show support towards the parties ideas and vision. Then, in September of the new academic year, the new elected members officially start their year in the CSC.
Participation has a certain structure and hierarchy, which is displayed in the following chart.
Executive Board and Supervisory Board
The Executive Board (EB) is managing the university. This work is done by 3 people in the Board. Dirk Jan van den Berg (President), Karel Luyben (Rector Magnificus) and Anka Mulder (Vice President for Education and Operations). The Executive Board must justify decisions to the Supervisory Board.
Central Student Council
The Central Student Council is the formal representation of all students at the EB. On this central level there are two official representations. The Works Council (for employees) and the Student Council (for students).
The CSC gives advice to the EB about certain decisions. This could be about regulations, facilities or changes in education. In some cases the CSC has a veto right. For example the ‘’Student Charter’’ or the institutional plan.
Facultary Student Councils
Next to the CSC there are Facultary Student Councils at every faculty. They have a monthly formal meeting with the dean of the faculty about the curriculum, the language of the study etc.
Rights and duties
According to the ‘’Higher Education and Scientific Research Act’’ Central Student Council have certain rights and duties:
The CSC has a veto right about:
- The institutional plan (long term vision of DUT for 4 years)
- Way in which education quality control is being carried out
- Central part of the Student Charter
- Executive and Management Regulations
- Regulations about safety, health and well-being
- Choice between separated councils (Student- and Works Council) or a joint University Council
- Graduation Regulations (RAS etc.)
Right of Advice
The CSC has the Right of Advice about:
- General issues concerning the university
- The university budget
- The tuition fees
- Code of conduct for education in other languages than Dutch
- Binding Recommendations on continuation of studies
- Regulations about selection
- Examination Appeals Board Regulations
- Student Facilities
- Scientific Personnel Policies
In general all student issues are part of the Right of Advice
Right of Initiative
The CSC has the right to plant ideas or plans. The EB has to take these seriously and give a formal reaction within 3 months. Otherwise the initiative is considered to be approved. These vary from a “student portal” to “RAS for international students”.