Participation TU Delft


Central Student Council elections take place every year around May. Students can then stand for election through a party. During the campaign, which starts a week before voting days, the different parties try to convince students to vote for them.

Efforts are being made by all parties to get as many students to vote as possible. A high turnout shows that students support their representation, which gives the student council a stronger voice vis-à-vis the university's Executive Board. In recent years, the turnout rate has been around 30 per cent.

Each party can nominate up to 30 people for election. The student council consists of 10 students, whose distribution is thus determined by the elections. After the elections, the new councillors are inducted for the next academic year, where they will serve on the council. 

Organisation Chart

TU Delft's organisation has a certain structure. This structure is shown below in an overview organogram

Executive Board

The Executive Board manages the university. The Executive Board currently consists of:

Tim van der Hagen (Rector Magnificus/chair Executive Board)
Rob Mudde (Vice Rector Magnificus/vice-chair)
Marien van der Meer (Vice President Operations/member Executive Board).

Supervisory Board

The Executive Board is accountable to the Supervisory Board appointed by the Minister of Education, Culture and Science . The Supervisory Board supervises the execution of activities and the exercise of powers by the Executive Board and has a number of tasks laid down by law.

The Supervisory Board consists of five members appointed, suspended and dismissed by the Minister of Education, Culture and Science (OCW). A member is appointed for a period of four years, after which one-time reappointment is possible for another four years. The University Secretary is secretary to the Supervisory Board and its committees.

(Originating from website TU Delft)

Central Student Council (CSC)

DThe Student Council is the highest consultative body within TU Delft in which students are represented. The Higher Education Act defines the rights of the Student Council:

Veto Right

The student council has the right of consent on decisions concerning the following topics:

  • Het instellingsplan (de lange termijn koers voor 4 jaar van de TU Delft)
    Het instellingsplan (de lange termijn koers voor 4 jaar van de TU Delft)
  • 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 (RPF etc.)

Right of Advice

The CSC has the Right of Advice about:

  • General issues concerning the university
    General issues concerning the university
  • The university budget
  • The tuition fees
  • Code of conduct for education in other languages than Dutch
  • Het bindend studieadvies (BSA)
  • Regulations about selection
  • Examination Appeals Board Regulations
  • Student Facilities
  • Scientific Personnel Policies

In addition, the student council always has the right to give (unsolicited) advice to the Executive Board. 

The Central Student Council (CSC) is the official representation of all TUD 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.

Right of iniative

The Student Council has the right to propose ideas and plans. The Board must give these serious consideration. The Executive Board must communicate a response to the Student Council in the form of a proposal within three months. If this does not happen, the initiative is automatically adopted. The Student Council may grant an extension if requested by the Executive Board.

To make best use of the right of initiative, both parties submit initiatives. These are ideas that the parties work out and then submit as initiatives. These initiatives go to the Executive Board as a proposal when they are further developed.

Facultary Student Councils (FSC)

Every faculty has a Faculty Student Council (FSR). Unlike the central student council, this council participates at faculty level. The student council meets once a month with all FSRs through a faculty consultation (FO).

Meeting cycle

Within the student council the preparations for the meeting with the executive board (OV) can be seen as a cycle. In total there are 4 parts of the cycle all with a duration of 1 week.

Week 1: The agenda meeting (AO)

The agenda consultation (AO) is an informal consultation with Rob Mudde (Vice President for Education and Operations of the CvB), who is the regular interlocutor of the SR. In this consultation, the agenda of the consultation meeting (OV) is drawn up. Items can be proposed by the SR and by Rob Mudde. Those present are the chair and secretary of the SR, Rob Mudde, official secretary of the SR and the technical meeting leader of the SR. Translated with (free version)

Week 2: Committee meeting

If applicable, there can be a committee within the university council (Working Council + Central Student Council) and/or the CSC to further discuss the points of the agenda in depth. The person with the right portfolio, corresponding to the topics, will take part in these discussions.

Week 3: Internal meeting (IV)

The internal meeting is a formal meeting between the parties in the CSC. The technical meeting counselor and the formal secretary of the CSC are also present at these discussions. At the IV the points on the agenda for the OV will be further discussed and finalised. The strategy and vision for each points will be finalised by the first and second speaker of said point.

Week 4: General meeting (OV)

The consultation meeting is a formal meeting between the SR and the Executive Board (Rob Mudde). The meeting is open to spectators. In the OV, you want commitments from Rob Mudde on certain points and, as a student council, give solicited and unsolicited advice. Besides Rob Mudde and the SR, the official secretary and the technical meeting leader are also present. In addition, people from the staff may be invited to give an explanation or presentation on certain topics. Spectators often include FSR members, Study Societies, Student Associations and the Delta (university newspaper). The Delta regularly uses points from the OV for their articles.

History Central Student Council

The form of employee participation as we have known it for years has not always been like this at TU Delft. A lot has changed in the past 51 years. The piece below describes the actions and legislation that led to the current form of employee participation and the creation of the party ORAS. 

Occupation of 'Het Maagdenhuis'

In the early 60's of the previous century, students had no say whatsoever in the decision-making at the then called Institute of Technology in Delft. All the rules and regulations were created by the teachers and staff and students should just do as they are told. The students were obviously in discontent and as the decade progressed, more and more demonstrations were held to appose the system.

The up-rise was concluded by the occupation of 'Het Maagdenhuis'. Over 700 students joined together in a strike, occupying 'het maagdenhuis' in Amsterdam.
The goal was to change the current system of higher education and introduce a more democratic system where students had a say in determining the form and content of their study. The police locked down the building for over five days, hoping that the students would give up due to starvation or thirst, but, as clever as they were, the students managed to smuggle in food and supplies by creating an air-bridge to the library.

At 9 AM on the 21st of May 1969 the police brutally ended the occupation. However, the message that the students wanted to send out was clear. One year later student participation on the higher education policy was recorded in national law.

The University Council

After the Occupation of 'Het Maagdenhuis', an amendment was made to the national law on higher education. This resulted in the following board structure at the Institute of Technology in Delft:

  • The University Council, consisting of 1/3 students, 1/3 academic staff and 1/3 supporting staff
  • The Executive Board, executing the decisions made by the University Council.

Through the years, more and more parties within the council started to form. On september 15th in 1973 the party 'Centrum Groep' was founded to be a counterpart to the already existing 'Afdeling Actie Groepen'(AAG). Later, in 1975, the Centrum Groep  was renamed to Student Centrum Groep(SCG).

As the time progressed, it became clear that the system, introduced in 1970, was  inefficient and unwieldy. Additionally, amendments to the Act of Administrative Reform, gave the Executive Board more influence and power, creating a discontent in the University Council. This resulted in a lot of frustrations between council members and the Council and the Executive  Board.

Founding of ORAS

In 1989 SCG started losing votes and eventually ended up with only 4 seats on the council. In that period, the most of the party's occupation consisted of organisational aspects. Promotion, organizing the political campaign and finding successors took most of the effort leaving only little time for the political tasks. Fortuntately, an Intertim Board, lead by Ludo Bergkamp, investigated what had to change. They introduces a board and a political association that could concern themselves with party affairs, allowing the council faction to focus on their political obligations. To emphasize these changes, the name of the party changed to the Organisation of RAtional Students (ORAS).

Also because of the emergence of a political party with which SCG did not want to be identified, the name SCG was changed to Organisation Rational Students (ORAS). Rational and pragmatic had always been terms used within the party and now this was reflected in the nameI

Wet Modernisering Universitaire Bestuursorganisaties (MUB)

In the late nineties, the national government considered the ability of dutch universities to act as insufficient en ineffective. Therefore, the University Government Modernisation Act(MUB) was introduced.
This changed the administrative organisation drastically: the Executive Board became the governmental body of the organisation and the University Council was split up into the Works Council, representing both the academic and the support staff, and the Student Council. The role of the Council changed from governing to participation in decision-making. This structure is maintained up to this day.

Currently, TU Delft still works with a student council and works council. TU Delft is one of the few universities in the Netherlands to have a fulltime student council.

The downfall of AAG

Around 2008, the situation for ORAS was very successful. However, the situation for the other party, AAG, went from bad to worse. With only 2 or 3 seats on the council, AAG faced the same issues as SGC had in 1989, and finally they decided not to participate in the elections in 2008. The party used next year to reorganize and prepare for the elections of 2009. The Student Union 'VSSD' therefore decided to set up the party 'Het Principe', based on the idea that there must be at least two parties in a democratic party system. That year, Het Principe got 2 seats.

In 2009, AAG rejoined the elections. Unfortunately, they once again ended up with 2 seats. The party decided to complete in the year, but not to run the next year. Therefore, the Student Council of 2010/2011 consisted solely of ORAS members. During that year, the council put a lot of effort in encouraging students to create a new party. By spreading a lot of controversial statements and strongly profiling the vision of ORAS, the council hoped to find students that would disagree with the posed statements and that a new party would emerge and they succeeded. As a result, the party Lijst Bèta was founded in the spring of 2011. 

Current situation

Currently, the student council consists of 3 parties. ORAS holds 5 seats, making it still the largest party.
To see who are on the council in behalf of ORAS this year Click here


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