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Going International

The EUR is trying to go international, but is the organization succeeding is the question? The RSM has certainly been flourishing for years now, teaching many foreign students. The ESE though has a new full English program called IBEB, meant for international students although half of the student is actually Dutch. The ESE website can also be viewed in English so international students can make use of it. But is this all enough?
Tuesday, January 19, 2010

(Rotterdam) – There have been many discussions about this topic in the past, but it has been difficult to notice any changes in the ESE’s policy towards international students. Is this the case because everything is going great and there are no complaints? It just might be that way.

Anyway we could talk about the good things for ages, causing us to forget the bad things. The numbers of exchange students are sad: FACT. The portfolio of partner universities is disappointing: FACT. The help a student receives to study abroad is no satisfying: FACT. All these and many other facts will be discussed in future Council meetings so we’ll keep you posted about that on this website.

Another FACT is the ESE is acting like an international player and thinks it’s quite some faculty which has lots to offer: WRONG. There are plenty of other universities in The Netherlands alone that do better if you look at student satisfaction. In the rankings the ESE (EUR) isn’t doing that well (Keuzegids), not to speak of international rankings (FT). Internationally the ESE isn’t popular at all if you take a look at the amount of international students present and the kind of universities they are coming from. Is the current policy enough on could ask?

If we look internally we immediately notice that the School’s Council is fully operating in Dutch which means international students cannot participate at all. (That’s also one of the reasons why this website is in English.) This is all FACT while there’s the IBEB program where half of the students are not Dutch and stay here at least 3 years during their Bachelor years, if not more when continuing with a Masters’ degree. A Dutch Council means all these students are excluded from participating! There’s no democracy in that and is in violation with the Law for Higher Education (WHW) which clearly states that all minutes should be accessible to all students. Having only Dutch minutes means international students don’t have proper access to the documents, hence a violation of law. Now we should wait for some joker to scream out the words: “Sue the ESE!!”

Anyhow, the ESE should first become an international organization internally before it can open up to the world to see. If you’re not respecting the buyer, he won’t respect your goods…

To an English Council!

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