Erasmus School of Economics (ESE): “Money first, students second.”

Approximately one year ago the Erasmus School of Economics (ESE) board promised to solve the problem of the large workgroups. A short while ago it was brought to my attention that College students (Dutch: HBO-studenten) still have very large workgroup sizes. Last week I posted about this in this article. The Erasmus School of Economics basically says that money comes first, students second and claims that “college students have no right on small-scale education like other regular students”.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010

(Rotterdam) – The official statement of the Erasmus School of Economics (ESE) is that they consciously create a large group size because “college-students don’t have the right on small-scale education that every other regular student receives”. As you might have guessed, the sole reason for this is money.

The ESE furthermore claims that the government doesn’t fund these special programs for college students (HBO Bachelor) to earn their University Master’s Degree. These students need to ‘catch-up’ for one year to be granted access to the Master program and the ESE doesn’t want to spend their money on these students. The reason for this is yet unknown, but most likely the ESE thinks they can’t earn much and want to save money on the expense of the students by not providing them the quality others do receive.

As a Council Member I find this pure discrimination and cannot tolerate it. Dutch Law on Higher Education (WHW) clearly states that universities are funded based on the student count to provide quality education to their students. The decision on how to spend that money is entirely up to the management (Dean). This means that each and every university also received funds to finance the specific college students – the responsibility for allocating funds lies entirely with the board.

Having said that, the plea of the ESE claiming that college students are not financed is not valid. The ESE even states “it does these students a favor by providing workgroups even when they are not funded by the government” which is completely untrue. It is now my job to find the real reason for not allocating more funds to this group of students, even while I have my suspicions.

I will keep you posted about any new developments!

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