The School´s Council
The School´s Council

What is it?

The School’s Council is a lawful body within the School, that represents both Personnel and Students.
The Council most of the time acts by giving advice, but some issues by law need approval by the Council. The Council members discuss issues of the School together and with the dean. It are the Council members that bring topics to the agenda that they think should be discussed, but sometimes the dean may propose changes in policy or ask for advice about an issue.

The agenda is divided into an Education part, holding all educational issues, and an Organization part, holding all organizational issues. An issue could be about almost anything, as long as it does not concern the content of courses (the education students get). An issue could be ‘how students get educated’, if it’s the best way, how can it be improved: e.g. size of workgroups, nature of workgroups, effectiveness of workgroups/lectures etc. NOTE: difference between ‘What’ and ‘How’.

Some issues require approval by the Council, like the School Regulations, the Teaching and Examinations Regulations (in Dutch Onderwijs en Examen Regeling ‘OER’). It is the task of the Council to consider what is the right to do. History has shown though, most of the time the Council approves of whatever the dean proposes. This could very likely mean the Council trusts the dean enough to follow its lead.

The Structure

For an overview of former members click here.

The Personnel body – 2011/2013
Dr. H. (Harry) W.J.M. Trienekens (President Personnel body) R. (Rommert) Dekker
Drs. N. (Nel) A. Hofstra
Dr. V. (Vladimir) Karamychev
J. (Joris) Kil MSc
A. (Jany) Mes
Dr. F. (Frank) M.H. Neffke

The Council represents both personnel and students and seven seats are available for both bodies. When elected, the Personnel member is incumbent for 2 years. The Law orders possession of special powers (not superhero powers though) to the personnel body. Currently I am unable to access what these powers are as the link on the ESE is broken, but I will try to retrieve them in some other way so I’ll keep you posted. The personnel often meets the dean separately about issues that only concern the personnel. The student body formally has no say at all in such issues, but is still welcome to join at such meetings to provide their advice. These meeting’s minutes and notes are said to be available on the ESE website but thus far I haven’t been able to locate them.

The Student body – 2011/2012
Myrthe van Dieijen (President Student Body)
Egle Armonaite
Dan Dinu
Bart van Heeswijk
Gijs Hermsen
Carsten Vollebregt
Ruben Weller

The student body also consists out of a maximum of seven students that are enrolled with the Erasmus School of Economics. They represent ALL students enrolled with the ESE and are elected by those same students. When elected, the Student member is incumbent for 2 years. On normal issues that don’t just concern the personnel, the students may have advisory or approval competencies. It is the student members’ job to find out what problems students are coping with and bring them to the Council. These issues could be almost anything so don’t hesitate to email the student body if you have a problem and/or idea that would be worth to be discussed during a Council meeting! The ESE website states that the preliminary meetings of the student body are open to other people but this is often not put into practice. If you would like to join the student body, send them an email.


School Regulations partially prescribe the tasks the Council can perform. The regulations can be downloaded here. The Dutch Law for Higher Education (Wet op Hoger onderwijs en Wetenschappelijk onderzoek ‘WHW’) also names several competencies the Council possesses. These are all formal regulations, but there’s no need to worry if your issue and/or problem belongs to one of the competencies: if you are in doubt just email Wietske Rowaan and I will let you know.


The rules and regulations for the Council elections can be found here. The document prescribes the process in which the council member are elected.

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