17 October 2018

Feedback for students on NSE 2018-2019

Many thanks for completing the National Student Survey (NSE). I would like to share the most important results of the survey with you. The results for each programme will be discussed in the annual evaluation panel discussions. These will be held in October and every student will be invited to attend via Blackboard. In the panel discussions, the programme leader and director of education will talk with the students about what is going well and what requires improvement. Where possible, specific measures will be taken to bring about educational improvements in the light of the findings.

The score you gave for the Bachelor's programmes Global Sustainability Science and Natural Sciences and Innovation Management in 2018 was good (>4,00). The general score for both of these programmes has increased compared to 2017 – something we are very happy about. The score for preparation for the professional career lags slightly behind the national average, especially with regard to contact with professional practice. This is an important area for improvement for both Bachelor's programmes. The scores you gave for the timing of the announcement of the student timetable and changes to the timetable were also lower than those given by students on similar Bachelor's programmes at other universities. We therefore recently decided to publish the timetables two weeks earlier: four weeks before the start of the course, rather than two. Compared to Eindhoven and Amsterdam, you gave a higher score for the training in academic skills in Natural Sciences and Innovation Management. The same applies for course load and the study facilities provided. Although the teaching in Global Sustainability Science is rated as more challenging than average, you gave a lower score for the possibility to spend time abroad. Starting this year, it will be possible to take level-three subjects in the second year. This will make it easier to go abroad in the third year without falling behind with your studies. Work is also underway on establishing permanent exchange programmes with several universities abroad.

You also gave a good score (>3.90) for the Master's programmes offered by the Copernicus Institute. In your view, internationalisation and the timetable could be improved. Although you are still critical about the preparation for the professional career offered on the environmental programmes (SD and WSM), this received a much more positive score than the national average on the innovation and energy programmes (IS, SBI, ES). With the appointment of a career officer, the first step has been made towards improving the link between Master's programmes and the labour market. We are also exploring whether preparation for the professional career can also feature more prominently in certain subjects.

Jacco Farla - Director of Education Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development