February 25, 2019
University Student Councils in the Netherlands possess powers which many other educational institutions do not reward their students with. For instance, the university needs their approval to instigate changes. The importance of students’ voting is highlighted by Svedha Krishnaraj, representative of the Law Faculty Student Council: “We don’t work without knowing the opinions of the students.”
Elections for this year’s Student Council will be held in May. This marks the first Amsterdammer article of a series about the upcoming elections, so stay tuned for further coverage including a breakdown of the parties within the Councils, and on how these elections affect international students.
The Faculty Student Councils are comprised of multiple participating parties within the individual faculties (Economics & Business, Humanities, Dentistry, Medicine, Social & Behavioural Sciences, Science, and Law).
Their responsibilities consist of defending the interests of their respective student body, ensuring that the education is met with high standards and ensuring that essential facilities are made accessible. Their tasks further include the set up of the education and examination regulations.
Their weekly plenary meetings (PV) host the ‘File Holders’, a position on each council who presents arguments to be further explored, prior to being voted on. The weekly PV is carried out in a public fashion, open to visitors.
The current Central Student Council is made up of three parties: UvA Red, UvA Sociaal and De Vrije Student.
The Council is made up of 14 students from different faculties who have made a year-long commitment to look at the issues facing the university. They deal with university matters at all levels, from housing to the opening hours of the library. Of these 14 members, 7 are elected directly through the central elections. The remaining 7 are appointed by each faculty. Each faculty gets one of the 7 seats for fair representation.
Breakdown of Seats within the Central Student Council:
Key for Faculty Abbreviations:
|Direct||Members directly elected into CSC|
|Econ||Economics & Business|
|SBS||Social and Behavioural Sciences|