14 November 2017 • HOP, Matthijs van Schie
Nijmegen tackles the morning rush hour by changing lecture times
Radboud University Nijmegen and possibly also Arnhem and Nijmegen University of Applied Sciences are altering their start times for the coming academic year. This means that students will no longer all need to brave the morning rush hour at the same time.
It’s an all too familiar story for students who travel by train or bus – that feeling of being stuck in a sardine can before the first lecture. There is a high chance that you will have to travel crushed up against each other between around half past six and nine o’clock in the morning. Three years ago, former Minister for Education, Culture and Science Ms Jet Bussemaker suggested that these morning lectures could be moved to a later time slot. The money that the government would save on student transport with a less busy morning rush hour could be put to good use in education.
Some institutions didn’t give this any further thought , but in Nijmegen they are now prepared to anticipate needs. The first lectures here start at a quarter to nine, but this will all change from September 2018. Students at Radboud University Nijmegen will have an early start at half past eight, while students at Arnhem and Nijmegen University of Applied Sciences (HAN) may soon be able to start at nine o’clock. This should spread out students travelling in the morning. HAN does not want to confirm the news yet, as the decision is not yet official.
Morning rush-hour crush
There are also student cities that want to take a different approach to tackling the rush-hour crush. For instance, an experiment is currently taking place in Groningen in which five hundred students will be able to travel for free outside of rush hour during the academic year. Utrecht University of Applied Sciences decided to tear up its timetables last February. Full-time students now also have lectures between five o’clock and seven o’clock in the evening.