27 September 2018 • Huma Butt
New participation year: collaborating across borders
130 council colleagues attended the kick-off of the new participation year 2018-2019 on 5 September.
“The Hague University of Applied Sciences is a great and important, but complex, organisation,” said Henno Theisens, professor of Public Governance, in his lecture entitled Fluid Participation. “On the one hand, we work and study in a hierarchical organisation with a clear vertical line that runs from the Executive Board to the lecturers, researchers and students. That line gives clarity and this is often very much needed if we are to respond properly in a complex environment. On the other hand, good education can only emerge if we work together horizontally as students, managers, lecturers, researchers and support staff. If we work across the borders of faculties, departments and hierarchical layers. Participation is at the axis of the horizontal and the vertical lines. Does this create tensions? What does this mean for the work of councils and Degree Programme Advisory Committees?”
Chair of the day Bas Schrijver spoke to Rajash Rawal (Executive Board) and Mathieu Heemelaar (General Council) in response to questions from members. He also interviewed student members Maria Toko (HR & OC ES) and Charlotte Christie (FR M&O & OC CO) about what motivates them and their expectations. After the plenary meeting, every council, committee and participation group had made a valuable start on their plans and priorities for 2018-2019.
After the uniting kick-off, council members will have greater access to facilities in 2018-2019 to further professionalise. The Hague University of Applied Sciences offers learning opportunities so that members can fulfil the role of representatives for high quality education even better. There is also a communications toolkit available on the Staff Portal.
Chair of the day Bas Schrijver interviewed student members of the staff and student councils.