A small group of students (and a single teacher) joined in protest on Thursday at the Roeterseilandcampus against budget cuts at the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences.
According to the demonstrators, about 25, the cuts will lead to a decline in quality of education. They believe the cuts are being implemented behind their backs and demand more clarity. The faculty board disputes this.
Tijmen de Vos (22), chairman of the ASVA student union joined the protest with a few other board members. The biggest problem he says, is the secrecy surrounding the financial plans. ‘For the last three or four weeks lots of things have happend at the faculty. Media institute DIA stopped, work groups were cancelled. Some workgroups have over 35 students!’
Students at the FMG have been protesting for a while against the cut backs. The faculty needs to make savings of 4.55 million this financial year due to a decrease in student numbers. From 2021, the faculty expects to see positive numbers.