Between May 13th and May 17th you can vote for the Central Student Council and your Faculty Student Council by visiting stem.uva.nl. But why should you vote? We make it easy for you. In the next days we’ll speak with all the party leaders. Today: Sofiya Koba (UvASociaal), Berke Çavuşoğlu (Inter), and Jelle Turkenburf (List Sefa).
Describe your party in five key words.
Sofiya Koba (UvASociaal): ‘Education, sustainability, diversity, accessibility, unity.’
Berke Çavuşoğlu (Inter): ‘Solution-oriented, inclusive, active, ambitious, informed’
Jelle Turkenburf (List Sefa): ‘Consistency, equity, democracy, transparency, and sustainability.’
Further growth or not?
Sofiya: ‘Remain constant.’
Berke: ‘We support a stricter numerus fixus to decrease the number of students on campus, in order to increase the quality of education.’
Jelle: ‘We only want further growth if the quality of education is guaranteed.’
What does your party want to achieve in the council next year?
Sofiya: ‘Better quality of education, diversity in courses, the same access to our university for everyone, regardless of background, identity, etc., more attention to sustainability in education and awareness, more autonomy for students.’
Berke: ‘We will help facilitate consistent quality of tutorial and seminar teachers. We are aware of the lack of student engagement, which is why we want to further develop the current extra-curricular network. We want every student to feel at home at the UvA. We will also address the master’s courses.’
Jelle: ‘We want to improve academic success rates by facilitating more flexibility in the study programme, by offering guaranteed housing possibilities for first and second year students, by organising more career orientation opportunities, and by making sure that lectures are always available online.’
What are your personal motives for wanting to do this?
Sofiya: ‘My answer will sound as a cliché, but I truly believe UvA can be a better place, like everything in this world. Our university is our home, and it is our responsibility to make sure that its strengths become even stronger, and its weaknesses fade away. In my role on the student council, I will strive to make the voices of students heard.’
Berke: ‘I believe ideas can change the world and you can start by changing your community for the better.’
Jelle: ‘I see a council year as a great opportunity to realise improvements to students’ academic and extracurricular life. The needs of students are my highest priority and it has always been my intrinsic motivation to let students excel in the best ways possible.’