Majority University Council against current plans Yantai
Lijst Calimero will vote against the proposal to offer six degree programs at the University of Groningen Yantai (UGY). The proposal was written by the board of the University of Groningen with the intend to hand it in at the Ministry of Education, Culture and Research. The proposal as presented to the University Council for the voting on the 31st of August 2017, did not convince Lijst Calimero and the Personnel Faction for various reasons. Therefore, both factions will unanimously vote against the proposal. During the committee meetings on the 24th of August 2017 Lijst Calimero and the Personnel Faction communicated this decision to the board of the University. Together, the two factions represent a majority of the University Council.
Concerns not addressed
Over the past two years, Lijst Calimero was actively involved in the discussions around Yantai and repeatedly expressed their concerns about the plans for UGY towards the board of the University. Already in February, we stated that we are worried about the negative consequences that opening a branch campus in Yantai could have for the University. The proposal at hand cannot take away these worries and does not sufficiently improve the situation in order to convince us to vote for Yantai.
Risks exceeds benefits
For Lijst Calimero, offering degree program at UGY poses substantial risks to the education in Groningen and the UG as an institution itself. At the same time, the desired benefits for the quality of education are based on assumptions. We do not see any evidence that offering degree programs in Yantai actually delivers crucial contributions to the realization of the UG’s education strategy. The proposal at hand also does not convince us that the potential benefits of the branch campus will outweigh the negative effects.
Diplomas at risk
Considering the substantial risk that the plan brings along, Lijst Calimero is afraid that when offering degree programs in Yantai the standard of UG diplomas cannot be ensured. It is our responsibility and in the interest of students to secure all our diplomas from the risks to be taken for UGY.