CBS Students networking the Study Boards

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CBS President Per Holten-Andersen, in his trademark red sweater, wanted to promote high participation and influence among the students.

While most students were home sleeping in Saturday morning, student study board representatives from CBS’ many study programs attended CBS Students’ Study Board Seminar. Here they shared ideas and experiences, learned more about the influence and responsibilities that come with the seat on the study board and discussed how student influence at CBS can be strengthened through them.

The students’ way to improvements
Study board representatives do their work in the study program’s engine room, serving as the students’ spokespeople. They have a great deal of influence on the decisions and decision-making processes regarding their study programs. They participate in the planning and execution of the workaday life at CBS and gather up its many strands through their insight into both the practical aspects of the education in the programs and the thoughts behind them.
At the elections to CBS’ governing bodies in December 2011, which incidentally had the highest turn-out in CBS’ history, there was also elected new students to the study boards. The student representatives, new as well as old, gathered on Saturday morning, February 11th 2012, for the biggest Study Board Seminar organized by CBS Students ever.

The purpose of the seminar was to prepare the study board representatives for their work in the future, and to give them the best possible qualifications for upholding and increasing student influence and developing the best study programs possible at CBS.

Experiences shared and possibilities uncovered
After brunch and a little informal networking in the canteen on Solbjerg Plads, CBS President Per Holten-Andersen, wearing his trademark red sweater, held a speech about his ideas for CBS’ development into the future, where he sought to motivate the students to reach for influence and participate as much as possible. He said that his door is always open, and that students with ideas and suggestions are welcome to seek him out. He also thanked the attending study board representatives for their efforts and contributions, which will be of great benefit to following generations of CBS Students.

After the esteemed visitor left, the newly-elected representatives enjoyed CBS Student’s all-round presentation of CBS, CBS Students’ organization and the formal obligations of the study boards. After that, workshops were held where the participants shared experiences and ideas.

Persistent problems and best solutions
Some of the core issues that turn out to be problematic across the different study programs was, among other things, the teachers’ language competencies, the low participation in the course and program evaluations that are sent out at the end of each semester and the students’ frustrations over at times not being able to understand their program’s structural coherence. By way of discussion groups and idea-cards, possible solutions and ideas were brought forth that will now be passed on to the individual study boards, hopefully contributing to the improvement of CBS’ students’ daily lives.

In addition to the abovementioned, it became fairly obvious that the best thing is for students to know as much as possible about what is going on regarding their study program at all times. This acknowledgement gave a broad consensus at the seminar that the study board representatives’ responsibilities to provide information about initiatives and processes underway in the different programs is of vital importance; to promote transparency and thereby ensure understanding.

Close cooperation with the teachers is the way forward
Study board-work as seen from the faculty’s point of view was also showcased at the seminar. Associate Professor Sine Nørholt Just from the Department of Business and Politics, Program Director for the Intercultural Marketing Communication program, gave a presentation of how the work is handled in a relatively new study board. She provided insight into a board where discussion and debate leads to solutions; basically the whole point of the study board-concept.

Sine Nørholt Just stressed how close cooperation between the faculty and student representatives led to far better results than does regarding themselves as being opponents – after all, both ‘sides’ of the study board are working towards a common goal; providing the best and most relevant education possible for CBS’ students.