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Who is STUDI?
Scintilla's Taskforce for University Developments and Improvements is a committee consisting of students who are proactive in the field of education, they aim to ensure the quality of education in the programme of EE at the university of Twente. The history of STUDI dates back to 1974, when "Afdelingsgroep EL" was founded. STUDI aims to protect and uphold the quality of education and critically monitor the programme of EE.
Besides directly resolving educational issues, STUDI meets twice a month in the lunch break with all the student members of the relevant educational bodies in EE. This group consists of members of the Programme Committee (PC) and the Educational Quality Committee (EQC). The PC is the highest educational body in the EE programme, and the EQC evaluates the courses of the curriculi of the programme. Besides these, the student members of the Faculty Council (FC) are often also member of STUDI. During our meetings we evaluate the problems, complaints, and other issues brought forward and aim to resolve them.
STUDI has its own educational evaluation system, the Electrical engineering Evaluation Gatherings (EEGs). The EEGs evaluate courses every quartile which are not yet being taken care off by the EQC. The evaluations explore the study load, the coherence, and the examination of the courses. This is done by inviting students who attend these courses to a group discussion without the lecturer. STUDI uses the outcome of these EEGs in the PC to increase the quality of education.
Furthermore, STUDI annually awards, through the VAUXHALL (Valuable Award for the University's most eXperienced, Helpful, Appealing and Leading Lecturers), the educational prize to the best lecturer.
STUDI also maintains the educational information websites where the Teaching and Examination Regulations (TER) are presented. Additionally, STUDI maintains the Exam Database, a large collection of past exams of EE courses.
History of STUDI
STUDI is founded in 1974 under the name AGEL (Afdelings Groep ELektrotechniek).
The name has changed in 2001 into StOEL (Studenten Overleg Elektrotechniek), because other educational committees in the departments within the university also changed their name in a similar manner.
In 2018 the name has changed into STUDI (Scintilla's Taskforce for University Developments and Improvements), because of internationalization and recognition purposes, as the current name leads to a stronger association with an educational committee.
Logo of STUDI and other educational bodies
The logo of STUDI symbolizes the protection of the educational quality of EE. STUDI has strong bonds with various other committees and councils within the university that deal with the quality of education (within EE). Here is a list of seven organisations that STUDI has strong ties with. It is often the case that STUDI members are part of one or more of these.
- FC (Faculty Council)
- PC (Programme Committee)
- EQC (Educational Quality Committee)
- EEG (Electrial Engineering Evaluation Gathering)
- SEC (Student EducationalConvent)
- CEO (Convention of Educational Officers)
- VAUXHALL (See above)
Faculty Council of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, and Computer Science
The Faculty Council is the advisory body of the Management Team of EEMCS (MT). The FC can give advise to the MT or has to give its assent on certain topics, the rights of the FC depend on the nature of the topic. These rights are obtained by Dutch Law.
The Programme Committee monitors and advises the Programme Director on topics regarding education. Like the FC, the PC has to give advise or assent on decisions, also based on the nature of the topic. Similarly, these rights are also obtained by Dutch Law. The topics discussed in the PC vary from more practical issues, like content of a certain course, to issues regarding the quality and level of skills of a graduated BSc or MSc student.
Educational Quality Committee
The EQC evaluates courses by inviting students who attend these courses to a group discussion, which are also attended by the lecturer and members of the EQC. Furthermore, the EQC uses questionnaires spread among all students to evaluate the quality of education. The EQC uses all these tools to formulate an advise which will be handed over to the Programme Director.