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    Election week 2021

    The student council changes every academic year. From 26 April until 2 May all VUB students choose their student representatives. Keep an eye on the Facebookpage and Instagram of the student council for more updates.

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    Will you become a member of the Student Council?

    The student council members play an important role at the VUB. They are involved in large councils such as the academic council and university council and they can take decisions together with the rector, deans and staff of the VUB. Maybe you'll have a seat in the student council soon. That's not only an asset for the university, but for you as a person as well. It gives you the opportunity to learn more about meeting skills, timemanagement, building networks en defending opinions.

    Come defend our students' interests in the student council

    Who, what, how?


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    Support for student representatives

    As a student representative you're not on your own. We support you on different levels:

    • Jobstudents who arrange practical work and prepare files with research for example.
    • Coaching and support from the vice rectorate.
    • Opportunity to receive a scholarship for student representatives, 500 euros on an annual basis. You can find the conditions on the page of study finance.

    What's in it for you?

    • A unique learning process in terms of meeting skills, time management, teamwork...
    • A unique opportunity to develop a network within the university
    • And even a unique chance to build friendships for life
    • An official certificate of student governor signed by the Vice Rector of Education & Student Affairs, which looks very nice on your resume

    Candidates 2021-2022

    The 2021-2022 candidates have been announced! Wondering who? Discover all the names below.

    Michaël Van den Poel (RC)

    Alexander Van de Sande (RC)

    Sueann Jeaninne Vandeputte (RC)

    Emilio Callies (LK)

    Liesl De Pauw (PE)

    Aron Branckaert (PE)

    Clara Schübert (WE)

    Jolien Lersberghe (GF)

    Vincent Mingneau (GF)

    Caitlin Jansen (GF)

    Stefanie Mulder (LW)

    Cuttbert Watong (LW)

    Lula Maris (LW)

    Yorben Van de Weghe (LW)

    Emelijn De Pauw (LW)

    Emmanouil Stivaktakis (IR)

    Ruben Simons (IR)

    Adam Najjar (ES)

    Inas Djelloul (ES)

    Matthias Alain Lories (ES)

    Haci Ahmet Unlu (ES)

    Hadi Najafi (ES)

    Carlo Giovanni Giudice (ES)

    Sasha Solau (ES)

    Campaign week 2021

    From 26 April until 2 May you'll get to know the candidates. During the campaign week they will tell you who they are and what they want to accomplish as a student council member.

     

    Sasha Solau (ES)

    ‘What is your mission?’ is always a difficult question to answer in my personal opinion. I aspire to represent the students at the VUB, so the question should be ‘What do the students need?’. To answer this question, I want more attention for the information transfer between students and the VUB, in both directions. My experiences has helped me to successfully manage many projects, but every year the communication is the main point of improvement. Just like special attention for diversity and the mental well-being of the students. If every student feels they are being heard and helped, I’ve met my targets.

    Carlo Giovanni Giudice (ES)

    As your representative, I will provide pragmatic solutions for the very real, institutional challenges that you face at the VUB and in Brussels. First, I will make diversity not only a slogan, but a reality at the VUB. I will work with the Equality Office to include marginalised students in the decision-making bodies of the VUB. Second, I will fight for immediate and affordable professional help to be available for students at the VUB. Third, I want to improve student life, mobility, and environment on campus and in the city of Brussels. Studying in the heart of Europe will be the best time of your life! Got a challenge? I will listen to you!

    Hadi Najafi (ES)

    I believe my experiences can help the university to solve many of student's issues, concerns and problems. There are many ways to help students to have a higher quality life style by involving them in some enjoyable and progressive activities. I  used to do social activities such as being the head of mechanical engineering science forum and also arranging poem and music groups during my B.Sc. studies. I used to be a working student during my M.Sc. of Mechanical engineering studies, so I fully understand the concerns of different types of students; international, working and local students.

    Haci Ahmet Unlu (ES)

    The student council is not only the place to represent my voice, but also the voice of as many students as possible. As a student in Political Sciences, I obviously consider these chances to be valuable.

    Participation is important for me, not only for the majority and the talkative students, but for every single one of us. For this reason, I want more communication between the students themselves and the university.

    • More opportunities for course activities other than recordings. (suggestions welcome). 
    • Open communication: A follow up on the rules and decisions regarding the COVID pandemic as well as timely updates regarding schedules and classes(location). 
    • Teams: Regular teams meetings with the students and/or professors where you can send in topics or questions beforehand, we’ll touch upon these in the meeting and will try to make it happen. 

    Matthias Alain Lories (ES)

    Our time at university should be a fun and valuable time, despite the pandemic. I want to engage in the following:

    • A safe relance of the life on campus as soon as possible: Many students are mentally exhausted due to the confinement, it is time to look for safe solutions to provide the students with a social life once again. Giving student groups a chance to participate in this.
    • Better and clearer communication of rules towards students and giving them a perspective.
    • A better follow-up of the mental well-being of students: improve the accessibility of student shrinks or tutors for those who need them.

    Inas Djelloul (ES)

    I have decided to apply for the student council this year, because I want to improve representation. Tailor-made change. The COVID-19 pandemic made me realize there are some flaws. I want to create a policy in which no-one is left behind, in which every student has the opportunity to grow so no talent will be wasted. I want to create this with a standardized policy involving online teaching, turning more words into actions when it comes to projects involving equality and mental well-being, improving communication and improving and promoting the helpline for inappropriate behavior.

    Adam Najjar (ES)

    My mission is to take care of the well-being of my fellow peers and to make sure that their voices are heard. In the process to be a part of the system that creates the change. I want to shake the world in a gentle way.

    Ruben Simons (IR)

    Within the student council, we work on improvements for digitalization, course content sheets, CaLi(Student SelfService), … A project sounds unfamiliar to you? A reason for this is that it often takes years to finish a project. This bothers me sometimes, because I like progress. For that, I am proud to say that I worked at CaLi(Student Selfservice).  This project is not finished yet, but we take the approach to test each part online from the moment a part is finished. This is not possible for every project. For continuity within projects, it is therefore necessary to have continuity amongst the members of the student council.

    Emmanouil Stivaktakis (IR)

    With my participation at the student council, a great achievement would be the unceasing progression of an environment that could foster development for all the students that live within it without hesitation or unfairness, but more importantly freedom of speech. As an international representative of my class, I had the greatest opportunity to meet people with great skills and knowledge. Apart from that though, We need to have humanity in us as well and understand each other. We need to care for each other and always have in mind that "Wherever my freedom stops, starts yours, and vice-versa".

    Emelijn De Pauw (LW)

    I believe it is important that students are being heard and that people try to do what is asked from them, without making foul promises. Lately, the VUB has tried to do a couple of things for their students, but these weren’t always executed properly. My target is to focus on the mental well-being of students, which is at least as important as their physical health and often neglected. The communication towards students could be better and less chaotic in my opinion.

    Yorben Van de Weghe (LW)

    As a student representative I would like to continue to focus on the well-being of the students. I think it is very important that students can have a point of contact when they have questions or problems.

    In addition, I also want to continue to focus on improving the campus by, among other things, quiet areas, chill areas, security of the campus for when we can all come back to campus!

    Lula Maris (LW)

    In my opinion, student councils cannot be missed: no students means no university. We are the ones who have to live with new decisions, so our opinions matter. What do I want to achieve next year? Firstly: a more representative and diverse student council. Student representatives are the voice of all students. Secondly, I would examine the communication system of the VUB, making the campus safe for everyone both online and offline, providing more places to chill and many more!

    Cuttbert Watong (LW)

    With my experience of last year as a student representative, I still feel strongly motivated to be a part of this body even at the University level. I am not only motivated by the experiences of last year it is a passion and something I admire and also, with the new system which has been in practice from COVID-19, I think the approach of student representative this year will be different. I also will like to be a part of this experience. There is need to put together student representatives from all faculties to make the campus vibrant even from our rooms. In all, I find it all joy to be a medium between students and authorities.

    Stefanie Mulder (LW)

    I’ve applied for the student council once again, because one year was not enough and I would like to continue focusing on the improvement of our education. In the future I would work on the support of the student council, give adjusted programmes more attention and focus on research in non-scientific courses.

    Caitlin Jansen (GF)

    We as SC-members had to give ‘fun meetings’ for endless digital editions. I have just found my digital way, but sadly my first year is already over. My focus for this year was on education, but I would like to continue with this. Projects such as restructuring of the education charts, collaborations with the student counseling, enrollment requirements for courses… are very important matters to me. I want information to be retrieved more easily and that the swamping of regulations, course content sheets etc. turn into a subtropical paradise.

    Vincent Mingneau (GF)

    As a student representative, I would invest in digital support for students. The coronavirus crisis has made it clear that as students, we need to be up to date digitally. People often assume that students get along with technology very well, but when we have to use multiple platforms (Panopto, Microsoft Teams, Zoom…) for multiple courses, we get overwhelmed by them. Secondly, I would like students to be able to find a contact point more easily. Usually there are solutions for a problem, but it is not clear who or what you need to contact.

    Jolien Lersberghe (GF)

    What do I want?

    • Better communication. The bridges in Rome are nothing compared to the bridge I’m trying to build between the students and the VUB.
    • A greener campus.
    • To boost mental well-being.
    • Inclusivity and equality.
    • Dream project? To build a cable car between the campuses of Etterbeek and Jette.

    In necessariis unitas, in dubiis libertas, in omnibus caritas.

    Clara Schübert (WE)

    The two topics that are dear to me are improving the student life and the sustainable development of the campus. Concretely I would like to

    • implement a “drop and take” where students can bring items they don’t need any more and can take items others left
    • create a common garden in which students can work and benefit from
    • open some new barbecue places on campus
    • introduce a tandem partner system for language exchange and group events in one language
    • making sure that all communication is also in English besides Dutch

    Feel free to contact me at clara.schuebert@gmx.de if you have questions, problems or project contributions and check out this link for the long program.

    Aron Branckaert (PE)

    What I love about this society is the fact that everyone has the possibility to participate in anything they are a member of. Every vote counts. But not everyone has the courage, involvement or confidence to express their vote. No worries! I’m here for you! What I want to achieve at the VUB is to be willing to listen to everyone, to provide a solution for every complication and to arise pride to study at this beautiful university. We can only do this together!

    Liesl De Pauw (PE)

    This will be the third time I apply for the student council, because I still believe it is important that all students have a voice in the student council and that they are being heard.

    From what we have all noticed, a good flow of information towards the students is very important and I would want to work on that next year. Also the well-being of students is and will be one of my priorities. Even post-corona we need to takes this into consideration. Furthermore, I would like to create accessible education for everyone by combining the current flexibility with more structure (physical classes on campus).

    Emilio Callies (LK)

    Even though I could say I am going to represent everyone, I believe that this is an unrealistic target. The LK faculty has special needs and challenges I would like to tackle to reduce the stress level and work pressure. This will not mean that I am not taking other courses into consideration. Ideally I would help to create a VUB for everyone, now more than ever, it doesn’t matter where you are from or where you want to go next.

    Sueann Vandeputte (RC)

    For a few years I have been listening to the concerns of my fellow students and giving them the correct advise or providing an answer myself, if possible. As a working student, I’m occupied with making sure that Brussels’ student leave system is on the same level as in Flanders. Furthermore, I’m interested in sustainability: I would like to have more charging points for electric bicycles. More benches on our beautiful campus would be appreciated. And I try to maintain the evening opening of the Resto. Newer books in our library (we really don’t have to wait for the new library). And most and for all, I would like to be the voice for my fellow students.

    Alexander Van de Sande (RC)

    Trees need to be planted, even if you cannot enjoy sitting in the shade. As a student representative, I hope to improve the support for international students once they have arrived. Currently, they still experience a lot of stress. Help is often hard to find and the response times are increasing. Secondly, the library in Etterbeek is dated and places to study are scarce. This need to be addressed. Finally, I would tackle small but impactful issues. These are bicycle stall secured by number locks, matching schedules with public transport, improving the communication of course and faculty councils…

    Michaël Van den Poel (RC)

    Last year I’ve seen the effects of the coronavirus crisis with my own eyes as a student representative. It was a year in which a lot needed to be done, while little was possible, but I kept fighting for the well-being and interests of students as much as possible. With the light at the end of the tunnel in sight, we need to learn from it and I want to help with that. Our university has to become a modern meeting place, where interaction is a keyword, where nobody is left behind, but also a place where we grab every chance provided by online education and where online and physical education go hand in hand. That is what I want to achieve with your support.

    Elected students 2021

    These are the newly elected Student Council members for 2021-2022:

    • Inas Djelloul (ES)
    • Michaël Van den Poel (RC)
    • Sueann Jeaninne Vandeputte (RC)
    • Sasha Solau (ES)
    • Carlo Giovanni Giudice (ES)
    • Lula Maris (LW)
    • Liesl De Pauw (PE)
    • Adam Najjar (ES)
    • Jolien Lersberghe (GF)
    • Alexander Rembert G Van de Sande (RC)
    • Caitlin Jansen (GF)
    • Clara Malwine Schübert (WE)
    • Ruben Simons (IR)
    • Tchouateu Cuttbert Watong (LW)
    • Emilio Callies (LK)
    • Hadi Najafi (ES)
    • Vincent Mingneau (GF)
    • Haci Ahmet Unlu (ES)
    • Aron Branckaert (PE)
    • Yorben Van de Weghe (LW)

    It is possible to submit an appeal until Wednesday 5 May (4 p.m.) against the voting operations and the counting of the votes to
    the Secretariat of the Council (studentenverkiezingen@vub.be).

    Secretariat of the councils

    Is something not entirely clear about the procedure? Not sure if you can vote? The Secretariat of the councils is happy to help.

    Location
    CAMPUS ETTERBEEK, M.5.01

    EMAIL
    STUDENTENVERKIEZINGEN@VUB.BE

    Phone
    +32-2-629 21 57

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