Charlotte Kaanen (B-CT)
TOP-QUALITY EDUCATION, EVEN IF THE TU GROWS
As a third year student Clinical Technology I have been enjoying education in Delft, Leiden and Rotterdam for a while. My teachers are very enthusiastic, give inspiring lectures and pay a lot of attention to their students. I think it’s very important that this continues. Every year more and more students come to study at TU Delft, which means the university will have to grow as well. Education must remain at a high level, even when the TU is growing, so that all students can develop themselves to become the best engineers. I think it's cool when a course makes me curious and I'm challenged and that is not possible without courses of a good level. ORAS wants to be fully committed to top quality education again this year, especially now that TU Delft is growing so rapidly. Do you want to continue to enjoy good education in the coming years? Then vote for ORAS on the 23rd and 24th of May!
de Meijer (B-ID)
ALWAYS A SUITABLE STUDYPLACE FOR YOU
My name is Jip and I’m a third-year student Industrial Design Engineering. I am a member of the student society Virgiel, play hockey at Dopie and completed the minor Technology-Based Entrepreneurship in the beginning of this year. The contact hours of this minor took place at different faculties, which meant I had to leave my trusted faculty of IDE regularly. During this period, I experienced the fast growth of the TU Delft, which results in the difficulty of finding a study-/ workplace. Also, as an IDE student, I have a need for diversity in study and work environments. A study space where you can study for theoretical subjects does not necessarily suffice a space for creative activities and vice versa. ORAS provided additional workplaces and longer opening times in recent years! Next year we want to improve the effectiveness of the occupation with the development of a findability tool. This will provide you with an realtime overview of all study- and workplaces and show whether there is a pleasant place available for you. Do you also think that every student should have the opportunity to study/ work at the TU in the right place? Vote for ORAS on the 23rd & 24th of May!
ORAS CARES ABOUT PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
Hey! I’m Anne-Kee, third year double degree student applied mathematics and physics. Besides a lot of studying I think it is very important to spend time on developing yourself outside of your study. The student culture in Delft offers a unique opportunity to evolve in different directions. There is room to join a Dreamteam, sport at top-level, follow an Honours-Program or join a committee/board at a student organization. I joint two amazing committees this year at my study and student organization, make time to volunteer and try to work now and then. ORAS believes you can become the best engineer if you can choose if and how you broaden your horizon. ORAS is committed to save the room for this choice by, among other things, ensuring students keep receiving suitable acknowledgement for their extracurricular activities and sufficient financial compensation. Do you share the view that studying is more than just your education? Then vote for ORAS!
A CAMPUS WITH EVERY MODERN CONVENIENCE
My name is Louis, I am a third-year student at Electrical Engineering. I also am a member of the student union C.S.R. I am not only at the campus for my lectures. I enjoy using the facilities that the campus provides. When I am studying hard (or hardly studying) for an exam I often take a break. In my break I like to get some food at the supermarket at the campus, which is ideal. I also like to write on printed physical copies of the learning material, so I can take notes. Luckily, there is always a printer nearby! The campus now has bicycle pumps, so you can make sure your tires are constantly filled and not get a flat, ideal! Without ORAS, these facilities would not have been on campus, but the campus is not perfect yet! Next year I want to devote myself to ORAS to increase and improve the facilities on campus. Would you prefer a campus with all facilities provided? Vote ORAS on 23rd and 24th of May!
Mart van de Ven (B-AE)
LECTURERS SHOULD SPEAK ENGLISH ADEQUATELY
I am Mart van de Ven and 2.5 years ago I moved to Delft to study Aerospace Engineering. My choice for Delft was mainly based on the top reputation and the internationally highly ranked education. As AE is a programme fully taught in English, I immediately had to make the transition from studying in Dutch to studying in English. Luckily I got used to it really fast, mainly by constantly speaking it. Furthermore, a lot of lecturers at AE are fluent in English, and are therefore a pleasure to listen to. However, everybody knows that one lecturer that has trouble finding his words or speaks with a heavy accent. Lectures in English are really useful and can give a lot of advantages, but it’s important that the quality of the lecture is not affected! ORAS believes lecturers should be tested and supported so they are understood by students from all over the world. So: “no stone coal English!”. Do you want lecturers with excellent English skills as well to ensure top-level lectures? Then vote for ORAS!
SPORTS FACILITIES WITH SPACE FOR EVERY STUDENT
I am Caspar and I am a third year Mechanical Engineering student. Besides my studies I am with the DSC student association and do I enjoy playing sports! I have been playing hockey for years and in Delft I had the opportunity to try out different sports as well: from going to the gym to playing rugby. This has been enabled by the great facilities at Sports & Culture (S&C). However during the years I have noticed that the capacity of S&C is barely enough to manage the ever increasing number of students! Many sports clubs cannot set up new teams, which complicates the process for students to start playing sports. It is nice to see that S&C in cooperation with ORAS already has increased the number of indoor halls. This is a good start, nevertheless the outdoor facilities are not nearly sufficient yet. ORAS thinks that every student should be able to play sports without a threshold, and that more sports fields are needed to allow this. Do you think this as well? Then vote ORAS!
Femke van Giessen (B-ME)
FLEXIBLE EDUCATION: STUDYING YOUR OWN WAY
My name is Femke and I have been enjoying my student life in Delft for 4 years now. A big factor responsible for this, is my study: Mechanical Engineering in which I can find many challenges and where there are little obligations. This gives me the chance to plan on my own when I study but also when I have time to do other things like sports, a part time job or committees. Evening lectures or mandatory exams outside the exam period, give you less freedom for this. With less obligations and flexible education, you can also decide for yourself how you want to study. Everyone has its own way of studying: one studies best when going to lectures while the other studies best when reading a book. When the university gives you your own responsibility of how and when you can study, you get all the room you need to develop yourself as a top engineer.
Casper Donkervoort (B-AP)
BOARD MEMBER FOR A YEAR WITHOUT TUITION FEE
ORAS stands for active and motivated students who want to get the most out of their time in Delft. We think it is important that doing a committee or a board is accessible for everyone. Therefore ORAS fights to ensure financial barriers are taken away, making sure you only pay for the courses that you take. Therefore we have been working on improving the Profiling Fund Scheme this year and we want to make it possible to be a board member for a year without paying tuition fee.
Paulina Kinderman (B-CE)
ORAS REPRESENTS STUDENTS IN NATIONAL POLITICS
Currently the national government is making many decisions that affect TU Delft students. For example, it has recently been decided how the money that has become available by abolishing government scholarships for students, will be spent. ORAS thinks the focus should be shifted from decreasing the average study duration to improving the quality of education. ORAS has close connections with the National Student Council ISO through which we exert influence on national politics.
Paula van Royen (B-LST)
FOOD AND BEVERAGES FOR EVERY BUDGET
Over a time span of 3 years TU Delft, in collaboration with ORAS, has outlined a new catering strategy. After the departure of Sodexo extra attention will be paid to the prices of food and beverages on campus so every student can afford to buy breakfast, lunch or dinner here. Thanks to your vote we have been able to exert a lot of influence on the catering strategy, making sure there will be food and beverages for every budget.
Laura van Poppel (M-MSE)
MORE SUSTAINABILITY AND DIVERSITY IN THE CATERING FACILITIES
With over 22,500 students on campus there are a lot of different wishes when it comes to food. ORAS thinks TU Delft should listen carefully to these wishes. Student A want a healthy vegetarian meal while student B likes to have fastfood every once in a while. ORAS works closely together with Sodexo’s replacement to ensure sustainable and diverse catering facilities.
van Eijk (B-Arch)
ALL SOFTWARE ACCESSIBLE ON YOUR LAPTOP (VIRTUAL DESKTOP)
Most likely you do not have all software required for your studies installed on your laptop: it is either too expensive or unavailable. Therefore ORAS is actively engaged in optimizing virtual desktop. This enables you to log onto a TU computer on your own laptop, so you can access your files and all TU software. Thanks to this, you never have to search for a specific computer and you can even use specialized software at home.
ALL EXISTING EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES ON ONE PLATFORM
ORAS think it is important students have the opportunity to develop themselves outside their studies. Fortunately, Delft offers many opportunities to do extracurricular activities: committees, Dreamteams and boards. However, there is not a clear overview of what these activities are all about. Therefore ORAS aims to create a platform that shows all possible extracurricular activities in order to make it clear what activities you could do to develop yourself further!
Isabelle van Schilt (B-TBM)
FULL INSIGHT IN A BRIDGING PROGRAMME FOR YOUR MASTER
Which master programmes can I choose once I have completed my bachelor programme? Do I need to take bridging courses and if yes, how many? These are questions we often get from students. Therefore ORAS strives for a clear online overview that shows which master programmes you can choose and how many bridging courses you need for each one.
Reinier de Rooij (B-MST)
BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF A STUDY PROGRAMME WITH THE 'STUDY CHOICE CHECK'
ORAS thinks it is important that prospective students get a clear and true picture of the program they intend to start with. If you apply for a bachelor program you currently receive a survey to test whether the program you applied for really suits you: the “study choice check”. However, this survey is not always very adequate. ORAS sees a lot of potential in this tool and therefore aims to improve the study choice check!
Willemijn van Varik (B-AP/AM)
POSSIBILITIES TO BROADEN YOUR HORIZON WITHIN YOUR CURRICULUM
Students at TU Delft learn valuable skills by developing themselves in a broad sense. ORAS thinks this should be possible both within and outside the standard curriculum. Therefore we think it is important that you get the opportunity to choose electives or a minor that teach for example soft skills. Any student with this ambition should be counseled actively by TU Delft.
MORE CULTURAL EVENTS FOR A LIVELY CAMPUS
ORAS is committed to making the campus more lively; a place every student can feel at home. Our student population is becoming more and more diverse but the integration of different cultures on campus is not always that easy. Therefore ORAS is working on creating more awareness for the cultural diversity among students. For example, ORAS, in collaboration with internationally oriented student associations, is organizing a World Culture Festival that puts the many different cultures on campus in the spotlight.
Karen van der Werff (B-EE)
REGISTER FOR A MINOR WITH EASE
What minors does TU Delft offer? Which minors can I choose and is it possible for me to go abroad? These are all questions students deserve a clear answer for. Therefore, ORAS wants to make it easier for you to choose your minor by setting up an online minor matrix which gives a clear, accessible overview of which minors you can do and what they are about.
LIFELONG LEARNING AT TU DELFT
In a fast-changing world up-to-date knowledge is paramount. Therefore, ORAS believes it should be possible to take courses at TU Delft after you have graduated. ORAS has already achieved that alumni are now eligible for a discount on online professional education courses. ORAS stays committed to lifelong learning at TU Delft.
EDUCATION THAT KEEPS INNOVATING
The ways in which courses are taught are continuously developing. Smartboards, blended learning and video lectures are commonly used tools nowadays. Next to the IDE faculty a Teaching Lab has been established that offers lecturers opportunities to experiment with new teaching methods. ORAS actively stimulates the use of new teaching methods as long as they improve the quality of our education. However, ORAS strongly believes certain cornerstones of our education such as personal contact between students and lecturers should be safeguarded in the process of innovation.
RENEWED TU DELFT APP
ORAS worked on a replacement of the MyTUDelft-app with a lot of new applications. For example; you can get notifications if you have to enroll for exams and do it right away on the app, you’re also able to see your grades, make a complaint about your study place if something is broken, see your timetable right away or print online. Your campus card is also available online through this app!
Tom van der Schueren (B-MT)
YOUR EXAM GRADED WITHIN 10 DAYS
ORAS has stimulated TU Delft to adopt a policy prescribing lecturers to grade exams within 15 days. Now it is possible to grade exams even faster using an exam scan system, which also enables students to review their exams online. ORAS stimulates the use of such a system. A reduction of the grading term to 10 days is therefore not unreasonable, but requires an effort from TU Delft.
Janneke Zwetsloot (B-AES)
KEEP IMPROVING COLLEGERAMA
Collegerama helps students to be more flexible in studying. It gives you the opportunity to rewatch a difficult lecture or catch up on a missed lecture. Thanks to ORAS, each student can use Collegerama. Besides our devotion to get all the lectures recorded, ORAS is also engaged in making sure that the lectures are recorded in high quality. Besides, we are also proactively giving input for innovating Collgerama.
Joost Surewaard (B-AP)
SUFFICIENT PLACES TO STUDY, ALSO DURING THE WEEKENDS
During peak periods, there are structurally too little study places, especially during the weekends. This year ORAS has made sure the Library, Aula and Fellowship are opened more often. However, ORAS still notices that information provision about opening hours is lacking and that students encounter problems with finding a study place. ORAS is committed to making sure there are enough study places, also during the weekends.
Bart Stegewerns (B-ID)
MORE FACILITIES FOR PROJECT EDUCATION
TU Delft programmes contain many project-based courses. This is a good thing, but these courses require space to work. ORAS believes every student should be facilitated by TU Delft in taking project courses. Therefore we are committed to extra project rooms in the Library and Pulse so space is not the limiting factor in your bachelor or master thesis or project courses.
STUDY ABROAD WITHOUT BARRIERS
ORAS thinks doing an internship, a project or a minor abroad is a valuable enrichment to your study time. Therefore, the threshold to go abroad should be as low as possible. To achieve this, clear provision of information and knowledge of the number of available places are essential. That’s why ORAS is working on this!
Annelies ter Pelkwijk (B-Arch)
A TOOL TO STRUCTURE YOUR CURRICULUM CLEARLY
If you have a nominal study duration your courses have a logical order. However, this is not the case anymore if you experience a delay in your studies. ORAS is working on a tool you can use to structure your curriculum clearly. In this study planning tool you can see when courses are taught, what the prerequisites are and whether the study load of your curriculum is too high. The tool also enables you to find electives easily.
Danïelle van Dijk (B-MST)
BETTER INTEGRATION OF ENTREPRENEURIAL SKILLS IN OUR EDUCATION
Start-ups and entrepreneuring are becoming increasingly relevant for engineering students. There are many opportunities to start your own business but how does it work exactly? ORAS believes it is important you can learn about entrepreneurship during your studies. Therefore, we work closely together with for example YES!Delft Students to improve the integration of entrepreneurial skills in curriculums. We are also working on a factsheet of all entrepreneurship courses at TU Delft. Lastly, we are looking at how entrepreneurship can be integrated in certain project courses.
Christiaan Ouwehand (B-EE)
NO MANDATORY EXAMS OUTSIDE THE EXAM PERIOD
A TU Delft engineer has more than just technical knowledge. A TU Delft engineer stands out by being independent and responsible. ORAS believes you learn these distinctive skills by being able to plan your studies independently and having the freedom to work autonomously. Therefore ORAS wants to ensure there are no mandatory exams outside the exam period so you can decide yourself when you study.
Wiljo Treurniet (B-ME)
ATTENTION FOR PSYCHOLOGICAL HEALTH OF STUDENTS
ORAS believes the physical and mental well-being of students is paramount. The pressure on students, within their studies as well as on a social level, is often high. This sometimes leads to students facing psychological issues such as a burn-out. ORAS thinks this is worrisome and therefore believes students should receive sufficient counselling and support to avoid such problems, for example by more student psychologists on campus.