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UM-wide minors programme scrapped

MAASTRICHT. There will definitely not be a UM-wide minors programme. “It was flogging a dead horse,” said rector Luc Soete recently to a University Council committee. The matter has been on-going since 2007, when it was decided to offer students more possibilities to take subjects at other faculties. In reality, this caused all kinds of problems, and the exchange of students hardly got off the ground. In 2012, the then rector Gerard Mols put the subject on the agenda again. UCM dean Harm Hospers was asked to look into the matter, and although the faculty deans initially agreed with a uniform size for the minors of 20 ECTS credits, it appeared later that faculties had a variety of objections. An alternative proposal to raise the level to 30 ECTS credits did not make it either, upon which Hospers threw in the towel. Soete: “He felt like he was flogging a dead horse. But each faculty had a valid excuse for not participating. SBE sends its students abroad for six months, Law feared for the civil effect [access to “robed professions”] if so much space had to be created for a minor.”

There were objections from the University Council: academic education is at stake here, can anything else be tried? The only option that Soete still sees – he is also disappointed with the results – is in bilateral agreements between faculties. “A few deans are interested. There is a great deal of demand from FHML, for example. The faculties could arrange matters among themselves.”



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