Students-for-Students (S4S): better education for students, by students
S4S stimulates and facilitates students’ projects which contribute to improving the quality of education for students. S4S is funded by government resources, which are freed up by the abolition of the Dutch basic student grant (“basisbeurs”) and are now transferred directly to the universities to invest in the improvement of education. By enabling students to contribute to the improvement of their education, S4S brings these resources back to the students.
S4S has a partnership* with the following initiatives:
The S4S initiatives that currently receive support from us are:
- The Research Group
- Education in Transition
- Erasmus Public Speaking Academy
- Asset Management Study Association
Some inspiring examples of students-for-students projects – so-called “S4S initiatives” – are:
- Erasmus Anatomy Research Project
- Erasmus Language Sharing
- B&R Beurs Academies
- Sociologiecommissie (SoCo)
S4S initiatives are extra- or intracurricular educational projects, which are organized by and for students. The goal is to provide students with broadening or deepening knowledge and/or skills, which are not part of their regular curriculum.
*Existing projects with enough track record are offered an S4S partnership. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you think your project might be eligible.
The S4S Support Platform of the Erasmus University Rotterdam originates from an initiative proposal by University Council student member Daniel Sieczkowski and is inspired by Prof. Dr. Gert-Jan Kleinrensink, who has been running a similar and tremendously successful S4S support platform at the Erasmus MC - called the “Genootschap voor Extra-curriculaire Rotterdamse Studentenprojecten (GERS)”- since many years.
S4S offers support so that students can set up their S4S initiatives or further develop existing S4S initiatives. The S4S Support Platform can provide the following support:
- Advice (for example regarding marketing or organisation of events)
- Practical support in kind (rooms for events, facilities, etc.);
- Financial support.
You are eligible for support if your S4S initiative fulfils the following criteria:
- The initiative is educational and of sufficiently high academic quality;
- It includes some kind of “test” on what participants have learnt from it;
- It differs from existing initiatives;
- It benefits students who are no longer eligible for a basic student grant;
- It has been set out in a clear and feasible action plan;
- The available financial resources will be used in a sensible and economical way.
Are you wondering whether your idea is eligible? Or do you have any other questions? Then please contact us at email@example.com and we’ll be happy to help you!
Read more about the S4S partnerships and initiatives
Turing Students Rotterdam is part of the biggest network of student tech communities in the world, who are jointly working to change the educational system through tech. On campus, TSR is building a community of tech-leaders of the future by inspiring students through educational events, coding bootcamps and social activities. TSR enables students from all backgrounds to learn hard skills and start their career in the tech world. Read more.
Given the rising interest from industries and students in next generation technologies, the Erasmus Tech Community (ETC) was established to raise awareness and educate students in Erasmus University Rotterdam about technology changes taking place. Read more.
Education in Transition strives to transform the current education system in ways which correspond to the needs of future generations. They are a university-wide, student-led organization that advances 21st century skills, systemic change and social responsibility in all disciplines and layers of the university. Read more.
Since asset management, and investing in general form the pillars of our current society, the Asset Management Study Association (AMSA) aims to increase the presence of the asset management industry at Erasmus University through easy-access educational media products, available to all students from any faculty. Read more.
Project coordinator Students-for-Students and (presidium) member of the EUR University Council
Steering board member of the Community for Learning and Innovation and chair of the student body of the EUR University Council
Dr. Pleunie van den Borne
Programme secretary Community for Learning and Innovation