|Dr. G.H. van Oenen||Chair|
|Dr. K.E.M. Bauer||Academic staff member|
|Dr. B. Leeuwenburgh||Academic staff member|
|M. Nieuwenhuys MSc||External member|
|Drs. T. Herold||Secretary|
|Dr. L.T. Slegtenhorst||Administrative secretary|
Gijs van Oenen-Chair
The Examination Board and its Beruf
Some one hundred years ago, Max Weber wrote Wissenschaft als Beruf: academic life as a profession, as well as a calling. We could say that, in matters of academic education, the Examination Board is the guardian of that Beruf. It is the University Board, or the dean, who confers the grade - bachelor or master. But it is the Examination Board that ‘establishes in an objective and expert way whether a student fulfills the conditions posed by the Course & Examination Regulations concerning the knowledge, understanding, and skills necessary for the acquisition of a grade.’ Apparently, the law isn’t fully comfortable entrusting this mission to the dean. Now of course, the dean shares Weber’s calling, and also possesses expertise, but apparently lacks objectivity. This is because he, or she, also has financial matters to consider, and other inconvenient matters that potentially corrupt the Beruf. The Examination Board here constitutes a countervailing power; it functions, so to speak, as the guardian of the faith. To do this, it can only rely on a modest stack of formal rules and regulations. Yet, isn’t it the letter that kills, while it is the spirit that gives life? (2 Corinthians 3:6) Thus behold the Examination Board’s paradoxical mission: to identify the living Beruf in the lifeless rule.
Bart Leeuwenburgh-Academic Staff Member
When our dean asked me if I would be willing to become an academic staff member of the Examination Board I couldn’t resist to say yes. I hope I will meet the demands and will be able to bear the responsibility of co-organizing and co-coordinating the quality of the study programme and the examinations of our beautiful Erasmus School of Philosophy and look forward to a fruitful cooperation with my dear colleagues.
Katharina Bauer-Academic Staff Member
I think it is important that there is transparency and fairness in exams and theses-both for students and for teachers. It would be great if, we as an Examination Board, could make the bureaucratic processes as simple as possible. My aim is to contribute to this as a member of the Examination Board.