Minister Van Engelshoven: “Erasmus University teaching teams deserve a great compliment"
On Thursday 7 May, Minister Van Engelshoven (Education, Culture and Science) paid a second working visit to Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR). The minister discussed the consequences of the corona crisis at the university with the Executive Board and lecturers, speaking extensively about online education and workload. This is due to the successful roll-out of mass online education by EUR over the last few months.
"It is very impressive to see how creative teachers have been in organizing online education in recent times. That also costs them a lot of energy, but the goal of facilitating home education for students as well as possible is what drives them enormously. I am very grateful and happy with the flexibility and dedication of the teaching teams at Erasmus University, they deserve a great compliment," said Minister Van Engelshoven.
Workload among teachers very high
Due to the corona crisis, teachers have been working much harder, resulting in more increased work pressure and stress. "We see daily that our employees deliver top performance and provide education for our students, as Executive Board, we greatly appreciate this," said Rutger Engels, Rector Magnificus. "However, we also see that this situation is not sustainable in the long term, so we want to take measures in the coming period to reduce the workload."
“We expect the workload to increase further as the crisis continues. An additional financial compensation from The Hague for universities is necessary to reduce the increased workload and compensate for all delay costs.” emphasises Hans Smits, chairman of the Executive Board.
"It is very impressive to see how creative teachers have been in organising online education in recent times."
Student concerns discussed with the minister
In a special edition of Erasmus TV, Minister Van Engelshoven and Rutger Engels discussed the welfare of students, as they are also experiencing greater study pressure and stress due to the crisis. During the broadcast, the minister answered questions from students and staff on subjects including; study delays and study financing. Minister van Engelshoven, reassured students that she is continuing to investigate appropriate measures to accommodate student concerns.
Watch the Erasmus TV episode here.