Every spring, Groningen becomes the host of an enormous flower market for a day. The flower vendors take over a large part of the city centre and thousands of tourists from other towns and neighbouring Germany make their way. Be it for buying some flowers or just for a walk, it is fun to see the market.
One thing I surely did not understand was why on my way home I became a witness of Groningen being invaded by farm animals. Not really something you see every day!
If you missed the International Day this year, don’t worry: we were there The delicious food from all over the world may be gone but we took some pictures and videos to keep the memory alive.
The international day is organised annually by the EBF and it is a great way to get to know a bit more about the cultures of the international students at the faculty. Many students are excited about letting their colleagues and teachers try their favourite dishes from back home and this all results in a great variety of foods and drinks from every corner of the world. See for yourselves!
We frequently tell you about various events happening at the faculty but do you know who are the organisers? It’s mostly the student associations, which are organisations within the faculty, comprised entirely of students, and partly funded by the University. In the following paragraphs I will try to tell you the must-know information about the three main organisations of our faculty!
The EBF (Economics and Business Faculty association)
This is by far the most popular student association in the faulty, and also the “mother” association of many sub-associations. The EBF organises numerous formal and informal activities throughout the year from themed parties at local nightclubs to conferences with top executives of multinational companies and high-level politicians and business people. The European Study Research (ESR) and International Business Research (IBR) projects of the EBF are also very popular. They involve travelling abroad with a group of students (within or outside Europe) and conducting real business research while meeting and getting in touch with top multinational companies. Having experienced the ESR myself, I would highly recommend it to anyone who likes to travel and experience the business world while still in university.
Even if extra-curricular activities do not interest you, EBF still comes in handy when it comes to studying. There is an EBF stand, which sells summaries for many of the courses offered at the FEB, which allow for quick preparation or revision for exams if you haven’t been able to prepare in time for the exam.
A book-sale is also organised by the EBF at the beginning of every block, so members of the EBF can buy new books at better prices than in the book stores across town.
It’s also important to note that aside from being a regular member and participating in any activities you like (there are no obligations), you can also become an active member of the EBF and get on any of the committees of students who organise all these events! Aside from great fun, this also has numerous benefits for building your CV.
This is the name of the sub-organisation of the EBF, which specialises itself in events that would particularly interest students with an affinity to marketing. Aside from all the marketing-oriented activities, such as guest lectures, conferences, recruitment events that MARUG holds at the faculty, there is also a possibility to conduct similar to the ESR and IBR research while travelling abroad with fellow marketing-inspired students. More info on MARUG here: www.marug.nl
This is the organisation where your ought to be if you are fascinated by finance, investments, accountancy, etc. The events organised by RISK are also a good mixture of formal and informal. Traditionally the conferences organised by the organisation have also been very popular amongst students mostly because of the great speakers that participate, who often hold very high positions in the financial industry. There are numerous social events organised for the members at local pubs and bars. It should be noted though that even though the faculty is increasingly international, many of the students are Dutch and not being able to speak the local language can be a bit frustrating. Fortunately, most of the formal events such as conferences are held in English. More info about RISK can be found here: http://www.riskgroningen.nl/
Similar to the previous two associations, VESTING is also specialised according to the interest of a specific student group, namely Econometrics. Since the econometrics student are not as many as the business or economics students, this also means that the association is relatively smaller. VESTING mostly organises social events as well as some smaller-scale professional and study-oriented events. More info can be found here: http://www.devesting.nl/