The Faculty of Economics and Business made a steady step towards a bright digital future. Finally after months of preparations, the first computer-based exam was hold in the newly furnished exam room in the good old Aletta Jacobs Exam Hall, located in Zernike complex.
The room has the capacity of 288 seats which are waiting for brave students to prove themselves in the trial called exam period. However, this time the weapons won`t be old fashioned pen and pencil but mouse and keyboard. The only thing that an examinee needs to do is to log in a course in Nestor that becomes available at the beginning of the exam and let his knowledge do everything else.
As for the teachers, there will be no more horrible hand writing, that looks like a hieroglyphs of an ancient spell. They will receive all the answers made available on Nestor, seeing only the student number. This will speed up the process of correcting the papers and will save the lives of hundreds innocent trees, which are ending their existence in the form of exam papers.
Looking at the new exam room the futuristic picture in the old cartoons of students studying in front of their laptops in a fully digital class rooms seems more and more not just imaginary scenery but a close reality.
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/
Are you an international student at the FEB? And do you want to show everyone the great and special things your country has to offer?
Then you should definitely help out at this years’ International Day on the 14th of March! We are searching for students that want to represent their country at a stand by showing us anything unique and typical of the country. This could be anything, from food and traditional clothing to (drinking) games.
Some of the material needed for the stands (for example flags and food) will be paid for by the EBF, but you are encouraged to bring along anything else you want to show.
After all, there will be a great atmosphere, exciting people, and, most importantly, free food and beer for all volunteers!