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.
With the start of the new semester “fresh blood” arrived at Zernike in the form of 90 international exchange students. To make their first day unforgettable the International Activity Workgroup had prepared an exciting challenge for them- a Treasure hunt!
The brave adventurers were divided into groups and were let to explore The World of Zernike in the search of ten check points. As if that task on its own was not hard enough, they had to go even further and prove their knowledge by answering tricky questions on each check point. Every right answer was a step closer to one of the “treasures” prepared for the three best teams.
At the end of the day winners or losers didn’t matter so much because everyone was enjoying the delicious dinner at the warm and cozy restaurant, organized by the Exchange office. Many were chatting with the new friends made during the day and there was not even one new exchange student who didn’t know Zernike like the back of his hand.
The ACLO is the largest sports organization in Groningen, as well as in the Netherlands. It provides a unique opportunity to all students studying in Groningen to make use of all its facilities and courses at a very accessible price.
Some say: “Finally”, others are rather disappointed that the summer is now definitely and officially over. This event brought the first snow to Groningen. Suddenly, everything was white when waking up on a Friday morning. Having talked to various people, the opinions about the first snow differ widely. Some students (especially international students) who haven’t seen snow in their life were really excited and you could see happy faces all over the place.