An external review committee qualifies the assessment system and the achievement of learning outcomes of the Master programme Sustainability Science and Policy (Master SSP) as ‘good’ (on NVAO’s four-point scale of unsatisfactory, satisfactory, good, and excellent).
The Master SSP (based at ICIS – FHS) started in September 2011 and in the context of quality assurance the NVAO and UM agreed that after three years the programme should initiate an external review of the achieved learning outcomes as demonstrated by the final projects of the students, and informs NVAO about the results. This procedure represents a midterm review, halfway the regular six-year review and accreditation cycle for Bachelor and Master programmes in the Netherlands.
The Programme Board of the Master SSP prepared a Self-study Report and made all final student projects (Master Theses and SAP Reports) and corresponding assessment and grading forms available for the external review committee. The committee focussed on the question: “Is the programme achieving its objectives?”, and the corresponding NVAO standard: “The programme has an adequate assessment system in place and demonstrates that the intended learning outcomes are achieved”. The review committee studied 15 Master theses (34% of SSP theses) and 3 SAP Reports (27% of SAP reports), taking into account the distribution over different grading categories and over the last three years.
The review committee concluded that the assessment system of the final projects of the students is adequate, valid, reliable, and transparent. As to the quality of the final student projects as shown by the Master Theses and SAP Reports, the review committee concluded that the intended learning outcomes of the Master SSP programme are achieved as demonstrated by the academic level of the final projects of the students.
Therefore, the overall judgement of the external review committee with respect to the assessment system and the achievement of learning outcomes of the Master SSP programme, is: ‘good’.
The midterm review of the Master SSP programme was conducted by Prof. dr. Rietje van Dam (chair), Prof. dr. Gerd Michelsen and Prof. dr. Bert de Vries.
Professor Pim Martens has been appointed as a member of the International Advisory Board of the Graduate Program in Sustainability Science – Global Leadership Initiative (GPSS-GLI) of Tokyo University (Japan). The goal is to gather renowned experts from around the world who are involved in sustainability and related education in order to help provide a ‘sustainable’ direction of the program.
The advisory board’s activities will include reviewing program curriculum and educational activities, providing advice and guidance for continual improvement, helping identify perspectives or future directions that GPSS-GLI should pursue and suggesting new ideas concerning pedagogy, curriculum, underlying educational concepts, and other educational issues regarding sustainability science.
[Dutch] Op woensdag 28 januari organiseren KNNV, Hogeschool VHL, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, ICIS-Maastricht University, Alterra, Wageningen UR, Haags Milieucentrum en Entente Florale Nederland in samenwerking met de vijf icoonsteden: Groningen, Leeuwarden, Den Haag, Eindhoven en Amersfoort de landelijke aftrap van Operatie Steenbreek.
Het doel van Operatie Steenbreek is om de burgers te enthousiasmeren om hun tuin en of daken te vergroenen. Zo dragen burgers zelf bij aan de leefbaarheid van hun buurt. Bovendien zorgt groen in de buurt voor verkoeling, waterberging en biedt het een leefgebied voor vogels, vlinders, bijen en andere insecten. Meer informatie en inschrijving: webpagina operatie steenbreek op vitalegroenestad.nl en ICIS webpagina Carijn Beumer (coördinator Operatie Steenbreek).
A group of students who follow the Sustainability Science and Policy master programme at ICIS came to visit the United World College (UWC) Maastricht on December 8. The purpose of their visit was to share a bit of their knowledge with the younger generation of high school students who are also already interested in sustainability-related topics. The students discussed the complex concept of sustainability, ecological footprints of all the 16 represented countries and finally the discussion turned to considering the individual behaviour and habits and how could these become more sustainable. The workshop was fruitful, interesting and entertaining for both sides, so our SSP students are all already looking forward to the next time when SSP will come to meet UWC.
In a joint seminar, ICIS and Maastricht Science College invited Marc Bras from BMW to present the firm’s electric vehicle strategy. There was plenty of opportunity for the students and staff to discuss but also to check out the BMW i3, a full electric vehicle, which filled the court yard of our building.
News article in the Observant.
The MUST PhD workshop Participatory Knowledge Exchange (which took place at ICIS, December 4-5) was a great success. Lectures by ICIS staff Gertjan Storm, Ron Cörvers, Annemarie van Zeijl, Astrid Offermans and Joop de Kraker about science-policy relations, scientific knowledge, joint knowledge production, and social learning introduced ICIS PhD’s and others in this emerging topic, and paved the way for an interesting and intensive hands-on training in stakeholder engagement and knowledge exchange by our UK colleagues Mark Reed and Anna Evely of Sustainable Learning.
The article discusses the international and particularly the EU regulatory context of a claim from a non-profit organization (Urgenda) together with individual citizens asking the court to declare (next to other claims) that the State of the Netherlands should reduce its greenhouse gas emissions with 40% by 2020. Since the article has been published in the Dutch Law Journal, further information will be in Dutch.
[Dutch] Dit artikel zet de door Urgenda gestarte rechtsszaak in Europeesrechtelijk perspectief. Urgenda claimt dat de Nederlandse Staat jegens eisers onrechtmatig handelt indien de Staat niet overgaat tot een reductie van broeikasgasemissies met 40% (althans minstens 25%) in 2020 ten opzichte van het jaar 1990, hetgeen ambitieuzer is dan de EU voorschrijft. Een algemeen kenmerk van het Europese regelgevingspakket is dat het diverse arrangementen biedt voor emissiehandel, zowel tussen lidstaten en als tussen bedrijven. Unilaterale scherpere emissiereducties door lidstaten – zoals voor Nederland geëist door Urgenda – betekenen per saldo alleen een daadwerkelijke emissiereductie als nalevingsresultaten van lidstaten die ambitieuzer zijn dan hetgeen nodig is volgens EU regelgeving niet meer worden overgedragen aan lidstaten met een nalevingstekort. Voorts zouden degenen die juridische actie willen voeren hun pijlen wellicht met meer succes kunnen richten op het bereiken van zoveel mogelijk naleving van reeds gestelde regels.
Lees het volledige artikel in het Nederlands Juristenblad
On December 4th at 10:00, Carijn Beumer will defend her PhD thesis ‘Stepping Stone Cities? Exploring Urban Greening and Gardening as a Viable Contribution to Global Biodiversity Conservation’, in the Aula of Maastricht University.
4 December 10:00
Aula Minderbroedersberg 4-6