The Executive Board has decided to bring forward plans for a new education building next to the Polak building on campus Woudestein. The new building will be the same size as Polak (around 8,000 square metres) and will provide hundreds of study places. It is not yet clear exactly what the new education building will look like. It will probably open in 2022.
Study places in Tinbergen
In the coming months, the university will also be adapting the Tinbergen building for temporary use. The building is now partially empty due to a renovation. From September 2019, the Tinbergen building will provide classrooms and around 560 extra study places for the coming three years. The 310 current study places will also be made more attractive. The study places will be designed in close consultation with the students, the Executive Board promises.
Campus Woudestein currently has around 2,600 permanent study places and around 1,200 informal study places. As such, the university fulfils its self-imposed norm of one study place for each ten students. Nevertheless, students still complain about the lack of study places, particularly in the University Library and the Polak building.
This isn’t going to help if there isn’t anything done to moderate the high school students and students from other schools who come to the campus and fill up all the study spaces! EUR doesn’t want a “closed campus” but they need to implement some kind of preferential treatment for the students who actually pay to go to this school and need these study spaces. It doesn’t have to be an entirely closed campus to achieve this, needing an EUR ID to enter the library or Polak, for example, would be a huge step in the right direction.