My time here at GROUP T has come to its fourth year, and these past three years have been great. This school clearly has its own character and the beauty of GROUP T is its open and clear philosophy that lies behind every course. This at least is the intention. A student who has struggled successfully through his first year at GROUP T is fully aware of what he is learning and knows what it will provide him later on in life, both personally and professionally.
To put this in terms of today's theme: GROUP T delivers 'conscious' students
During the past couple of years, GROUP T has faced a bunch of new and complicated challenges. These include the introduction of the new Credit Accumulation system, the shortage of internship-places for teachers and the ever rising number of enrollments, while this building seems to be shrinking.
These matters still require the constant attention of the staff at GROUP T to ensure that the student doesn’t suffer from them.
GROUP T philosophy
The biggest challenge of all is still being able to see the wood for the trees. And this of course in combination with maintaining the fundamental and typical GROUP T philosophy, which gives our diploma its added value.
Students sign up at GROUP T because of the solar car, the advertising campaigns or the beautiful building here at Campus Vesalius.
Students stay at GROUP T not because they are interested in a more or less challenging curriculum, but because they wish to obtain the best education available.
These students are the reason why this is the biggest challenge and why it requires the full support and co-operation of everybody at GROUP T: our management, our administration, our teaching staff and most of all our students.
Everybody at GROUP T, from the IT crowd in module 14 to the basement at campus Comenius.
Yet we see, despite the fact that this philosophy flows deeply in our veins, that this co-operation between the various levels doesn’t always run as smoothly as most people would hope. In some cases it does not seem to run at all...
Is it not so that team dynamics, the course where students learn to function as one group, as one team, is one of the very first courses taught here at GROUP T?
Is it not so that communication is considered to be one of the fundamental concepts at GROUP T?
Is it not so that one of the 5 Es, environmenting, which teaches us always to look at the bigger picture and to put things in perspective, is currently being ignored?
It almost seems ridiculous to declare this academic year to be ‘opened’ when the people providing the right education seem to forget to abide by their own rules.
Value for money
This is not how we learned it, how we wish to see it nor how we want to move on in the future.
That is why we, the students and in particular the Student Council, wish to offer our complete cooperation in this daunting task.
In short: we, the students, the reason why this institution is here in the first place, are worried. Worried about the quality of our lectures, the quality of our seminars, the quality of our exercises and the quality of our lab sessions.
Or in other words (words that might sound familiar for some)
“ The students are the customers, and customers expect value for their money.”
Bavo Van Achte
President of the Student Council
GROUP T – International University College Leuven