Cultural diversity has become an important issue for Tilburg University in recent years. The population of the university is becoming more international, and more ethnic minority students from the Netherlands are coming to study here. The university considers it important that the talents of all students are developed, and also that there should be more opportunities for students with a native Dutch background to mix with ethnic minority students.
Many ethnic minority students adhere to the typically Dutch motto "Just act normally, that's crazy enough!" They do not like to stand out from the crowd. However, it is no bad thing to adopt a higher profile and get all you can out of your time at university. Many faculties offer additional programs for excellent students. Ethnic minority students do not make much use of these programs, perhaps because they are unaware of them, or possibly out of modesty.
Information for prospective students
Information at Studentenpool.
Student life is not always easy. You may be the first person in your family to go to university, or you may not have much time because you have a part-time job. Or there may be other factors that could interfere with your studies, such as difficulties with your friends or family, or even traumatic experiences of war. It helps to be able to talk to someone about these things. At the Student Advisory Office you can talk to a Dean of students or a student psychologist. You can arrange an appointment with one of them at the Student Desk, telephone +31 13 - 466 8000.
Many ethnic minority students are the first members of their families to go on to higher education. They cannot rely on much support from their families, because they have no experience of what it means to be a student. The first year in particular is therefore an extra challenge. If you need advice on how you can study most effectively or how to plan your time, or if you have any questions about the organization of the university (subjects, timetables, exams) you can contact your academic advisor or program coordinator. The Student Desk organizes training and workshops on, for example, getting the most out of your time at university, study skills and much more.
At Tilburg University there are a number of student associations that
are concerned with cultural diversity on the campus. They also have a
Facebook page that you can sign up to.
A number of events, workshops and lectures are organized by the Centre for Science and Values and Studium Generale every year. If you have a good idea for an event on the theme of diversity, please contact Academic forum: your event might be eligible for financial support.
Obtaining a PhD
After graduating you might decide to opt for a career in the academic world. Information meetings are occasionally held at the Student Desk, and you can contact the Student Desk for more information.
Professor Ruben Gowricharn, Professor of Social Cohesion and Transnational Issues, provides support to ethnic minority PhD students.