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ICO supports ‘WOinActie’

posted 30 Jan 2019, 23:55 by ICO Education   [ updated 31 Jan 2019, 00:02 ]
The Dutch WOinActie protest movement is campaigning for the university and its future. Both the ICO board and ICO management support WOinActie. On 15 March 2019, there will be a national education strike, from primary school to university, to call attention to the reduction of work pressure and more investment in education.

ICO provides education and offers a scientific network to PhD candidates in the educational sciences from 12 Dutch and 4 Belgian universities. With the increased workload and lagging investments in education and educational research, good training and supervision of PhD candidates has come under increasing strain. Less and less research staff are available to supervise PhD candidates and to provide ICO courses. Similarly, PhD candidates are becoming less drawn to a future in education or science, considering the limited space for permanent appointments and the prospect of a towering workload. ICO supports the call for more attention to, and investments in, education and educational research to promote quality and innovation throughout the entire education chain.

ICO has designated the high workload among staff members as an area that needs addressing in the external review of the quality of ICO’s educational programme for PhD students. ICO regularly discusses this topic including possible solutions during consultations with staff, PhD candidates and external parties. Furthermore, ICO offers its staff members and PhD students the opportunity to take part in the campaign on 15 March 2019, which is also the second day of the National ICO Spring School. This will affect the content of this day. More information about this will follow later. We hope that all ICO members support this campaign.