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Should there be a greater English content in the school paper: Univers, regarding the international status that the university is aiming for?

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  1. 1. Should there be a greater English content in the school paper: Univers, regarding the international status that the university is aiming for? Johnny Au Kim Hao Dang K Sonam Lama Luc van Hagen
  2. 2. There are roughly 800 international students  (7%). There are 350 exchange students.  Univers is mostly in Dutch. 
  3. 3. 25% of bachelor students to be international.  50% of master students to be international. 
  4. 4. An online survey (Thesistools) has been used  to gather the data. 6 questions were asked.  132 survey’s have been filled in. 
  5. 5. Are you a Dutch or an international student? 7,6 Most of the students are Dutch. Dutch International 92,4
  6. 6. Do you read the schoolpaper? A lot of students 13.64 actually read the 25.76 school paper. Only a Always small population never Sometimes reads it. Never 60.61
  7. 7. Do you have any international friends? This shows that most of the students don’t have international friends. So there is segregation 39.39 between the Dutch students Yes and the international No students. 60.61
  8. 8. How would you rate your English on a scale from 1 to 5? 50 45 40 35 Most students rate their 30 English as average or 25 above average. 20 15 10 5 0 1 2 3 4 5 Bad Good
  9. 9. Should there be greater content in the English? Like the university, the students also support internationalization. 38.64 Yes No 61.36
  10. 10. Would you read the university paper if it was totally English? 45 It doesn’t really matter 40 whether the Univers is in 35 English or Dutch. Most 30 people will still read it. 25 20 15 10 5 0 1 2 3 4 5 No, I won’t read Yes, I would read
  11. 11. Most people will read the Univers if it is  written in English.
  12. 12. We had an interview with Ries  Agterberg, chief editor of the Univers. The actual interview took about 15 minutes.  But due to technical difficulties we could not show the whole interview.
  13. 13. Not enough money for Univers in two  languages. Not enough authors who can provide quality  English articles. Follow the university in internationalizing  instead of the other way around.
  14. 14. University wants to be more international but  is not willing to pay more money for an international school paper. Univers is waiting for the school to be more  international, while the fact is that a school becomes increasingly more international when things like the school paper are available in English.

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