Wageningen University knows a very active Student Council that actively participates in the decisionmaking. VeSte has seven seats in the Student Council. Our focus is on active students and a good quality of education. On this website you can find all relevant information about the party, your representatives in the Student Council and - of course - the different dossiers we receive and have to decide upon.

Who is VeSte?

VeSte (Verenigde Studenten, United Students) is a Student Council party founded in 1997 by members of the Contractus student associations in order to represent these associations and their members in the newly founded Student Council of Wageningen University (WUR). Over the years, VeSte has sought to become more inclusive by cooperating with various kind of organisations, both within Wageningen and on a national and international level. VeSte represents active students, which forms the core of its identity. The VeSte faction 2019-2020 is keen on representing this group of students this year.

What is our mission?

As a Student Council party, VeSte represents and supports active students of the WUR. Those are students that are willing to develop themselves both inside and outside the classroom. By engaging in extracurricular activities in various organisations and associations and by engaging in activities concerning with talent, knowledge and skill development these students create an atmosphere in which academic and societal development can thrive.

What does the current faction looks like?

The current VeSte faction is the 23rd, and acquired 7 seats in the Student Council during the last elections. We are:

Sophie Kuijten- Chair
Ralph van Herpen - Vice Chair
Lucas Hulsman - Secretary
Rick van der Tol - Treasurer
Kaj van den Heuvel - Internal Relations
Camille de Regt-Harvey - National Affairs
Larissa van der Zon - Public Relations

Where to find VeSte?

Feel free to contact us about any student or university related topic at veste@wur.nl or come by our office (room 014) on the Ground Floor of the Forum building.

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  • Do you think that broad academic development is important for all students? Do you value high quality of education? Do you enjoy a vibrant student life? During a VeSte board year you will not only maximize what you learn and experience during your student time, but you also aim to ensure other students can do so as well. 
As a VeSte member, it is your main responsibility to represent the voices of all active students to the board of the university in all aspects of student life. Topics you might be working on can include education and examination regulations, the university budget, facilities for students, internationalisation, digitalisation, flexibilisation of education, sustainability, or Study Anyplace Anytime. Besides approving proposed changes by the university board, you also have the right to initiate your own proposals that improve the university or benefit students. 
Are you interested? Come to our interest drink and ask all your questions!

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