Candidate for the NTNU-board:

Jørgen Valseth

Age: 24 years old
Studieby: Trondheim
Study programme: Industriell økonomi og teknologiledelse
Hva nå NTNU? – Utdanningskvalitet og studentfrivillighet post-COVID

Candidate text:

Almost four years ago I ran for a student representative position at my department without really knowing what I was getting into. I hardly knew who my own representatives were, and I definitely didn’t know what a student representative actually does. Since then I have been fortunate enough to have been elected as a student representative at both the departmental and faculty level three times, and I have gotten the opportunity to meet loads of very competent and committed students and staff. However, I still struggle when I try to explain what a student representative actually does, as there seems to be no limit as to what we do! But what I can do, is explain why it is so important to have student representatives that speak on behalf of the students. Because, even though the people in different committees, boards and the management at some point also were students, they don’t necessarily know what it means to be a student today. And unfortunately, I think we have experienced this during the pandemic, as there has been made decisions on important matters that are hard to explain from a student point of view. Therefore, I believe it will become important to figure out what we can learn from the pandemic, especially with regards to lectures, exams, students’ psychosocial health and the importance of supporting student organizations. I reckon we have a unique opportunity to develop NTNU in a much better direction, and I want to be a part of that!

I therefore think the most important matters for the student representatives in the NTNU board will be:
• Increasing the focus on students’ psychosocial health, and more services and initiatives related to this
• Better cooperation with, and facilitation for, student organizations
• How to develop lectures and exams in light of what we have learned during the pandemic. Many of us miss the social aspect of being on campus, but we appreciate the increased flexibility digital solutions provide. How can we get the best of both worlds in the future?

These are issues I have gotten to work on at the departmental and faculty level, and they are also important to me personally. I therefore hope I can get the opportunity to keep working with this, but now for all students at NTNU. I aim to be a clear voice on behalf of all students regardless of field of study and city of study. Whether you study engineering, teaching, nursing, or one of the almost 400 other programs at NTNU, and regardless of you studying in Trondheim, Gjøvik or Ålesund, I want to be your voice in the NTNU board. I therefore hope I can get your vote today!
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