How Universities Can Back Student Organizations

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We have heard time without number how education should not be confined to the four walls of a classroom. It is believed that education should be simple and an easy get-in-get-out system where students are meant to sit down, take notes, study for exams, pass the exams and graduate. However, students, these days believe that part of attending a university is to go through the university experience as well. One in which they are not all about their academics but participating in activities that allow them to explore their identities and engaging with other like-minded students.

This is why many universities do not stop their students from forming and joining organizations. These associations could be co-curricular which are academically related or extra-curricular which are non-academic organizations where students with similar passions and interests come together to achieve a goal. However, forming organizations is not all there is about it, the organizations have to thrive and grow, and the best way for this to happen is to meet regularly from time to time. The universities should not only allow their students to form organizations; they have to encourage and give them the chance to organize events, outreach activities, gatherings, conferences and other activities that promote the growth of those organizations. The university itself should set up an infrastructure that allows these organizations to thrive. One way is by setting up the meeting room and making them accessible to the students’ organizations.

In the university I attended, only the student publication and student government were given offices. Other students’ organizations had to make ways for them to meet. Most times, after class hours, you would find students form clusters in different places like the canteen, the coffee shops, study area and in the hallways. In an ideal setting, an organization should have a place to meet and have all the resources they might need to ensure productive meetings such as projectors, whiteboards, etc.

If meeting rooms designed for the organizations existed, it would make it easy to run and grow the organizations. And also, even when these meeting rooms are provided, the fact that there are a lot of organizations within a university will bring about competition for those rooms, but with a room booking software, there will be a seamless “turn-by-turn” rotation amongst the organization, and it will be based on a first-come-first-served basis which the students are already used to.

This will enable the students to schedule their meetings early enough and choose the venue and time for the meeting. It will also help maximize space efficiency as different organizations can use the same space at different times thereby giving everyone equal opportunities at having a productive meeting.

These days, students are more creative, social and can think independently. If the children who have come to the university to learn professional skills can develop their personal

Moreover, social skills. This is something they can do by joining organizations and to this effectively do this, they need the support of the university.