In the ensuing years, Lijst Bèta maintained a stable three seats and grew to become a solid partner in the student council, actively cooperating with students, study associations, student societies, and the executive board to improve the education at TU Delft continuously, together.
Lijst Bèta was founded in the academic year of 2010/2011 as party in the Central Student Council of the TU Delft, with the quality of education as its primary concern. After several years where practically only one party was active in the student council, seventy percent of its time was spent on topics other than education. The founders of Lijst Bèta, Jeroen Röhner and Thijs Durieux, believed that this figure was too high, and thought more time should be spent towards improving education at its core. Their reasoning was based on three arguments; Firstly, education is the core task of the university students encounter the most. Secondly, the student council has large influence on the university’s policies regarding education (for more info, read Student Concil/What is it?). Lastly, the Dutch government is cutting heavily in the budget for tertiary education, focusing more on the amount of diplomas awarded in time rather than the whole picture of personal development. For these reasons Röhner and Durieux believed that the student council should prioritize the core task of the university; educating students, so that everyone has access to even better education and your diploma retains (or even increase in) its value. Because even though the TU Delft always scores high in international rankings, there is always room for improvement. All professors are great intellectuals, but some lack essential didactic skills and simply read out loud from books. Furthermore, students sometimes did not have a clear goal in mind as to why they were taught certain skills.
With this philosophy in mind, a campaign was set up to participate in the student council elections. Like-minded students were sought and quickly a community of students, study associations and student societies grew that had the support of many. Varying reasons were given for the support. Some thought competition in the student council was beneficial in itself, others agreed that education should be prioritized.
Apparently, more students had the same vision as Röhner and Durieux, as evident from the results of the first student council elections Lijst Bèta took part in. Röhner and Durieux were able to obtain three out of the ten seats for their party. This was a wonderful result, even overwhelmingly so that they had to find an extra member, since they only anticipated two seats. They found Paul Huijbrecht and Paul Oligschläger, that both went into the student council on behalf of Lijst Bèta for half a year.
In the following elections, Lijst Bèta even managed to secure a fourth seat in the student council. Unfortunately, in our third year, that seat had to be given back to the other party, ORAS. In the ensuing years, Lijst Bèta maintained a stable three seats and grew to become a solid partner in the student council, actively cooperating with students, study associations, student societies, and the executive board to improve the education at TU Delft continuously, together.