Introduction to the second edition of the UAUCU Student Research Exchange Collected Papers
In this publication you will find papers and reflections that were written by thirteen participants in the UAUCU student research exchange project 2016, a project that offers students from University College Utrecht (UCU), University Utrecht (UU) and the University of Aruba (UA) the opportunity to conduct research in a multidisciplinary international student team. All students have submitted papers that reflect the diversity of approaches that the students have followed. The 2015 edition of this program has proven to be successful: three papers have led to international publications and two papers have resulted in thesis that received awards. We wish the same for the participants in the 2016 edition.
On the following pages you will find papers on language and culture, health care development, international relations and diplomacy, labor and productivity, organizational transitions and sustainability. While reading you will notice that the research was in different stages of completion at the time of publication of this book: for some of the participants, the field research is completed but data still need to be interpreted, for some the field research still has to start, and for some, the research and analysis have been completed. Some students are still struggling with the interpretation and presentation of their findings. Based upon this fieldwork the student will write their bachelor’s or master’s thesis. The research interests of the students are diverse but show a common interest in sustainable development and it is clear from the final products that the collaboration in the multidisciplinary team has influenced their approach to their research topics.
Every student has written a reflection on his or her experiences during the project that you will find in this book. It is an interesting experience to read the reflections of the participants and to see how strong the collaboration and support has been among the students. These reflections tell you more about the core of this project: it is not only about doing research and about making student research meaningful; it is also about the realization that we can achieve more if we approach problems from several perspectives at the same time, and work together in teams that are multidisciplinary and as such complementary.
The papers in this volume are the product of peer to peer learning: the students in the research team have provided each other with feedback on content, method, style, language and structure. The papers have been published as they were submitted by the students; including the odd spelling mistake, grammatical error, raw opinion or hasty generalization.
Looking back at this second year of the project, one realizes how many people have been involved. It is impossible to name everybody; many people are crucial to the success of a project like this. For everybody who has been part of this project as (guest) lecturer, supervisor, manager, initiator, facilitator, student, interviewee, respondent, guide, coach or mentor: thank you very much for your support!
Eric Mijts & Jocelyn Ballantyne, Project coordinators UAUCU
Language and Culture
Anne Maamke Boonstra - UCU
The Performance of Gender & Sexuality During Carnival on Aruba
Maja Vasić - UU
The preferred language of instruction in the higher education in Aruba: attitudinal, situational and motivational aspects
Fardau Bamberger - UU
The role of English in Aruba’s linguistic landscape
Health and Care Development
Felishah Ponson - UA
The emotional impact on people with disabilities striving to be independent in Aruba
Dahariana Evertsz - UA
A situational Analysis of the relevant welfare services and social security programs for the older population of Aruba: implications for policy
Nurianne Dhalía Arias - UA
Diabetes Management in a Changing Society
International Relations and Diplomacy
Ghislaine Nicolaas - UA
Economic Diplomacy in Sub-National Island Jurisdiction
Labor and Productivity
Giancarla Lobbrecht - UA
Absenteeism in the Public Sector
Gianira Maduro - UA
Satisfaction of the ‘Bezoldigingsregeling Ambtenaren’
Organizational Transitions and Sustainability
Mirjam Snitjer - UU
“The Sexiness of Sustainability” Perspectives Towards Sustainability of Aruban Citizens
Anniek van Wezel - UU
The utility and waste management sector in the 2020 vision of Aruba
Lizanne Takke - UU
Aruba’s sustainable transition: leadership used in an organizational transition towards sustainability from a management perspective
Jochem Pennekamp - UA
Does the Model Fit the Format? A Re-contextualization of the Triple Helix Model(s) in a Small Island Setting