In this publication you will find papers and reflections that were written by the ten participants in the UAUCU undergraduate research exchange project 2015, a project that offers students from University College Utrecht (UCU) and the University of Aruba (UA) the opportunity to conduct research in a multidisciplinary international student team. All students, 5 from each university, have submitted papers that reflect the diversity of approaches that the students have followed.
On the following pages you will find papers on linguistics, economic development, communication, nature conservation, renewable energy, law, cultural identity and the influence of tourism. 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. 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.
Looking back at this first 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
Florianne Sollie - UCU
Language and education in a multilingual society: Text comprehension and language attitudes among Aruban high school students.
Sil Boedi Scholte - UCU
Who Plays What Role to Take the Stage? The Governance of Staging Authenticity and Commodification of Cultural Heritage in Aruba.
Kimberly van Loon - UA
Perceptions of internal communication, as told by employees within the health care sector.
Geneida Geerman - UA
Internal communication of sustainable development within hotel sector.
Sharon Meijer - UA
Sustainable practices of Aruban SMEs and their influence on the economy.
Petra Zaal - UCU
Reduction of energy consumption at Aruban hotels.
Francis Malca - UA
Legal perspectives on Solid waste management in Aruba.
Rikkert Loosveld - UCU
Does the Parkietenbos landfill have boundaries? A waste and ph-gradient assessment of Parkietenbos.
Tobia de Scisciolo - UCU
The Assessment of Aruba’s Shoreline Pollution: A Comparison between the South and the North coast.
Giovanni Jacobs - UA
Mapping Aruba’s policy on beach care.