Former Student Ombudsman at UCM: Students' Biggest Concern is Exam Preparation
During his doctoral studies, Erik Urc from the Faculty of Social Sciences became the first student ombudsman not only at UCM but also in Slovakia. Now, he serves as the vice-dean for development at the faculty. In an interview, he described his year in office and what concerns students the most.
The FSV UCM is the first faculty in Slovakia to introduce the institution of a student ombudsman, making it a unique project. Who came up with the idea to implement this initiative?
It's true that our project received media attention. I believe that in 2015, there was an initiative to establish a student ombudsman for the entire Slovakia. However, the idea faced resistance, and it didn't materialize. At our faculty, we are the first to successfully implement such a project. The idea originated primarily with the dean (Peter Horváth – editor's note), who, when running for office, had a vision for the program and wanted to fulfill it. One of the points was the establishment of the student ombudsman institution. He delivered on the promises he made during the campaign and established the institution as soon as he became dean.