Author: Patrick van Oosterom (Patrick van Oosterom)

A unique behind the scenes look at UVA SECURITY
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A unique behind the scenes look at UVA SECURITY

When during storm Eunice the entire university had to close, some people actually went to the UvA instead of fleeing the campus: the security team. Not only do they protect the students and teachers when on campus, but they also protect the campus when the students and teachers aren’t there.

Green Weeks: Enraged audience lashes out at UvA-HvA boards about Climate Policy
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Green Weeks: Enraged audience lashes out at UvA-HvA boards about Climate Policy

This Tuesday, the UvA and HvA concluded their Green Weeks period (21 April – 31 May) with a big final event, featuring a roundtable debate with representatives from the universities’ boards. Although roundtable debates can be quite a stuffy affair, this time it was different as multiple audience members expressed their disappointment with UvA’s passive approach to climate action policies. 'Why is there not a mandatory course on climate change and ethics?' asked one teacher. 'Good question' replied a board member. 

Student Rooms versus Schiphol
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Student Rooms versus Schiphol

The Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure tried to cancel a plan for 2.500 student homes in Kronenburg. The reason: noise pollution due to the nearby Schiphol Airport. On February 15, dozens of students marched in the pouring rain to protest the Ministry’s claim.

How a UvA event might save the trees
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How a UvA event might save the trees

Forests around the world are in danger. Many institutions for forest governance are extremely weak, and progress is slow. On February 1st, SPUI25 – UvA’s cultural-academic platform – organised a symposium to discuss the EU’s new proposal to combat deforestation. European politicians, WWF scientists, and private sector advisors alike reached similar conclusions: the proposal is both path-breaking and unprecedented. Yet it still doesn’t go far enough.

The Dies Natalis Question: Remembering What Universities Are For
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The Dies Natalis Question: Remembering What Universities Are For

Monday the 10th of January was the UvA’s 390th birthday. This was celebrated with a traditional (online) Dies Natalis ceremony, featuring the rector magnificus, researchers, and UvA students. As per usual on a birthday, there was quite a bit of reflecting on the past year. It was the perfect opportunity to ponder on the quintessential Dies Natalis question: What, actually, is the purpose of our university? And who is it for?