On the 16th of June UvA organised a little birthday party for its Economics and Business (EBE) Faculty! EBE turned 100 years old. But the biggest question is, was it a rave or a snooze fest?
The exhibition in the REC E main hall displays the history, founding and development of UvA EB across 5 key periods, marked by the years 1922, 1947, 1972, 1997 and 2022. The exhibition consists of 5 illuminated panels, each representing 1 key year. In addition to it, UvA organised a large party at Nemo on June 16th to celebrate the century. UvA went above and beyond to ensure that the students from the Faculty of Economics and Business had a memorable evening. The EBE Faculty prepares for the future by integrating digitalisation, analytics, and Big Data into the curriculum of both the Amsterdam School of Economics (ASE) and the Amsterdam Business School, which now has a significant number of students and academic staff from overseas (ABS).
As we explore the history of economics and business science over the previous century, the years 1922, 1947, 1972, 1997, and 2022 illustrate the changes in the faculty over 5 generations of academics. Each level of the Nemo museum hosted “a secret party,” each with an appropriate theme for a single decade. These marking years were significant moments in time for the celebration as well. Starting with the 1920s, including the jazz period, and concluding with a modern-day party indicative of the present. Because the museum’s exhibits were accessible to everyone, the visit was more memorable. The guests may actively engage through hands-on experience rather than merely reading the material posted. People are more open to exploring and learning new concepts when they are physically engaged. The highlight of the evening was, of course, the rooftop cocktail bar, where everyone could enjoy the pleasant weather, a few drinks, and the Instagram photos everyone had all been longing for. If no one is taking pictures, what is the sense of dressing festively? The UvA encouraged us to savour delectable appetisers and beverages, an amazing bingo, a laid-back jazz lounge, as well as the opportunity to hit the dance floor in the designated area.
The Faculty of EBE demonstrated to us via this celebration the rich history that lies behind it, the process by which it was created, and the possibility for growth that it has through us.