Features

Internationalization13 September 2021

‘I always become a little bit Chinese when someone attacks China’

LONGREAD - The West suffers from Chinaphobia and VU Amsterdam lecturer Peter Peverelli believes that is unwarranted. He is co-author of a book intended to counterbalance all this negative publicity.

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Rosanne Anholt Staff09 September 2021

‘I sat on the floor and cried’

LONGREAD - The work of PhD student Rosanne Anholt consisted of a patchwork of projects. She barely had time for her own research. Eventually the pressure took its toll.

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Students08 September 2021

What they don’t tell you about the Netherlands

So you came to the Netherlands, but life here is a little different from what you’ve seen in the ad campaigns and movies.

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Society01 September 2021

‘Netherlands apparently places little value on Afghan lives’

The Netherlands is abandoning the people of Afghanistan, according to two Afghan VU students. The Dutch government’s negligence has left them feeling bitter. “We’ve been betrayed, plain and simple.”

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Students31 August 2021

‘I did not feel very heard’

It took master student and student assistant at debate center 3D Nehal Saba (22) quite some time to settle in last year. The Palestinian student lived in Romania until moving to the UK in 2017.

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Campus26 August 2021

‘You never switch to the cloud for its security features’

LONGREAD - VU Amsterdam is currently migrating all employee and student data to the Microsoft cloud. Yes, that’s right: the same company whose email servers (Exchange) were hacked earlier this year, with disastrous consequences. So, how safe will our VU data be in the near future?

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Students08 July 2021

‘I had to take 8 paracetamols per day’

Students are generally less vulnerable to the coronavirus, but what happens to the students who do experience severe symptoms?

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Student&Company06 July 2021

Saurabh Jain prevents falling among elderly

LONGREAD - There are around 13 fatal falls every day in the Netherlands alone and the annual medical costs related to fall are more than 800 million euros. Saurabh Jain (29, Master’s student Artificial Intelligence) witnessed the psychological effect of a fall first hand and knew he could design the solution for this big problem.

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Internationalization01 July 2021

‘No internationals’: are foreign students being excluded?

Some international students at VU Amsterdam speak of feeling excluded or separated, both within and outside of the classroom. This could represent a thorn in the side for a university that is striving to be inclusive.

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Campus07 June 2021

‘Twente’s not the ends of the earth’

LONGRREAD - Rector Magnificus Vinod Subramaniam is leaving VU Amsterdam to become university president at Twente. ‘As an administrator, you can’t just impose your own values from above.’

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