Rush hour Students11 January 2022

International students do not receive free public transport - here is why that is unfair

LONGREAD - All international students know this frustrating situation: You and your Dutch colleague check out to exit the metro station - and while you pay 2.80 Euros for the ride, your colleague can exit for free.

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AD VALVAS14 December 2021

Last-minute student exchanges: ‘Some students were scammed’

The pandemic made it a lot harder for students to go on a student exchange, but some determined VU students did not want to give up on their plans.

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Campus06 December 2021

‘We do not believe students wish to put other people in danger’

LONGREAD - What will VU Amsterdam be doing to make sure infected students do not come to the campus? VU Amsterdam spokesperson Frauke van Goethem says it is primarily the responsibility of students themselves: ‘It is quite simply irresponsible to leave your home if you have Covid-19.’

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ICT06 December 2021

‘I understand how frustrating and demoralising it is for everyone’

LONGREAD - Executive Board member Marcel Nollen has really had his work cut out for him as a result of the IT crisis at VU Amsterdam. The situation has not left him unmoved. ‘Come and see me; my door is always open.’

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Internationalization02 December 2021

‘We should not stick to how we have always done things’

The VU strives to be an international community but needs to do more than translate syllabi and PowerPoint presentations into English, says historian Susan Legêne, dean of Humanities. ‘We can gain from a more diverse intellectual climate.’

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Elif Sali Taking Action01 December 2021

‘Undocumented people have a right to proper healthcare too’

LONGREAD - If you are homeless, your asylum application has been rejected, or are for some other reason uninsurable, then you can forget about getting treatment from a physiotherapist or dietician. Medical student Elif Sali (26) and her MEDIC association think this needs to change.

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Taking Action25 November 2021

‘Refugees are people, not things’

LONGREAD - Whatever the weather, Loes Mulders, staff member at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam spends an hour every month standing outside Amsterdam City Hall. Her aim is to draw attention to the inhumane treatment of refugees.

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Science16 November 2021

Can you replace laboratory animals? You can!

LONGREAD - During the Helpathon, scientific experts and researchers spent two days pondering the question of how to reduce the use of laboratory animals. ‘Focus your research on the Maradonas of this world.’

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De stadia van peer review Science15 November 2021

You’ll be rejected anyway, but it matters how

LONGREAD - Anonymous reviewers can sometimes be really brutal when assessing an article. When that happens, pettiness and academic rivalry seem to be more important than the quality of thought. It’s time for another system says the philosopher; time for a better process says the lawyer.

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ICT11 November 2021

‘Build your own mail server, it’s really not rocket science’

Honorary doctor Marleen Stikker thinks we are putting our fates too easily into the hands of parties which don’t necessarily have our best interests in mind. ‘AI should not be developed with the purpose of contributing to The Netherlands Inc.’

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