Features

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’

LONGREAD - 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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Campus20 May 2021

Stop being self-satisfied, talk about your mistakes

LONGREAD - The climate in many academic workplaces is often miserable. These three researchers are working on how to improve it. ‘Share negative experiences with each other, that really helps.’

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Students07 May 2021

Online dating: which app is right for you?

LONGREAD - Dating apps have become more popular than ever before due to the lockdowns. So a couple of weeks ago, I decided to download the first five recommended by the App Store: Tinder, Happn, Hinge, Bumble and Inner Circle.

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