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Society17 February 2022

Dutch universities receive information request regarding support for Israel

A research institute advocating for the rights of Palestinians wants Dutch universities to provide documentation regarding their ties to “organisations that propagate support for the state of Israel”. The universities have asked for more time to process the request.

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Campus15 February 2022

‘It was exhausting trying to find accommodation’

How are you doing, after almost two years of pandemic? There is even a chance that students will be confined to their rooms for the third spring in a row this year. In this ten-part series seven Dutch and three international staff members and students tell us how they are faring. Part 6: Salma Bel Lahdab, third-year student from Spain.

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Campus14 February 2022

Packed lecture halls soon permitted again

From next Friday cafés will be allowed to stay open until 01.00 and football stadiums can be filled to capacity again.

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Internationalization14 February 2022

Better protection of knowledge needed against unfree countries

Knowledge institutions need to arm themselves better against unwanted interference by countries that are not free. It is up to supervisory boards to check that they are doing so, Education Minister Robbert Dijkgraaf said yesterday in the House of Representatives.

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Science11 February 2022

‘Chinese funding is not always inappropriate’

Higher education in the Netherlands does not necessarily have to refuse funding from China, in the opinion of Education Minister Robbert Dijkgraaf. The institutions must, however, “be wary of the dangers and risks”.

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Internationalization10 February 2022

Universities want to curb number of international students

This year nearly eighty thousand international students are studying at Dutch universities: 14 percent more than last year. The total number of students has risen to a record 340 thousand.

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Campus09 February 2022

‘It’s heartbreaking how the university handles the challenges of international staff from a minority background’

How are you doing, after almost two years of pandemic? Students may even be confined to their rooms for the third spring in a row. In this ten-part series seven Dutch and three international staff members tell us how they are faring. Part four: Younes Saramifar, Assistant Professor Social and Cultural Anthropology Younes Saramifar.

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Science03 February 2022

New knowledge security service desk: for all your dilemmas

What are the dangers of collaborating with knowledge institutions in other countries? “This is something every academic discipline has to deal with”, Education Minister Robbert Dijkgraaf said earlier this week at the presentation of a new knowledge security service desk.

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Society03 February 2022

Students submit Nobel Peace Prize nomination

A group of VU students has carefully considered who they would like to nominate for the Nobel Peace Prize.

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Campus27 January 2022

VU Human Rights Center suspends activities

The controversial Cross Cultural Human Rights Center (CCHR) ceased all activities last Tuesday. “And that is a decision by the management of the center itself, which is welcomed by the Executive Board”, said a VU spokesperson.

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