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Education27 January 2022

Government relaxes coronavirus measures, nearly everything reopens

The brakes are off: the government is relaxing a raft of coronavirus measures. As from tomorrow, virtually everything can remain open until 10 PM. In higher education, students and staff do not need to self-isolate as frequently.

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Campus20 January 2022

VU Amsterdam will refund Chinese subsidies

VU Amsterdam will refund this year's Chinese subsidy to the Cross Cultural Human Rights Center (CCHRC) in reaction to an article by Dutch broadcaster NOS. 'Even the appearance of a violation of our academic independence is unacceptable', the university says in a notification.

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Campus19 January 2022

'Covid pass at campus of little use'

With new research showing that Covid passes do little to nothing to curb transmission, the introduction of such a pass in higher education currently seems unlikely.

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Education13 January 2022

OMT: ‘Wear face mask at bigger lectures’

When students and lecturers come to campus again, they ought to wear face masks when attending classes in larger groups. That is the advice of the Outbreak Management Team.

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Society21 December 2021

Strict lockdown for higher education, again

Again, universities and universities of applied sciences had to close their doors. The cabinet announced a lockdown last Saturday evening. This will last until after the Christmas holidays and maybe even longer.

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Education17 December 2021

Students exposed to cybercriminals during online exams

For many months, malicious hackers were able to gain access to students’ computers and use their webcam via software program Proctorio. It is not clear whether this actually occurred.

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Campus16 December 2021

Face masks divide participation

The Works Council would like to make face masks compulsory in the lecture halls on the VU campus, but the University Student Council thinks otherwise, according to the executive board.

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Science16 December 2021

Many scholars at risk this past year

From murder and violence to stalking and intimidation: last year, the human rights organisation Scholars at Risk logged 332 attacks on academic freedom in 65 countries, including the Netherlands.

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Campus07 December 2021

Student Clothing Exchange launches on campus

There is a new place in town for students to get affordable and sustainable clothes. On Monday 6 December the SRVU Student Union launched a monthly ‘Student Clothing Exchange’ in the Studentendok.

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Campus02 December 2021

VU students petition for their exams to be taken online

Almost two and a half thousand Dutch and international students at the VU signed a petition asking to be allowed to take the exams at home. ‘I do not feel safe taking an exam in a room with more than 200 students.’

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