When I walked onto the VU campus a couple of weeks ago, I was confronted by a stark image – deserted buildings, empty classrooms, not a student in sight. How different it was three months ago: a vibrant buzz, animated discussions in classrooms with the lecturers, groups of young people studying together, interacting with each other and with the staff, learning together.
My colleagues and I in the Executive Board find it extremely important that we get input and feedback from the broader VU community about issues that impact the multiple dimensions of student and alees meer
I have repeatedly stated that the only way that we are going to effectively address the complex real-world problems that we face is to collaborate, and to integrate diverse perspectives, expertise,lees meer
There’s been a lot of discussion lately about how the idea that academics are expected to excel in all aspects of their academic endeavours - teaching, research, knowledge transfer (kennisvalorisatlees meer
During my New Year’s address to the VU community last year, I referred to the words of the late Sumantra Ghoshal, and expressed my ambition to work together to change ‘the smell of the place’.lees meer
To all the new students and colleagues starting at the VU this academic year: One year ago, I was in your shoes. I can remember being a touch apprehensive, but mostly excited about starting on a fantastic new adventure.