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Housing13 October 2021

Homeless students receive new housing opportunities

Protesting students without a home were initially very disappointed with the response of VU Amsterdam, but a second protest has been called off for the time being.

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Students12 October 2021

Shortage of student accommodation surges

In a single year’s time the shortage of student accommodation has leapt by 4,500 places to a total of 26,500.

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Science12 October 2021

Controversial DNA testing? Address the ethical issues

Dutch and Chinese researchers have been working together in recent years to develop controversial DNA databanks.

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Internationalization30 September 2021

International students have difficulty getting COVID pass

International students from outside the EU get bogged down in red tape when they try to get hold of the COVID pass that is mandatory in the Netherlands.

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Housing23 September 2021

‘VU should take its responsibility for homeless students’

The SRVU student union will protest on campus because there are hundreds of students without a room, especially internationals.

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Campus16 September 2021

'Arabic' instructions in VU buildings miss the mark

Throughout the VU Amsterdam buildings, about a thousand stickers urge people in multiple languages to keep their distance.

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Science10 September 2021

Studies using the DNA of Uyghurs withdrawn

Two researchers at the Erasmus Medical Center have been unable to prove that DNA they used for scientific research was donated voluntarily by Uyghur subjects. Their publications have therefore been withdrawn by two scientific journals.

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Education09 September 2021

Protesters ask: where is the 1.1 billion needed for higher education?

In her address at the opening of the academic year, outgoing minister Ingrid van Engelshoven took extra time to reflect on the coronavirus crisis.

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Society20 August 2021

House of Representatives and minister clashing over diversity plans

In the view of the VVD, inter alia, outgoing Minister Van Engelshoven is imposing her will too strongly on universities with regard to making the academic world more diverse and more inclusive. The feelings aroused by this political hot potato do not appear to have calmed down.

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Education19 August 2021

House of Representatives wants ‘hybrid’ learning for vulnerable students

Students suffering from poor health must be allowed to pursue their studies online again next year, according to a majority of the House of Representatives. Outgoing Minister Van Engelshoven is tempering expectations.

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