Inherent to the University College concept is the engagement with the community around yourself. UC students are much more active in student and study associations, pursue many more extracurricular activities than average students and feel an incredible sense of community with their fellow students. Sjoerd Sjoerdsma, member of Dutch Parliament, and a University College alumnus, described the UC experience as follows:
“That’s exactly what University Colleges should be: it’s not just a place where you pursue academics, it should be a place through which you become deeply connected with the world around you.”
The UCSRN, through its members and the formal educational programme, should aim to instil and guard this core value in all UC communities across the Netherlands, to facilitate local and cross city initiatives that aim to promote the connectivity between student and community and it should promote diversity in the UC programme and the UC communities.