New Board Elected

We are glad to present to you the new UCSRN board of 2020-2021. Julien Vandermosten as ChairKayna Duport-Govindin as SecretaryRenzo Besseling as TreasurerTiffanie Septier as External Affairs OfficerEshwari Ramsali as Chair of the Academic CommitteeAlexandra Deffner as Chair of the Social Committee For more information please see the Executive Board page.

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Coalition Y – What is it and Why is it Important for the UCSRN?

By Mitchell van Dijk In the last couple of years, the signs of depression and anxiety among students in the Netherlands has risen significantly. According to a study at the Windesheim university of applied sciences, that focused on the well-being of their students, almost 70% of the 3000 participating students were experiencing performance pressure. Additionally, 25% of the students indicated…

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The 7 Democratic Virtues of Liberal Education

On January 31st, 2019, Professor Dr. Teun J. Dekker was officially appointed Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) Education in Maastricht. He based his inaugural speech on the book “On the 7 Disciplines” by the roman scholar Martianus Cappela. Key principles of the LAS education have always been the connection between loving to learn and doing good for the…

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UCSRN Visit to Klankbordgroep Tweede Kamer: the Quality of Higher Education

Last month, on November 26th, the UCSRN Executive Board was invited to a discussion about the quality of higher education in the Netherlands, adding the Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) perspective. Present were several student representatives and Judith Tielen, a member of parliament for the VVD. During this dialogue, we highlighted the importance of  addressing issues of quality assurance, quality…

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An Authentic View on University Colleges – Alumnus Interview

Authentic View - Interviewed by Victoria Mai Lance Bosch, AUC alumni 22 year old Lance Bosch, a beloved AUCSA president and valued UCSRN advisory board member, gives an authentic view on his college experience and transition to studying Neuroscience and Cognition at Utrecht Universiteit. Have a read to get an insight into his life post a Liberal Arts & Sciences…

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Reflection on the Liberal Arts and Sciences Alumni Survey

What can we learn from Liberal Arts and Sciences alumni? By Victoria Mai A recent study on Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) alumni, conducted by the University College Deans Network in cooperation with ROA, revealed interesting trends. In this text, I will summarise the most important findings of this study and will ideally help students appreciate the LAS education more…

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Debate with Parliament – Internationalisation in Education

Position Paper shared with Parliament   Wednesday May 16th 2018 the UCSRN will take part in a roundtable discussion concerning internationalisation with the OCW (Education, Culture, and Science) representatives. Below you can find the position paper that was send in regarding this debate.   English coverpage (summary) Dutch coverpage + full text

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