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International PhD candidate speaks up about exclusion and discrimination

'They talk of an inclusive and international university, but that is not the reality I have experienced'

After a recent traumatic event, Rupsa Basu, PhD candidate at the University of Twente, decided to speak up about exclusion and discrimination that she has experienced on campus and beyond. Here is her story, in her own words. ‘I know other international PhDs have similar experiences but they are afraid to speak up.’

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PhD Stories: Nienke van Dongen

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‘With everything I do, I want to improve someone’s life’

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