Student David Oosterom has decided to quit studies at the University of Twente, because he believes that the UT doesn’t do enough to mitigate their climate impact and provide sustainable education. In this opinion piece, he explains his reasons for leaving and calls on the Executive Board to take action.
Hiska Bakker wrote a column for Campus Magazine about artwork The Head, which was given a prominent place at the entrance to the university grounds in spring. 'Is it a buried body with its head sticking out above the ground? You know, in the same way that you bury each other in the sand when playing on the beach?'
Hiska Bakker schreef voor Campus Magazine een column over kunstwerk The Head, dat in het voorjaar een prominente plek kreeg bij de entree van het universiteitsterrein. 'Is het een ingegraven lichaam waarvan het hoofd uitsteekt boven de grond? Zoals je elkaar kunt bedelven onder het zand als je op het strand speelt?'
University College Twente (UCT), also known as ATLAS, received a highly critical evaluation recently. Its students and alumni, however, remain supportive of their programme and they share their point of view in this opinion article. ‘In this environment we feel safe to voice our own struggles in the programme, which enables us to truly collaborate on educational and organisational challenges. In the end, this makes us proud to be part of ATLAS.’
Now that almost all corona measures are out of the window, Arend Rensink (vice-dean of education of the EEMCS faculty) wrote an opinion piece, questioning to which extent the UT should keep embracing hybrid education. 'Which is greater: the harm we do by insisting that all students return to campus, or the harm we do by keeping the hybrid option alive?'
Last Wednesday a new column was published on the website of U-Today. Normally I enjoy reading these columns, but this time I was not amused with what I read. Of course, some columns are meant to cause some friction, but this whole column felt like a backstab to all current and former board members, which includes me. A backstab to people that voluntarily work or worked a year hard to make our university a better place.
I am writing this text as a reaction to an article recently published on U-Today. The title stated; ‘PhDs don’t feel connected to the university’. The piece only quotes one side of the story; the side of P-NUT’s study. With this text, I would like to share my impressions on this piece and share my side of the story — as my experience as a UT PhD is very different from the one portrayed in the previous piece.
We, a group of Chinese PhDs studying at the UT, are very disappointed that Wessel van der Sande holds such a negative view of the collaboration between UT and Chinese universities. His attitude towards Chinese researchers and institutions is very discouraging to us. Therefore, we would like to respond and express our thoughts on this matter.
PhD candidate Roberto Cruz Martínez wrote this article in response to the opinion piece of Wessel van der Sande about the UT’s collaboration with China. ‘Opportunism can probably explain a lot of things about the current model and state of science. The priority seems to be fame and revenue.’
In this opinion piece, PhD candidate Wessel van der Sande openly questions the UT's cooperation with parties in China. 'Honesty and integrity are apparently less important when fame and money is to be earned.'
With lots of publicity, the Dutch knowledge sector (universities and funding institutions) has welcomed a new era in the appreciation of academics. When reading the news articles, interesting developments can be noted, but major questions and issues remain untouched.
An opinion article by PhD candidate Roberto Cruz Martínez. With all the reports of international students facing a multitude of problems, he offers some tips and tricks, based on his own experiences.
The language discussion is taking its second round in ‘Let’s get more ridiculous’. Last Thursday, the court case against the UT and MU took place. ‘The house is burning but the fireman are not taking action.’ Really? What a circus, with BON in the leading role.
In this series, our student writers ask other UT students about their opinion on a variety of controversial topics. Be it on a worldwide scale or a bit smaller, these students share their food for thought. This time: The left-wing political bubble of academia.
In this series, our student writers ask other UT students about their opinion on a variety of controversial topics. Be it on a worldwide scale or a bit smaller, these students share their food for thought. This time: the Dutch law known as ‘de sleepwet’ that would allow the law enforcement to potentially track everyone’s online behaviour.