As the only UT researcher (so far), Suzan Bayhan has signed a petition asking Dutch higher education to ‘boycott Israeli academic institutions’. The Assistant Professor at Design and Analysis of Communication Systems explains why she decided to publicly show support to Palestinian academics and students.
Nasty remarks shouted at you every day; sometimes even being chased and backed into a corner. Myrthe van der Houwen, a student of Psychology at the UT, was completely fed up with everything women had to deal with at the Noorderhagen in Enschede. In early June, she launched a petition against sexual harassment on the street. Seventeen thousand signatures and countless media appearances later, she looks back on the whole ordeal.
Elke keer die schunnige opmerkingen naar je hoofd; soms zelfs achtervolgd en klemgezet worden. UT-studente Psychologie Myrthe van der Houwen was he-le-maal klaar met wat vrouwen op de Noorderhagen te verduren kregen. Begin juni startte ze een petitie tegen seksuele intimidatie op straat. Zeventienduizend handtekeningen en talloze media-optredens later blikt ze terug.
Kirill Svavolia (20), UT student of Business Information Technology, has started a petition for ‘chat benches’ in Enschede and on the UT campus. ‘Loneliness can be a serious issue, especially for foreign students. Chat benches could solve this situation and invite people to talk to each other and make new friends. Even if it only helps one person, I think that is worth it.’