Tuesday 5 October 2021
Months of room searching leads to nothing but rejection
Now that classes have started again after a year and a half, the floodgates have opened for the multitude of students looking for rooms. ‘I try to stay positive, but I’m very close to a mental breakdown.’
Wednesday 14 July 2021
Sidelined and exhausted: how internationals are striving for legitimacy in the university council
For international students’ accessibility to the University Council remains a battle. The Democratic Student Party (DSP) has encountered language and representation issues ever since joining the Council and now wishes to see things change, reports Adriana Cerdeira. “We’re not guests here, we’re here to stay.”
Wednesday 7 July 2021
One university, two cities, one divide: why internationals never feel linked to Leiden
The “two cities” strategy of Leiden University implies restricting The Hague students’ opportunities. There is a big sense of disconnect, reports Adriana Cerdeira.
Thursday 24 June 2021
September scenario: the university will be completely open (although…)
The university wants to open up completely in September, but it also has to take into account uncertain frameworks for the re-opening. The long-awaited press conference of Friday the 18th did not bring more clarity and may well have increased uncertainty.
Thursday 24 June 2021
Fraud, disappearing evaluations and a toxic environment: how the best statistics group in the Netherlands fell apart
An investigation into allegations of fraudulent evaluation forms grew into a divisive issue at the Mathematical Institute of Leiden University. Administrative failure, discord and a toxic atmosphere led to several resignations. ‘This was by far the best group of theoretical statisticians in the Netherlands. It is a disaster that all these people have left.’
Wednesday 16 June 2021
Meanwhile in Colombia, my brothers and sisters are being murdered (and the world is watching)
After decades under dictatorship, living in poverty and an economic crisis amplified by the pandemic, Colombians could not take it anymore and took to the streets to protest, writes Leiden scholar Angie Alarcon. She is torn by the brutal violence her friends and family have to endure. ‘How can this be a reality for anyone?’
Monday 7 June 2021
BAD LUCK GE-NE-RA-TION wants COM-PEN-SA-TION for rising study debts
In the run-up to the government formation negotiations, hundreds of students from all over the country gathered at the Malieveld in The Hague this afternoon to protest against the student loan system. “I hope they realise that this is serious.”
Thursday 27 May 2021
There is an arrogance and an ignorance behind the call to boycott Israeli universities
The call of Leiden scholars to boycott Israeli universities leaves Jonathan A. Silk puzzled. A dangerous and misguided combination of ignorance fueling arrogance has led his colleagues in the wrong direction, he writes.
Wednesday 14 April 2021
How the lockdown pushes international students deeper into isolation. ‘I know one Dutch person: my teacher’
Dutch students might face psychological difficulties caused by the lockdown, but internationals are having an even harder time. The covid pandemic has made existing problems more visible. ‘I came here to discover the country and its people, but I haven’t met anyone.’
Tuesday 23 February 2021
Temporary labour at university is getting out of hand (but what can you do about it?)
University teachers rarely get a permanent contract. They are resisting, and do not rule out a strike. But who to strike against? 'The university board are also with their backs against the wall'.
Wednesday 17 February 2021
Never mind warm sweaters: university should break ties with destructive companies
If our university wants to be a place of science and ethics that enables scholars and students to seriously address the biggest problem of our time and future, then it needs to publicly take institutional responsibility, writes a group of Leiden scolars.
Thursday 26 November 2020
In Rwanda, this general learned that not all people are people
Cleveringa professor Roméo Dallaire (74) had to stand by as the people of Rwanda were slaughtered. ‘My mind broke’. Since then he has fought against the use of child soldiers.