Thursday 14 November 2019
Drinking beer boosted apartheid
Today, Namibian beer is the most powerful symbol of an independent nation, but up to fifty years ago, it was one of apartheid’s most powerful instruments.
Thursday 14 November 2019
Why we don’t want freedom of choice
Nolen Gertz believes that Friedrich Nietzsche’s ideas can be applied to today’s technology. “Tinder is the enjoyment of cruelty.”
Thursday 7 November 2019
Leiden is not the student-friendly place it claims to be
Leiden wants to be a vibrant university town, but the city and the university could be doing so much better. International students are even worse off, argues Jeevan Panesar. “We feel like walking Euro-signs with funny-sounding accents.”
Thursday 17 October 2019
Hong Kong: the last Bastion of Freedom in China?
The ongoing escalation in Hong Kong and cultural genocide against the Uyghurs mean that Leiden University should stop its support of China's academic apparatus, argues Tobias Kingma
Thursday 26 September 2019
The 3rd of October? What is going on here?
You may have heard that the 3rd of October is a special holiday in Leiden. Everything is closed, including the university, and the city celebrates ‘Leidens Ontzet’. Here are some things you need to know.
Thursday 19 September 2019
Don’t fall for it! (We let ourselves be tricked like so many victims of the room shortage)
Many international students have been conned by fake landlords who offer places to let on Facebook. “I’ve lost half my savings.”
Thursday 5 September 2019
Angry academics: “Minister, resign!”
Monday’s opening of the academic year was marked by two events: as well as the official ceremony in the Pieterskerk, there was a protest demonstration on the square of Het Gerecht.
Thursday 5 September 2019
Forced to live in a ho(s)tel
Some international students are staying in hotels since they couldn't find a room in time. 'When I go home, I will probably tell other people not to study in Leiden.'
Tuesday 2 July 2019
Postdoc life… the dream is over, now reality sets in
Being a postdoc is exhausting, not because the research or teaching is more challenging than as a PhD, but because the uncertainty is so much greater, writes dr. Sasha Goldstein-Sabbah.
Thursday 13 June 2019
Internationals feel exploited
Rooms that are poorly cleaned, or not cleaned at all, broken furniture or, even worse, a spider infestation: international students are angry about their housing and fear that they are paying unfair amounts of rent. “Surely they must be making a profit?”
Thursday 6 June 2019
The university is still not really inclusive
A lack of protocols for staff with an impairment, buildings without wheelchair access and fire hazards for deaf people: “Staff with impairments are neglected.”
Thursday 23 May 2019
More money for natural sciences
The Van Rijn Commission’s recommendations for the Minister of Education include making university funding less dependent on student numbers and making more money available for technical and natural sciences programmes. Leiden University calls it “a potential disaster”.