The Capstone Deadlines Controversy: Students Jeopardized, No Sanctions for Teachers

By Laura Galante — On Thursday, June 29th, the Capstone Distinction seminar was held in AUC’s common room. Every year, a few students present their end-of-year theses, which are judged by the Capstone Committee based on certain parameters, such as intellectual contribution, originality, research effort, and broader impact. In the 2017 edition of the Capstone seminar, the students who received distinction or highest distinction included 15 … Continue reading The Capstone Deadlines Controversy: Students Jeopardized, No Sanctions for Teachers

Student Council Testing New Course Evaluation and Class Representatives

Over the past weeks the AUC Student Council (AUCSC) has been piloting a new course evaluation procedure that would enable students to more actively shape how their courses are being taught. The idea is that each course elects two representatives from their ranks who throughout the semester collect and convey feedback directly to their course teachers or their respective heads of studies. This way, the student council hopes to give the students a more significant voice regarding the contents and requirements of their studies. Continue reading Student Council Testing New Course Evaluation and Class Representatives

No more laptops in lectures?

Buying shoes on Zalando, or chatting with friends on Facebook during class might soon be history, as the UVA is testing a new set of house rules regarding the use of laptops during lectures. “It is hard to do your job the way you would like to do it, because electronic devices disturb the learning process”, said André Nusselder, a professor teaching the posthuman course at AUC and information studies at the UVA. Continue reading No more laptops in lectures?

The Global Identity Experience: Crucial to the AUC Curriculum?

By Christine van der Horst — “The GIE [Global Identity Experience] course was the final hit that made me leave,” said Tim Weydert, a former Social Science major at Amsterdam University College. Weydert joined AUC in September 2014, motivated by its challenging and demanding standards. However, being an introverted student, Weydert found it difficult to enjoy his time here. It was in January 2015 after taking … Continue reading The Global Identity Experience: Crucial to the AUC Curriculum?

Does Academia Care About Your Emotions?

By Matilda Médard — From the 7th until the 11th of November, Amsterdam University College was host to a series of events aimed at starting discussion around mental health, held under the banner ‘Mental Health Awareness Week’, and organized by the Peer Support team in co-operation with the Student Life Officer Vinika Porwal. In parallel, a debate on trigger warnings is growing in a polarizing … Continue reading Does Academia Care About Your Emotions?

Excellent, but Maybe Not So Diverse: AUC’s Male/Female Ratio

By Christine van der Horst — AUC is a female dominated environment. With the male/female ratio growing slightly more disproportionate every year, the institution has reached a point at which close to two-thirds of its students are female. The Herring discussed the matter with staff and students to shed light upon the situation by identifying possible explanations for the sex gap, as well as discussing the consequences … Continue reading Excellent, but Maybe Not So Diverse: AUC’s Male/Female Ratio

No Reading Week for the Sciences

By Vivianne Hericks — The time has finally come to take a breather from the first half of the semester with the arrival of the so-called reading week, or at least for some of AUC’s students. This means a week without lectures – giving students the opportunity to work on material that has been specifically assigned for this week, catch up on readings, or simply … Continue reading No Reading Week for the Sciences

Dr. Mariëtte Willemsen Appointed as New Head of Studies Humanities

By Cille Kaiser — Amsterdam University College has announced Dr. Mariëtte Willemsen as the new Head of Studies (HoS) for the Humanities department. She was offered the position after going through an open application process. Dr. Willemsen officially took up the position on October 1st, 2016, succeeding Dr. Rebecca Lindner, who left AUC at the end of the last academic year for the University of … Continue reading Dr. Mariëtte Willemsen Appointed as New Head of Studies Humanities

Logic & AUC: A Troubled Relationship?

By Clara Kelvin-Grey — Zero. The number of other university colleges (UCs) in the Netherlands with a compulsory pure Logic course. Although AUC is unique in this, other Dutch UCs have different approaches with the similar goal of encouraging the problem solving and critical thinking skills deemed necessary to become a good academic. Leiden University College’s Liberal Arts and Sciences: Global Challenges program focuses on mathematical … Continue reading Logic & AUC: A Troubled Relationship?