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‘Discussion about internationals at the university is unequal, unfair, and unethical’

The political debate about fewer foreign students and more Dutch-speaking education, argues RUG professor Lucy Avraamidou, stems from only one thing: xenophobia.

From words to transformative action

Lucy Avraamidou is a new columnist for UKrant. Once a month, she writes about things at the university that amaze her. This is her first contribution.

Farewell, in hope

I am terrible with goodbyes and I owe it to my Southern Mediterranean background. Our goodbyes, while standing by the door, often extend longer...

All I can hear is the sound of clocks being turned back a century

I will call her Anne because I did not catch her name. It was long and had way too many consonants for a Greek...

The illusion of neutrality

A physicist once assured me he had trained his research team to be purely objective and neutral when conducting their research. Convinced he was joking, I smiled and asked how.

The UG has a role to play in disrupting hate, but we abstain 

Since October 7, more than 3,257 children have been reported killed, including at least 3,195 in Gaza, 33 in the West Bank, and 29...

Silence is not neutral

This is not a good time to discuss geopolitics This is not a good time to discuss geopolitics.  This is not a good time to discuss geopolitics!

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‘Are there any doctors on the aircraft?’ Well, I knew of at least three doctors on board traveling together to attend a conference. It...

Summer vacation is a luxury for the few in academia

I decided to take a - let’s say - long vacation this year. I attempted to stay away from email for four weeks. I...

Big tech will not save us

'Universities should work more closely with industries, which are the key players in society, and listen more to their customers.' How depressing is this...

Learning to embrace rejection and to fail even better

On a chilly, sunny morning, I wake up to the doorbell and a beautiful bouquet from the faculty board. There is nothing I love...

Lowering the bar: an oversimplified plan for a complex issue

I really do not get it. Why would the Minister of Education propose the most simplistic possible plan of the reduction of required first-year...

Sleepwalking in times of climate injustice

Making it on time for my class is a lost battle. I’ve been trying to return to the Netherlands for two days now, through...

How do I tell you about rest without telling you about academic workaholism?

I have finally made my way to the beach. I’m mesmerised by the reflection of the sunlight on the water, and have no idea...

Why do we need feminist research? I’ll tell you

You know those weather apps assuring you that it’s dry, while you’re outside running and getting soaking wet? Right now, the university’s long-awaited statement...

Do as the Japanese do and embrace imperfection

There’s nothing more exciting than the arrival of spring, or at least, the illusion of the arrival of spring. The dark days of winter...

The influx of ‘internationals’

Imagine being a student from abroad who chooses to study in the Netherlands because you’re promised ‘an international experience’. Having to do an internship...

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