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Why Green?

(Nederlandstalige versie hieronder) With electoral fever running high, the various positions in the UvA referendum are becoming more outspoken, and thus clearer. In the comments under a much-discussed Folia article, Han van der Maas mentioned that he had not read any good arguments on why to vote green. In fact, there is a website dedicated […]

29 November 2016 – 20:59 | Comments (0)

Take back control

In view of some of the recent events you might want to download and print this flyer. Luckily the new Canon printers at UvA allow for color printing. take-back-control  

26 November 2016 – 13:28 | Comments (0)

History repeating itself [updated]

[three important updates below] At the UvA, history repeats itself as a series of farces. In the immediate aftermath of the Maagdenhuis occupation, in April 2015, nine UvA colleagues started a counter-petition to support the CvB against an earlier petition asking for the latter’s resignation. In contrast to the original petition, the counter petition was […]

26 November 2016 – 10:09 | Comments (1)

The Time is Now!

The UvA Committee on Democratization and Decentralization has presented their report and their plans for a referendum in November. I would like to invite you all to stop for a short moment and breath in, and out. And then, I would like you to realize what this news means. Right here and right now we […]

31 October 2016 – 15:35 | Comments (0)

“So long and thanks for all the vision”

This is my farewell message to the Maagdenhuismovement. From the end of August I will be fully employed as a teacher in secondary education. That won’t leave me time for other things like international professional organizations and higher education politics. So to everyone involved in the movement, thanks for all you have done. It may not be so visible […]

7 September 2016 – 13:36 | Comments (0)

‘Herbenoeming Nicolaï is de arrogantie van de macht’

(opiniestuk gepubliceerd in Parool Herbenoeming Nicolaï is de arrogantie van de macht) Nederlandse universiteiten staan, zoals alle publieke instellingen, onder democratische controle. Althans in theorie. De bevoegde minister benoemt een raad van toezicht en die benoemt vervolgens een college van bestuur. De leden van deze raden en besturen zijn echter met opvallende regelmaat afkomstig uit ­hetzelfde […]

9 May 2016 – 21:47 | Comments (1)

#waitingforatzo

A video message for Atzo

11 April 2016 – 11:16 | Comments (1)

Joint statement on intended firing of Rudolf Valkhoff

(Dutch version below) ReThink UvA, Humanities Rally and DNU are dismayed at the University of Amsterdam’s intention of firing Rudolf Valkhoff. More than many students and teachers in the UvA/HvA community, Rudolf has stood at the forefront of a struggle for much-needed reforms. It is in an  obvious way part of his personal dedication and […]

5 February 2016 – 09:16 | Comments (4)

Meeting The Mystery Candidates verplaatst naar latere datum

Door nieuwe ontwikkelingen deze week heeft ReThink UvA beslist om haar debat met genomineerde kandidaatleden voor het nieuwe CvB naar een nog nader te bepalen datum te verplaatsen. Maandag publiceerde de Volkskrant een oproep aan de kandidaat-leden van het CvB om zichzelf kenbaar te maken tijdens een publieke bijeenkomst. De oproep genereerde veel mediabelangstelling, met o.a. artikels in […]

8 January 2016 – 13:14 | Comments (2)

Flexcuseer?

Met enige verbijstering hebben de actiegroepen vandaag kennis genomen van het “flexstudeer”-plan dat door het opmerkelijke gezelschap Stefan Wirken (voorzitter van de Landelijke Studentenvakbond), Dymph van den Boom (interim-collegevoorzitter van UvA en HvA), Pieter Duisenberg (VVD-Kamerlid en fervent tegenstander van de Maagdenhuisbezetting) en Mohamed Mohandis (PvdA-Kamerlid) is aangedragen. Het voorstel zou tegemoetkomen aan de voortdurende […]

17 December 2015 – 12:46 | Comments (0)

CvB-Wijzer

[Dutch follows English] The recruitment of two new members of the CvB has started. ReThink asks that the candidates that step forward to lead the UvA/HvA clarify their positions about the key issues that are currently under debate. In the spirit of transparency, accountability, and responsible leadership, ReThink has designed a handy visualization tool, so […]

5 October 2015 – 10:31 | Comments (2)

Reacties op conceptkaderbrief 2016

Humanities Rally, De Nieuwe Universiteit, ReThink UvA en University of Colour hebben gereageerd op de conceptkaderbrief 2016

27 July 2015 – 09:54 | Comments (0)

Open Brief aan UvA CvB inzake declaratiegedrag

Aan het College van Bestuur van de Universiteit van Amsterdam Amsterdam, 18 juni 2015   Geacht College, De recente berichtgeving in de media over het declaratiegedrag van leden van uw College, alsmede soortgelijk gedrag in andere delen van het hoger onderwijs, hebben bij medewerkers en studenten van ondergetekende groeperingen tot grote verontwaardiging geleid. Kennelijk zijn […]

18 June 2015 – 09:52 | Comments (0)

Open debate at Tilburg University

On June 11, a debate about ‘the future of the university’ was held at Tilburg University, organized by Academic Forum on behalf of the university’s executive board. This debate was eventually organized after a number of critical academics of the university launched a petition a year earlier, criticizing the executive board for a lack of […]

18 June 2015 – 09:32 | Comments (0)

Update: Letter to Bussemaker regarding Supervisory Board (RvT)

Amsterdam, 12 juni 2015 Geachte mevrouw de minister, Met deze brief willen wij onze bezorgdheid uiten over de modus operandi van de Raad van Toezicht in het huidige hervorminsgsproces aan de UvA. Op 25 mei 2015 schreven ReThink UvA, De Nieuwe Universiteit en Humanities Rally een brief aan de Raad van Toezicht waarin we onze […]

12 June 2015 – 19:52 | Comments (0)

Position papers on Teaching and Research

ReThink UvA proposes an urgent and fundamental transformation of the current organization of teaching and research. The following two position papers identify major problems and suggest solutions. They are meant as a starting point to reflect on the current state of affairs regarding the academic profession and its future. We want to invite all individual […]

8 June 2015 – 21:09 | Comments (1)

Statement regarding today’s Maagdenhuis action in support of UvA Flex-workers

Today, DNU blocked the entrance to the Maagdenhuis to support the rights of UvA flex-workers and oppose their impending redundancy. The action came as a surprise to ReThink UvA. Nonetheless, today’s action highlights the tension between longterm ongoing institutional processes within the university, and urgent problems that require immediate response. ReThink UvA supports UvA flex-workers’ struggle […]

5 June 2015 – 18:27 | Comments (0)

Letter to Supervisory Board on appointment new CvB members

ReThink UvA, De Nieuwe Universiteit, and Humanities Rally sent a joint letter to the Supervisory Board on the issue of the appointment of a new rector for the UvA and a new chairperson for the Executive Board. The letter was sent on Tuesday, May 26st. The Supervisory Board has not yet responded. [Scroll down for English] Geachte […]

28 May 2015 – 13:30 | Comments (0)

Proposal for Finance Committee presented

The preparatory working group for the Finance Committee has presented its proposal for the Finance Committee this afternoon with the purpose of consulting the academic community. The proposal consists of a mandate and a composition, including names of candidates, and is the result of weeks of deliberation and constructive discussion among representatives of all parties involved […]

26 May 2015 – 17:33 | Comments (2)

Update on preparations committees

Following the earlier announced course of action, the parties involved in the preparations for the Finance Committee met with financial experts for consultations, last Tuesday, 13 May. The meeting was productive and generated useful ideas on how to further define the contours of the committee. The parties will meet again on Wednesday, 20 May, to […]

20 May 2015 – 01:40 | Comments (0)

Preparations for Finance Committee continue

Representatives of COR, CSR, De Nieuwe Universiteit, Humanities Rally, ReThink UvA, ASVA, and the unions had a third meeting on Wednesday, 29 April, to continue preparations for the establishment of the Finance Committee. The parties have reached consensus on the draft mandate and exchanged thoughts on the composition of the committee. They agreed on the […]

5 May 2015 – 11:05 | Comments (0)

Preparatory meetings on establishment of two committees

Following the joint declaration  on the establishment of two independent committees at the University of Amsterdam, the involved parties—COR, CSR, De Nieuwe Universiteit, Humanities Rally, ReThink UvA, and the unions—have initiated a series of meetings with the aim of preparing the establishment of these committees. After an introductory meeting on Wednesday 8 April, it was […]

24 April 2015 – 11:26 | Comments (0)

Persbericht: “Dit is het begin van een nieuwe UvA”

Actiegroepen: “Dit is het begin van een nieuwe UvA” Actiegroepen blij met aftreden Gunning Morgen persconferentie actiegroepen over toekomst Amsterdam, 19 april 2015 – De actiegroepen aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam (ReThink UvA, De Nieuwe Universiteit en Humanities Rally) zijn blij met het aftreden van Louise Gunning. Door deze stap te zetten maakt Gunning de […]

19 April 2015 – 21:04 | Comments (0)

Reactie op besluit medezeggenschapsorganen UvA

[please scroll down for English] ReThink UvA heeft vandaag kennis genomen van het besluit van de Gezamenlijke Vergadering van de Centrale Studentenraad (CSR) en de Centrale Ondernemingsraad (COR), waarin deze organen de Raad van Toezicht adviseren dat het College van Bestuur in zijn huidige samenstelling onvoldoende vertrouwen geniet. De medezeggenschap heeft hiermee een doorslaggevende keuze in […]

17 April 2015 – 18:58 | Comments (0)

Open letter condemning Maagdenhuis eviction

In an open letter published this morning in NRC Next, UvA professors Ewald Engelen and Olav Velthuis criticize the Executive Board of the University of Amsterdam for insisting on the forceful eviction of the Maagdenhuis even after the students had stated that they would voluntarily leave the building at the conclusion of the Science Festival. […]

13 April 2015 – 09:12 | Comments (2)

Protest March by Academic Community on Monday 13 April

[scroll down for English] Protestmars naar aanleiding van ontruiming Maagdenhuis: De Nieuwe Universiteit, ReThink UvA, Humanities Rally en University of Colour organiseren een Academische Mars op maandag 13 april om 15 uur, REC complex, Roeterseiland, voor CREA. Afgelopen weekend werd het vreedzame Festival of Science and Humanities onverwacht door een overweldigende politiemacht verstoord nadat het […]

12 April 2015 – 22:47 | Comments (1)

Solidarity with students being held in police detention

ReThink UvA expresses its solidarity with the members of De Nieuwe Universiteit who have been held by the police since Saturday 12 April, and who were moved today (14 April) to immigration detention. We condemn the police for the unnecessary arrest of peaceful demonstrators, and the CvB for initiating the unnecessary eviction that led to the […]

12 April 2015 – 21:36 | Comments (1)

Persbericht: ReThink UvA veroordeelt circulatie pro-CvB petitie via officiële kanalen

Sinds vanmorgen circuleert onder medewerkers van de Universiteit van Amsterdam een petitie ter ondertekening om steun te betuigen aan het College van Bestuur. De petitie is opgesteld naar aanleiding van de open brief die Ewald Engelen en Olav Velthuis in NRC en NRC Next hebben gepubliceerd en die tot op heden meer dan 450 handtekeningen […]

12 April 2015 – 11:19 | Comments (2)

Maagdenhuis eviction: joint press statement

Despite De Nieuwe Universiteit’s public and often repeated statement that they would peacefully leave the Maagdenhuis at the conclusion of the Science Festival on Sunday evening, the College van Bestuur of the University of Amsterdam decided to sign an eviction order on Friday afternoon, rendering presence in the Maagdenhuis illegal. Despite the mayor’s suggestion for […]

11 April 2015 – 15:04 | Comments (8)

Maagdenhuis festival

Staff from ReThink will be present and participating at the Festival of Sciences and Humanities, and, insofar as would be necessary, contributing to the safety at the Maagdenhuis. Students of The New University have invited the whole academic community to come to this event. They have scheduled an ambitious program filled with various seminars and workshops. We […]

10 April 2015 – 23:55 | Comments (0)