Head of the UvA Executive Board Louise Gunning addresses the occupants of the Maagdenhuis (Photo: Hanna Daych / NL Times) Head of the UvA Executive Board Louise Gunning addresses the occupants of the Maagdenhuis (Photo: Hanna Daych / NL Times)
Amsterdam university's entire supervisory board resigns
All seven members of the University of Amsterdam's Supervisory Board resigned, the university announced in a statement on Friday. This is to "make space for new members". According to the University, a "difficult working relationship developed between the participation councils and the Supervisory Board". Talks between the parties broke down "because there is no willingness for further discussion and constructive dialogue". In the interest of continuity, the board members will continue their work for the time being. Last year was a difficult year for the University of Amsterdam with student protests leading to much unrest. The protests led to the resignation of Executive Board chairman Louise Gunning and vice chairman Hans Amman, after which Geert ten Dam was appointed. Lecturers and students were unhappy with the appointment procedure and numerous protests for more participation and transparency followed. Students also repeatedly demanded that the board resigns. It is unclear how and when the new supervisory board will be appointed.