Students and Dutch universities seem to be losing interest in university democracy. Almost all institutions in the country saw a drop in election attendance and only about 3 in 10 students cast a vote this year, the Volkskrant reports based on figures received from all universities.
The University of Amsterdam has banned the reading of a poem about the protest occupation of the Maagdenhuis at the opening of the academic year on Monday.According to the university, the poem and the two songs which were to follow it - Mijn Stad and We Better Learn by band Nachtschade - are not suitable for the opening, which started at 3:00 p.m. at the Lutheran church.
Chinese-Dutch real estate company CTF completed the purchase of the former Paleis van Justitie, literally the "Justice Palace" in the center of Amsterdam for 61.3 Million Euros. It was the second attempt by the firm to pick up the historic building on the famed Prinsengracht canal.
The occupation of the Maagdenhuis and Bungehuis cost the University of Amsterdam more than 700 thousand euros, NOS reports.
Rector magnificus Dymph van den Boom has been appointed the interim chairman of the University of Amsterdam's Executive Board, NRC reports. She is temporarily succeeding Louise Gunning, who resigned on Sunday.
Just over three years after taking her leadership role at the University of Amsterdam, Louise Gunning resigned from the university’s Executive Board on Sunday. She took charge on April 1, 2012, and was a key target for university protesters who occupied the Humanities faculty building, Bungehuis, and the administration building, Maagdenhuis, over a two-month stretch.
A wide range of reactions poured out after University of Amsterdam Executive Board chairman Louise Gunning announced she would resign her position. “[Gunning’s] departure was inevitable. Good first step in restoring peace at the UvA,” the ASVA student union said on Twitter.
Police in Amsterdam on Saturday began the eviction of a group of protesters who have held a sit-in demonstration at the University of Amsterdam’s Maagdenhuis building for over a month. A judge ordered the protesters to leave by midnight on Friday, but the students, lecturers and researchers camped out at the site refused.
The students occupying the Maagdenhuis will leave the building at 21:00 on Sunday night, the University of Amsterdam announced. The actions against the university administration will continue, however, the occupiers said in a press conference Wednesday morning. This occupation protest at the University of Amsterdam has been going on for nearly two months.
The last of several squatted buildings in Amsterdam Centrum was cleared by police Wednesday evening following an hours-long standoff between the officers on the ground and the squatters. By early afternoon, at least eight people were arrested, with 11 more suspects processed by nightfall.
At least two students protesting the University of Amsterdam were arrested Friday evening after the Lieverdje statue in the Spui was set on fire. Demonstrating students and supportive lectures were gathered to commemorate their month-long occupation of university buildings.
The protests at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) has been going on for exactly a month today. Here follows a brief summary of what has happened so far.
The Executive Board of the University of Amsterdam has asked the protesting lecturers for more time to come up with a comprehensive answer on their demands. They said this in a letter, Het Parool reports.
A group of University of Amsterdam (UvA) lecturers have threatened that there will be more protests, such as more UvA buildings being occupied, if Executive board of the university does not meet their demands by 16:00 tomorrow. NU reports.
According to Minister Jet Bussemaker (Education) the students occupying the Maagdenhuis have "a point". She is advising the University Directors, who will have a discussion with students across the country today, to "listen very carefully", Trouw reports.
The students currently occupying the University of Amsterdam's Maagdenhuis, have called for a national protest day on Wednesday, NRC reports.
About 300 students occupied the Maagdenhuis, the University of Amsterdam's (UvA) administrative center, last night. The students are demanding the resignation of the University's administration, NU reports.
The 46 people arrested on Tuesday for occupying the University of Amsterdam's Bungehuis building have been conditionally released with a probationary period by the Amsterdam Public Prosecutor (OM).
University of Amsterdam's (UvA) humanities building, the Bungehuis, is scheduled for development into an exclusive, membership-only Soho House club, real estate developer Aedes announced.
Police evicted the occupiers of the Bungehuis on Tuesday morning and early afternoon, reporting a total of 46 arrests. The removal of De Nieuwe Unviersiteit (The New University) protesters from the University of Amsterdam (UvA) building began peacefully, but proved more difficult when students outside the building blocked police trucks from entering the property.
The police are currently removing De Nieuwe Universiteit protesters from the University of Amsterdam, AD reports.
The last talks between The Executive Board of the University of Amsterdam (UvA), the occupiers of the Bungehuis and Mayor Eberhard van der Laan has once again produced no results.
As the student-led occupation of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) humanities department building, the Bungehuis, wrapped up its eleventh day, the occupiers announced their rejection of proposals submitted to them by the university's Executive Board, it was revealed Monday evening. The points of compromise were submitted to De Nieuwe Universiteit (The New University) occupiers at noon on Monday, following an agreement to do so at a four-hour meeting between the two parties at Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan's residence on Sunday.
The activists who had been occupying a building of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) for days, had a discussion with Mayor Eberhard van der Laan and representatives of the University's executive board at the Mayor's residence last night, the Volkskrant reports.