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Confucius Institute Speech

Chairman, During the previous council meeting, I cited a selective period from the French Revolution to make a point. Mr. de Vries then rightly corrected me, pointing out that you have to look at history as a whole and cannot selectively shop around in it. Mr. De Vries was right, of course. And what he …

The Independent Student launches positivity campaign

The Independent Student launches a campaign that focuses on what is possible within the current measures concerning the coronavirus. The party launches the #hetkanwel (it is possible) campaign to emphasize what is possible. The party does this in response to the many negative reports that followed the relaxation of measures from student circles. In doing …

Groningen students resist the Chinese state

Ka Yan is a human rights activist from Hong Kong who spends a lot of time exploring and dissecting the relationship between the Netherlands and the Chinese state. In this video she explains how the Confucius Institutes work and what dangers they bring.We would really appreciate it if you like and share her video!

The questioning of the cooperation between the RUG and the Confucius Institute continues

At The Independent Student, we have been making the case for ending the collaboration between the RUG and academically unfree institutions for some time. Read more of the article below where David Jan Meijer, among others, questions the collaboration between the RUG and the Confucius Institute.

Solicitation party lists are now open

Dear Reader,  Are you ambitious, decisive and do you have the drive to voice your opinion and that of your fellow students? If the answer to that question is yes, then we would like to see you on one of our party lists for the upcoming university elections.  This year we are participating with the …

Students: ‘UG should stop its cooperation with the Groningen Confucius Institute’

Read the argumentation of our Chairperson David Jan Meijer below: The University of Groningen should stop the cooperation with the Groningen Confucius Institute, as it threatens the freedom of students and staff of the UG. Students of various (Asian) backgrounds call for this measure, supported by University Council Party The Independent Student (DVS). The position …

Exams in times of corona

By: Pieter Polhuis What are teachers allowed to ask from you during exams? Teachers are subject to the Teaching and Examination Regulations (OER). In the OER, the specific rights and obligations of students are stated per course at the University of Groningen. Based upon this OER, an Exam Regulation has been created. This is a …

Censoring the Arts Faculty Facebook page

In May the student candidates for the faculty council of Arts asked the faculty board to use their Facebook for a post. This would be a post for each running party that could be very useful because of the transformation from our regular campaign to a digital campaign. The board agreed with the proposal, but …

The university should be accessible to everyone!

The Independent Student calls for the Board of the University to have more attention on the accessibility of the University. The student party receives complaints of students stating that university buildings are not sufficiently accessible to students with a disability. They have also received complaints of internationals students not being given the same career opportunities …

Transparency on the passport professor

The Independent Student calls for the Board of the University of Groningen to be more transparent in the case of professor Kochenov, who is suspected to be involved in the trade of EU-passports. Minister of Education Ingrid van Engelshoven (D66) promised the Dutch Parliament the report of the investigation would be published in the first …