Established in July of 2012, the Amsterdam University College Alumni Association (AUCAA) is made up of the graduates of Amsterdam University College. Through a series of networking events (both social and career-oriented), reunions and other activities, along with the use of social media, the AUC Alumni Association connects AUC graduates with each other and with the college, strengthening the AUC community both at home and abroad.
Berend is part of the class of 2018 and will start a Master’s programme in Artificial Intelligence at the UvA in September 2019. At AUC, he studied Mathematics and Computer Science. Next to his studies, he joined AUCafé in 2016 and served as CAO and Vice-Treasurer in the 2017 – 2018 AUCSA Board. In 2018 – 2019, Berend worked as a Graduate Assistant at AUC. As GA, he was responsible for Master’s and Career preparation at AUC, while also working on the communciations with prospective students. His goal is having an active alumni network connecting the different generations of graduates.
Esther Baar graduated from AUC in the summer of 2016. As a science major, her studies focused on biomedicine and neuroscience. Next to this, she was an active member of the student community: she helped found AUCafé, was vice-president and secretary of the AUCSA Board, and was chair of Junket and the Dormfest team. After AUC, she worked at De ASVA Studentenunie for a year, representing the rights and interests of all students in Amsterdam and setting up various campaigns aimed at mobilizing students for educational reform. She now works part-time as a manager at Skatecafé, and part-time as an assistant at AUC.
Boris Koehoorn is currently a Humanities student in his second year, who is also very interested in law. Boris lived his whole life in The Netherlands, but during his gap year realized that the amazing connections you make when you work closely with people, is also something that is reflected in the AUC community. In 2019 – 2020, Boris is an AUCSA Committee Affairs Officer, and in that capacity will represent the current AUC students in the AUCAA Board, with the goal of so strengthening the connection between current and past AUC students.
Gerylaine Campos is the AUC’s new Alumni and External Relations Officer. Originally from Aruba, Gerylaine has also lived in the US, London, and South Africa before finally settling in the Netherlands. Gerylaine received her BA in Political Science from Earlham College and her MSc in International Development Studies from the University of Amsterdam. She has a passion for working in higher education institutions, and enjoys connecting communities through groups like UvA Pride. As an alumna of the United World College, Gerylaine looks forward to working in an institution that champions diversity, excellence and sustainability.
Amsterdam University College
Amsterdam University College (AUC) was established in 2009 as a joint excellence initiative of the Univeristy of Amsterdamand VU University Amsterdam. AUC’s motto is Excellence and Diversity in a Global City. It offers an international liberal arts and sciences programme that crosses the boundaries of languages, cultures and academic disciplines. As a selective and residential honours college, it attracts students from all over the world. They engage on a daily basis in intensive and small-scale seminars with high calibre international staff.
Amsterdam University College Student Association
The Amsterdam University College Student Association (AUCSA), founded in 2010, is the umbrella organization that covers all the social activities at AUC. It provides funding to activities and supports committees where necessary. AUCSA is made by the AUC students for the AUC students. AUCSA’s role is the role of a facilitator and coordinator of student endeavors. Together with all its members and committees, the AUCSA board strives for the development of extra-curricular student activities at AUC. The AUC student association and the AUC Alumni Association will jointly work on developing a strong link between the AUC students and alumni.
AUC Scholarship Fund
With the support of several corporate sponsors, the AUC Scholarship Fund (ASF) has as aim is to further diversity and excellence in AUC’s student body. Applications for an AUC Scholarship are open to all students (Dutch and international). The AUC Scholarship Fund enables students, selected on both their merit and economic need, to pursue a Bachelor’s degree at Amsterdam University College.The AUC Scholarship Fund is limited and highly selective, and only candidates who have excellent school results and a strong motivation as reflected in their application and recommendation forms are eligible. The AUC Alumni Association aims to set up activities to support the AUC Scholarship Fund.