Boundless mind

At Amsterdam Science Park, we believe knowledge has no borders. That’s why you’ll find cutting-edge institutes, top-class facilities and business incubators in one convenient location. You’ll meet motivated students, innovative researchers, talented scientists and adventurous entrepreneurs – all in an environment where it’s easy to work together. Cross-disciplinary initiatives and holistic thinking flourish. Ground-breaking research projects become successful spin-offs. That’s the strength of Amsterdam Science Park: connecting boundless minds.

Anouk ter Linde

Anouk ter Linde studies at Amsterdam University College and is Secretary and Treasurer of the AUC Student Council.

“I’m in my third year at Amsterdam University College, which means I’ll be graduating this summer. I chose AUC for its challenging multidisciplinary courses, and because I wanted to study in an international, English-speaking environment. The focus of my degree is on biomedical sciences, with additional chemistry, biology, maths and art history. After graduating, I’m planning to take a gap year to travel, before going further with my studies - either in medicine or biomedical sciences. I hope to become a doctor or a researcher in the future, or maybe even a combination of the two.

“This year, I’m also the Secretary and Treasurer of the AUC Student Council. It’s like having a very enjoyable part-time job – I work 15 to 20 hours a week for the council, on top of my studies. I wanted to be more actively involved in the community around me, so I decided to run for election and here I am. Because AUC’s study programme is rather unique, we need our own student council. Unlike most others, we don’t just focus on the academic aspects of student life, but also on wellbeing and life on campus. This is because AUC students are required to live on campus for the duration of their degrees. In my role, I act as a link between the AUC tenants association and the student council."

“Being based at Amsterdam Science Park gives students great opportunities”

“There are five council members in total, and we run lots of on-going projects. I’m particularly proud of the Right2Education initiative, which is our student response to the refugee crisis. In January this year, we decided to welcome 33 guest students, all refugees aged 18 to 28, to AUC Dutch classes for international students. This was such a success that we repeated it in February and again in June. The guest students, who are mainly refugees from Syria, enjoy the classes and the opportunity to learn the language and make friends, and for AUC it’s a great way of opening up our academic bubble to the wider world. The idea now is to take Right2Education to the next level, and in the 2016-2017 academic year we have arranged two scholarships for refugee students at AUC. I’m thrilled that the students, faculty and management of AUC have all come together to make this happen."

 “I do think AUC could improve by being even more in contact with the outside world. We already have some outreach projects, for example Jeugdlab at Jeugdland, where students do experiments, cooking, and reading with children from the local community. Then there’s the Right2Education project, which provides Dutch classes to refugees, and the ‘Outreach team’ at AUC, which visits schools, specifically in the Bijlmer Area to familiarise students there with AUC and help them reach the entry requirements for our programme. I would like to see us go even further in this direction. Also, I think students would like to be more connected with the city, perhaps field trips could be a way of doing this. Being based at Amsterdam Science Park gives students great opportunities. There are lots of institutes, and so lots of potential research and internship possibilities to pursue. You can take University of Amsterdam courses, or get an internship at AMOLF or Nikhef, for example, or perhaps even at one of the start-ups here. The great thing is that AUC gives you great flexibility in organising these sorts of things – you are really designing your own course."

“Living on campus is convenient and very affordable by Amsterdam standards”

“Is there anything missing at Amsterdam Science Park? Personally, I can’t really think of anything. During the three years I’ve lived here I’ve seen a lot of improvements. We’ve gained a supermarket and the café Maslow, joining the other café Polder and the Universum sports centre. Since the trees and flowers were planted the park looks a lot better, and I’m quite a fan of the colourful Connectables, the picnic benches and tables that arrived here recently."

“Amsterdam University College students are well prepared for life after study”

“I’ve enjoyed my time at AUC. It’s a challenging environment, and the students here are motivated and ambitious. Living on campus is convenient and very affordable by Amsterdam standards. The courses are all taught in English, so we have students from all over the world – from Asia and the USA, as well as Europe. It makes for an interesting mix of people, which is an education in itself. Classes are small, and there is a strong focus on academic skills such as critical thinking and presentation, which are transferable. All in all, I think AUC students are well prepared for life after study.”