AUC kicks off year by welcoming Class of 2020
From 28 August – 1 September 2017, the AUC Introduction Week for the Class of 2020 took place at Amsterdam Science Park and around the city. Welcoming more than 360 new full-programme and exchange students, the 2017 Introduction Week was AUC’s largest to date.
Diversity in the Class of 2020
Members of the Class of 2020 have been arriving in Amsterdam and moving into the student residences since the beginning of August to begin their three year programme in Amsterdam. Consisting of more than 50 nationalities, the group of full-programme and exchange students come from diverse countries spread across six continents. This past week marked the first time the entire group were able to officially meet each other.
Learning the ropes at AUC
The students participated in a week-long orientation programme divided into daily themes. The first day focused on introducing students to various aspects of AUC, including a welcome by Dean Prof. Dr. Murray Pratt, meeting their tutors and receiving their course schedules. The second day was all about academics and included presentations and interactive workshops on the curriculum and expectations of an AUC student.
AUCSA and community outreach
On Wednesday, the AUC Student Association (AUCSA) took the lead on Introduction Week by presenting activities related to community building, including a Committee Fair, tours of Amsterdam Science Park and a festive evening programme.
On Thursday, the emphasis shifted to getting first-year students acquainted with their new home: Amsterdam. Beginning the day at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam with a word of welcome by Prof. Dr. Jacqueline Broerse (Vice Dean, VU Faculty of Science) and a presentation on the history of Amsterdam by Prof. Dr. Kees Zandvliet (UvA, Amsterdam Museum), the students subsequently travelled to the city centre under the guidance of student mentors to complete a series of tasks in a challenge called "Crazy 44." As is tradition, the last full day of Introduction Week was closed with a talent show hosted by the AUCSA committee 'OnStage' at Café Oerknal in Science Park. On Friday, the student groups departed for a weekend trip near Utrecht to relax and destress before starting classes.
Central to the week was ensuring the smooth transition of students into both academic and social life at AUC. We we wish all AUC students a great start to their academic year!