On 27 September 2019, Amsterdam University College held a celebratory Dies Natalis ceremony at the KIT Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam to celebrate its second Lustrum and 10 years since AUC first opened its doors to students. The event featured speeches, lectures, videos and interactive elements for guests to enjoy, including reflections from both Prof. Dr. Geert ten Dam (President of the Executive Board, University of Amsterdam) and Prof. Dr. Vinod Subramaniam (Rector Magnificus, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), as well as a keynote address by Prof. Dr. Teun Dekker (first Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences Education in Europe, University College Maastricht). The academic year 2019-2020 was also declared a celebratory Lustrum year.
Established in 2009, Amsterdam University College is a joint excellence initiative of the University of Amsterdam and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offering a Bachelor’s degree programme in the Liberal Arts and Sciences. Founded with the assistance and support from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, and the City of Amsterdam, AUC now counts over 1500 alumni, 900 enrolled students and more than 70 lecturers and staff members as part of its ever-growing community. Over the past 10 years, AUC has continued to take innovative steps in order to proudly live up to its motto of “Excellence and diversity in a global city”.
In 2016, under the guidance of Prof. Dr. Murray Pratt, the AUC community produced the strategic vision and living document titled AUC 21: Our community’s vision for excellence, diversity and global citizenship. The document encapsulated the multitude of viewpoints, ideas and hopes based on the input of the entire AUC community about how to best prioritise ambitions and aims for the five-year period between 2017 and 2021. With the final stages of implementing this strategic vision approaching, the 2019-2020 academic year is a significant moment for AUC to reflect on how the institute has evolved, celebrate the progress that has been made and to deliberate on how to continue to uphold values of excellence, diversity and the importance of an internationally anchored worldview in times of rapid change in both higher education and society.
In honour of this milestone, AUC hosted a series of special Lustrum-related events surrounding the 10-year anniversary. These events brought various groups of the wider AUC community together to reflect on and celebrate the achievements of students, staff and alumni. In addition to the Dies Natalis, Amsterdam University College hosted a reunion dinner for alumni, where they able to reconnect with their old classmates and a student party for current students. Both of these events were held on 1 October 2019, the Tuesday immediately following the Dies Natalis.
Amsterdam University College held its official Grand Opening on 22 September 2009 at the KIT Royal Tropical Institute. To celebrate the 10-year anniversary of that day specially, the AUC professional staff team distributed treats to all students, staff and visitors to the academic building in the week starting on 22 September 2019.
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