AUC Student Council

The Student Council is the representative body of the students at AUC. The Student Council consists of five members elected by the students annually in May. The Student Council is responsible for nominating representatives to take the four student seats in the AUC Board of Studies. The four teaching staff members together with the four student members nominated by the Student Council form the AUC Board of Studies.   

The Student Council 2019-2020 consists of:

  • Bart Knibbe (Co-Chair)
  • Bluma Brecher (Co-Chair)
  • Valérie Heinz (Student Affairs Officer)
  • Jaël Kortekaas (Internal Communications Officer)
  • Annemijn Ooms (External Relations Officer)



Bart Knibbe (Co-Chair)

Bart is a third-year AUC student majoring in the Humanities and pursuing a minor in the Political Science track. He was the External Communications Officer of the 2018-2019 AUC Student Council and is now the Co-Chair of the 2019-2020 AUC Student Council, along with Bluma Brecher. He will resume his efforts to bolster the participatory leadership paradigm at AUC in a continued attempt to give the student body with the ability to influence the (socio-)academic course that AUC sails.


Bluma Brecher (Co-Chair)

Bluma is a second-year Social Sciences student in the Pre-Law track, focusing on human rights and constitutional law. Within the 2019-2020 Student Council, she will be taking on the role of Co-Chair alongside Bart Knibbe. As Co-Chair, Bluma is planning to focus on creating a safer and more viable learning environment at AUC, initiate a broader conversation concerning academic excellence and is hoping to de-stigmatise discussions surrounding mental health and student well-being. Given her great passion for social justice and diversity, Bluma’s main aim for the upcoming year is to make AUC more inclusive and accessible for all its students.

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Valérie Heinz (Student Affairs Officer)

Valérie is a third-year Social Sciences student, with a focus on international relations and conflict studies. In this year’s Student Council, she will serve as Student Affairs Officer, with a special focus on student well-being at AUC. Together with a team of dedicated students, she will be responsible for organising events such as the annual Voices of AUC event and discussion groups, all with the aim of improving the student experience at AUC. 


Jaël Kortekaas (Internal Communications Officer)

Jaël is a third-year Sciences major focusing on the Information and Cognition tracks. As Internal Communications Officer, Jaël will mainly be responsible for providing the AUC student community with all relevant information pertaining to Student Council matters. Next to this, she will also be the main contact person for students that approach the Student Council with ideas, remarks or complaints. Her primary goal for this year’s Student Council is to increase student engagement by improving the council’s visibility and by being more open and communicative with the student community. 

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Annemijn Ooms (External Relations Officer)

Annemijn is a third-year Social Sciences student focussing on the Pre-Law and Economics tracks. As External Relations Officer of this year’s AUC Student Council, she will promote and expand the Student Council’s network and manage communications with external parties, which include the UvA and VU Student Councils and Green Offices, the UCSRN and the Tenants Association. She will also work on the Master’s Database and other topics related to graduate life. Throughout her term, Annemijn will be dedicated to supporting the development and involvement of the Student Council in all aspects of student life within and outside of AUC.

Published by  Amsterdam University College

21 August 2019