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On-the-spot protest for more in-person education

Students protested for more in-person education in Amsterdam, standing neatly spaced out…

Whether it concerns student financing, the selection process, tuition fees, the housing shortage or the elections, the Dutch National Student Association and Dutch Student Union always have their opinions ready and present themselves as the voice of students. ISO has its roots in participation in decision-making at universities and universities of applied sciences, and LSVb is a trade union. ISO tends towards consultation, whereas the LSVb aims for more rapid action. But usually they join forces.

ISO has selected a university of applied sciences student as Chair. On Friday it was announced that this will be 22-year-old Lisanne de Roos. Selecting a university of applied sciences student as ISO Chair is unusual. De Roos did her bachelor’s degree in Public Administration/Public Management at Avans University of Applied Sciences and is currently following a pre-master at Leiden University for the Public Administration master’s degree.


She is not the only university of applied sciences student in the new Board. Treasurer Jochem Tollenaar is also following the mathematics teaching study programme at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. The other Board members are all university students: Bjorn Blom (Groningen), Gijsbert van Elven (Utrecht) and Thomas van der Meer (Twente).

23-year-old Ama Boahene will be the new Chair of the Dutch Student Union. She was the initiator of the campaign group #ikwilnaarschool, which advocated for more campus-based education during the coronavirus crisis. She is a Law master’s student at Utrecht University and is following a pre-education programme at HKU Utrecht.

The LSVb Vice Chair is Joshua de Roos, also active in #ikwilnaarschool. He is studying at the University of Humanistic Studies and prior to this studied at the University of Amsterdam. The other incoming LSVb Board Members are Ivy Dirksen (Fontys and Radboud), Nol van Gerven (TU Delft and Leiden University) and Naomi Rajiv (Fontys and Erasmus University).


Rajiv is currently following the master’s programme Governance and Management in the Public Sector at EUR and took a pre-master for this in academic year 2018-2019. She did her bachelor’s degree in Technical Business Administration at Fontys University of Applied Sciences in Tilburg, where she was also a member of the student participation council. She is co-founder of the Unicef student team in Eindhoven.


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