On 13 October 2018, University College Utrecht welcomed 50 alumni who graduated in 2003, 2008 and 2013, back on campus for a Homecoming. A special day full of shared memories and catching up with former classmates.
After last year’s primer, this was our second homecoming. It showed clearly that University College Utrecht is a place where students feel they belong, even years later. They form a close community, as they study and live on campus. Also, their contact with tutors and lecturers is intensive; all students have a personal tutor who guides them through their study.
“A good contact with our alumni is vital to University College Utrecht,” says alumni officer Judith Hoogmoed. “They are our true ambassadors, nationally and internationally.”
Life on campus
Over the years, the once pioneering University College Utrecht has gained a more and more international profile. Whereas it started in 1998 with 90 mainly Dutch students, presently about half of the current 750 students come from abroad, some even from as far as India or China. The homely community atmosphere that soon became an important characteristic of the first university college in the Netherlands, however, is still the same. Contacts are close, staff and students know each other by name, and both academic and social life on campus are vibrant.
“I made good friends who I still keep in touch with today,” says Mascha Alexandrova, who graduated ten years ago. “I definitely enjoyed my interdisciplinary education at University College Utrecht, with psychology, anthropology, writing and literature courses. University College is a place which encourages open-mindedness and flexibility, both in your study and the way you approach your life on campus and the world beyond as a young university student.”
“For me it was the social aspect that made University College Utrecht so distinctive,” recalls Jelle van Dijk. “It was so special to have your friends living within a couple of minutes’ walk from your room. I fondly remember open mic nights as well: It was great fun to get up on stage and perform, or see your friends perform.”