UCU in the Media

RTV Utrecht Features 20 Years of UCU

Regional television and radio broadcaster RTV Utrecht has featured 20 years of University College Utrecht on radio and television. The TV and Radio items feature UCU's dean James Kennedy, who discusses how setting up a Liberal Arts & Sciences college was a risky venture 20 years ago, as well as UCU student and UCSA chair Zoë de Jonge, who discusses why students are attracted to UCU's educational model. 

You can find the TV and Radio items on the RTV website (in Dutch):

UCU in Algemeen Dagblad (Dutch)

The Dutch newspaper 'Algemeen Dagblad' interviewed UCU students Leonard Roeters van Lennep and Michelle Zonneveld. Leonard and Michelle talk about their experiences as UCU students and discuss the Liberal Arts & Sciences educational model.

The full article can be found on the AD website (December 5, 2017 – premium).

UCU in the Hindustan Times

"Trumped by US education? Consider the Netherlands" PDF. Published by the Hindustan Times on February 8, 2017. University College Utrecht was prominently mentioned in an article about studying in the Netherlands after a webinar that dr. Avci participated in.

College to College-Tour in the media
College to College-Tour Article

The Provinciaalse Zeeuwse Courant wrote an article on the PréTour, also dubbed College to College-Tour on May 31. This tour will follow the route of the second etappe, but from end to start, namely from University College Roosevelt in Middelburg to the UCU campus.

Click here to read the full article (dutch).

James Kennedy in Volkskrant

"'It's a little benauwd in here'", Volkskrant, 3 February 2015. A portrait of James Kennedy. PDF available upon request.

UCU in Aruban Media
UCU in Aruba

Five UCU students are spending the first months of 2015 in Aruba to take part in the Field Research Aruba (FRA) pilot, a collaboration with the University of Aruba (UA).The program supports students from UCU and UA in conducting field research for bachelor theses in areas that are meaningful for the small island developing state Aruba. The UCU participants are doing projects on nature conservation (Rikkert Loosveld and Tobia de Sciscolo), renewable energy (Petra Zaal), cultural identity and the influence of tourism (Sil Scholte), and language maintenance and education (Florianne Sollie). After the field work period, these students will finish theses under the supervision of faculty advisors from UU/UCU. Co-ordinators of the pilot are Eric Mijts (UA) and Jocelyn Ballantyne (UCU); if successful, the program will continue in the future as part of PUUR. 

Aruban media (PDF) have now picked up on the endeavors of the five UCU students.


"Kennedy decaan in Utrecht". Reformatorisch Dagblad, January 12, 2015.

"Historicus Kennedy van Amsterdam naar Utrecht". NRC Handelsblad, 9 January 2015.

UCU student Bastiaan Kellerhuis entered in RTL4 program "Slimmeriqen", a program in which 16 people compete for the title "SlimmerIQ 2014". RTL website (video), 1 December 2014.

"Betere kansen voor honours-degree." Explaining how honours degree programs heighten chances of finding a job. PDF available upon request. Metro, 18 September 2014.

"University College, want 'gewoon studeren' is niet meer genoeg." About University College Utrecht and the concept of university colleges in general. RTL Nieuws (video), 1 September 2014.

"'Voor toelating kijken we naar sprankeling in iemands ogen.'" Explaining the growth and concept of Dutch university colleges. PDF available upon request. Algemeen Dagblad, 4 September 2014.

"Máxima bezoekt University College Roosevelt." Queen Máxima of the Netherlands visits UU university college University College Roosevelt. Omroep Zeeland, 4 September 2014.

"Op zoek naar begaafde twijfelaars." UCU Director of Studies Fried Keesen explains the Liberal Arts and Sciences principle and the history of UCU. PDF available upon request. Reformatorisch Dagblad, 30 August 2014.

"Als het misgaat zitten wij zó zelf in een huurflat." Article featuring UCU student Lise Karreman. PDF available upon request. Trouw, 27 August 2014.

"University Colleges zijn een hit" (PDF available upon request). Published online on August 25, 2014, by Univers Online.

"Opkomst 'Liberal Arts Colleges is pas het begin" (PDF available upon request). Published by Volkskrant, August 22, 2014. Article by Hans Adriaansens, founding Dean of University College Utrecht and University College Roosevelt.

"University College Enrolment Doubled Since 2009" (PDF available upon request). Published online via NL Times, August 20, 2014.

"University Colleges: uitblinken mag. Nee, moet!" (PDF available upon request): Article on the increasing popularity of Dutch University Colleges, featering UCU and UCU students.
Published in Elsevier on August 20, 2014.

"University Colleges steunen breder opgeleide advocaat."
Published in Het Financieele Dagblad, August 13, 2014.
PDF available upon request.

Irina Buga '08 on succesful women (PDF available on request):
'De top-vrouwen die ik ken zijn taai, niet bitchy'
Published in Volkskrant Magazine on May 10, 2014

Buitenlandse studenten in Utrecht (pdf available on request)
Published in Karavaan in Spring 2014

University College Utrecht, Holanda - Educação
News item about UCU on Portuguese television, SIC (Main Channel) and Sic Notícias (News Channel)
Broadcast in January, 2014 

Uitblinken mag. Nee moet! (pdf)
Published in Elsevier in January, 2014

Nee hoor, lang leve de zesjescultuur (jpg) by Jeroen van Baar '11
Published in NRC Handelsblad on January 6, 2014

Studying in Europe: Low fees, more choice (pdf)
Published on www.irishtimes.com on November 12, 2013 

UCU en de arbeidsmarkt: maakt onbekend, onbemind?
Published on DUB on September 13, 2013

Ik zou me doodvervelen op een normale uni
Published on NOS op 3 on September 2, 2013

Annemarie van Geel, class of 2003, in NOS op 3, September 2, 2013

Director of Education Freed Keesen in NOS journaal, September 2, 2013 (starts at 5:20)

Homo universalis in de polder (pdf)
Published in DecaZine in June, 2013

Ambitieuze studiebol gaat over de grens
Featuring Nicholas Mulder, class of 2012
Published in Het Financieele Dagblad on June 18, 2013

UCU students discuss Edward Snowden, PRISM and privacy (mp3)
Part 1 (01:56)
Part 2 (05:15)
Part 3 (05:30) 
Live on Radio 1 on June 10, 2013

Competitie op de campus - van zesjescultuur naar excellentiedrift (pdf)
Published in De Groene Amsterdammer on June 6, 2013

Van 'doorbraken' krijgen we ooit genoeg - op-ed by UCU teacher Bas Defize (pdf)
Published in De Volkskrant on March 12, 2013 

Admissions Interviews: dos and don'ts (pdf)
Published on topuniversities.com on March 6, 2013

Inside Higher Ed: Liberal Arts Go Dutch (pdf)
Published on Times Higher Education on February 11, 2013

When studying abroad is the smart option (pdf)
Published in Irish Times on January 22, 2013

Prangende vragen over University College (jpg)
Published on scholieren.com on January 12, 2013

Bij ons in University College (webpage)
5 part video series with portraits of UCU students
Published on RTV Utrecht on December 7, 2012

Fashion shoot by Marie Claire magazine on UCU campus (pdf)
Published in Marie Claire in November 2012

University College students are trained in 21st century skills (jpg)
Published on Observant on November 14, 2012

Sjoerd Sjoerdsma, UCU class of '02, takes seat in parliament (pdf)
Published in NRC Next on September 22, 2012

Studentenrestaurant: van het Midden-Oosten naar Paraguay in vier gangen (pdf)
Published on DUB on May 29, 2012

Students flock to Holland for the universities (streaming audio & mp3)
Radioreport on Deutsche Welle on May 1, 2012

Studie en leven in één (jpg)
Published in Algemeen Dagblad on April 21, 2012

Studenten met bijzondere opdracht naar Hong Kong (pdf)
Published on DUB on April 10, 2012

Studenten van ver weg (pdf)
Published in Algemeen Dagblad on March 28, 2012

Universiteit lokt Britten (pdf)
Published in AD/Groene Hart on March 26, 2012

Dutch universities recruit in UK with cheaper fees (pdf)
Published on BBC news on March 15, 2012

De liefde is wederzijds (pdf)
Published on ScienceGuide on March 15, 2012

Deutsche Studenten in Holland willkommen (pdf)
Published in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on February 18, 2012

Excelleren in kleine groepjes (pdf)
Published in De Volkskrant on January 21, 2012

Dutch pioneering in liberal arts (pdf)
Published on ScienceGuide on January 19, 2012

Germany should pay for the student influx (pdf)
Published on University World News and ScienceGuide on January 15, 2012

Maarten Broekhof '13 - Uitval en rendement in het hoger onderwijs (pdf)
Published on De Groene Amsterdammer Lab on December 20, 2011

Gemotiveerde eerstejaars die op hun plek zijn
Published on www.uu.nl on December 8, 2011

‘Plasterk-effect’ levert UCU-studente prijs op (pdf)
Published on DUB on November 29, 2011

Met 600 man ontbijten (pdf)
Published in Algemeen Dagblad on November 26, 2011

Elsevier onderzoek: University Colleges (pdf)
Published in Elsevier on September 28, 2011

Weg met de part-time academie (pdf)
Published in De Volkskrant on August 27, 2011

Wonen, eten, studeren en excelleren (jpg)
Published in De Volkskrant on July 2, 2011

Brede bachelorstudie past niet elke student (pdf)
Published in Trouw on June 18, 2011

Utrecht mag meer eisen van student én docent (pdf)
Published on DUB on June 6, 2011

UCU teacher Annemarie van Geel and students Timon Dubbeling and Diede de Kok talk about the Israeli-Palistinian conflict and the Middle East simulation in Globalism and Terrorism (UCINTHIS32).
Bureau Buitenland, Villa VPRO, on April 17, 2011

De filosofie van knopspelden en punaises (pdf)
Published in Cursor, TU/e, on March 31, 2011

Waarom hard studeren als je als zesjesklant toch ook studiefinanciering krijgt? (pdf)
Published in NRC Next on March 28, 2011

Topstudent mist nog enthousiaste werkgever (pdf)
Published in Het Financieele Dagblad on March 21, 2011

Fried Keesen - Met selectie aan de poort ben je er nog lang niet (jpg)
Published in NRC Next on February 28, 2011

Langstudeerders (jpg)
Published in NRC Next on February 28, 2011

Selectie aan de poort: hoger studierendement (jpg)
Published in NRC on February 23, 2011

Alleen voor studenten die bereid zijn hun best te doen (jpg)
Published in NRC on February 23, 2011

Rosanne Hertzberger - Proeftuin (jpg)
Published in NRC Next on February 9, 2011

Het ideaal van gelijke kansen is wel bereikt (pdf)
Published in De Volkskrant on February 9, 2011

Liberal Arts & Sciences - Voor studenten die alles willen (pdf)
Published in Bij de Les in December 2010

Kwaliteit: over weten en meten (pdf)
Published on Qazine on September 22, 2010

De universiteit lijkt steeds meer op een kleuterschool (pdf)
Published in De Pers on August 26, 2010

Alumnibeleid kan niet zonder ICT (pdf)
Published in SURF Magazine on September 1, 2009