Every afternoon, around two thousand hungry staff members and students find their way to komida. ‘Strictly speaking, we are a mass-catering operation, but we make every effort not to be one’, notes the komida coordinator An Op de Beeck. Early one Monday morning, we donned an apron and hair cap and got to peek into the pots for half a day at komida Middelheim.

Soon you’ll only be able to log in to your UAntwerp account with multi-factor authentication (MFA). That means you’ll need to perform an extra step after entering your username and password. ‘This extra layer of security is absolutely needed. To avoid last-minute surprises, we recommend already activating the system right now,’ says the ICT Department.

The Department of Research & Innovation (ADOC) has a new name: say hello to Research Innovation & Valorisation Antwerp, or RIVA for short. This rebranding includes an updated mission statement and a fresh set of ambitions. ‘In a period of growth, you have to make sure you grow in the right way’, says its head of department, Tim Engels.

When New Zealander Professor Regan Watts from the Faculty of Design Sciences moved to Antwerp five years ago, the support of his colleague Professor Koenraad Keignaert and his wife Katrien proved invaluable. ‘As a newcomer, you have a million questions and you want good answers to them’, Regan says while thinking back.