At the Randstad Employer Brand Awards, UAntwerp was named the second best employer in the social profit sector. ‘This is a great recognition for our university’, says the Human Resources Department, ‘and we would particularly like to thank our 6,000+ employees. They are truly our main ambassadors.’
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.
From workshops to a visit to a synagogue, to bike rides and paintball: the employee association is working harder than ever to offer a wide range of activities for both young and slightly older. Want to organise an activity yourself or join the committee? Now’s the time!
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.
Professor Patrice Perreault of the Faculty of Science and his wife Marisol supported the Spanish Amaya when she swapped Puerto Rico for a job at UAntwerp. ‘As expats, we are well aware of how important it is to have help in the beginning’, says Patrice.
The first English-language bachelor programme at our university has started: the ‘Social-Economic Sciences’ (SES) study programme, a broad programme with an international focus, attracted some forty Flemish and international students. Programme coordinator Koen Decancq, teaching assistant Kim Boudiny and student Tijmen Brouwer tell how the very first semester went.
materials at UAntwerp. With room for 37 potential laboratories and an emergency power supply capable of powering a small village, it is quite the technical feat. ‘You don’t have a blueprint ready for such a construction project’, says Mathias Capiau of the Infrastructure Department. Together with BlueApp manager Quinten Van Avondt, he guides you through the building process.
Would you like to live more sustainably, but do you need that extra push? Then Green Impact is just the thing for you! For a whole year, you join a team commit to actions of your choice, from cycling to campus to eating vegan for a week. Check out the amazing results of the first edition of Green Impact.
After a career of more than forty years at UAntwerp, including 18 years as head of the Finance Department, Martin Decancq is passing on the torch to Werner Jacobs. ‘As Chief Financial Officer, you will never be loved, but you can be respected’, says Werner.
On 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, our Middelheim Campus will be coloured orange. By doing so, our university shows its solidarity for the worldwide campaign against physical and sexual aggression towards women that starts on that day. For this occasion, we give the floor to three scientists who are fighting against sexual assault with their research.
The upcoming edition of the Fusion Show will for the first time be presented by three of our own researchers, who followed an intensive coaching programme. ‘The past few months have been quite an adventure. But once you’re on that stage, the stress melts away’, said one enthusiastic researcher turned presenter.
On Thursday 21 October, Campus Drie Eiken won the award for Biodiverse Business Park 2021. The award is a welcome acknowledgement of the years of sustained efforts to make the campus grow and flourish.