'Remembrance and commemoration are important and necessary. The simple fact that new stories from the Second World War are emerging to this day, some 80 years and two generations later, clearly shows the profound impact of war. (...) There are many commemorations in Europe. The European Union was established to keep peace in Europe, but unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to be enough.' Rector Han van Krieken reflects on Remembrance Day.
"We all work at Radboud University in different compositions and in different ways and locations. Hybrid working can only be successful if we make agreements about this together in an open dialogue: let us all make it our new normal!"
Many parents tell their children, when they’re angry, to count to ten before responding. It’s true that people these days are responding a lot, and very fast, whether on email, social media, or classical media. It’s no coincidence that these communication channels hardly require any eye contact, and the fact that you don’t have to see your interlocutor is precisely the reason why we feel no need to moderate our response. Would counting to ten work in such cases?
"At Radboud University, we support everyone who is committed to preventing further escalation and further violence. We also want to provide assistance where we can to all students and staff members associated with our university who are affected in any way by these terrible events."
"For some time now, universities in the Netherlands have been discussing how to recognise and reward their staff. Do we adequately reward commitment and qualities related to education, impact, collaboration, supervision and support tasks? Given that we do so many things at the university, why do recognition and promotion seem to mainly come down to research performance?"
In the past few weeks it has become clear to me that the following words are in any case characteristic of our university: openness, professionalism, pride in the university, loyalty to Radboud University as an employer, greatness, freedom in scientific research and education, diversity, and participation. I might have missed a few, but either way, this a nice result for the first month.
At the end of a year, how often do we think that the new year will bring positive changes with it? That we will do things differently, better even. And how often does that positive energy quickly subside in the first few days of the new year
Are there any bright spots to be found in these last days before the feast of light? For a while, it didn’t seem like there were. But then, suddenly, there was the coalition agreement. Yes, much of what it says has yet to be made concrete and we have yet to see it. But it does contain important starting points for the universities in the Netherlands and our students and employees.
Rector Han van Krieken urges us all to comply with the basic measures. If we all do this together, we can make a real difference. Help us by following the rules, even if some seem arbitrary or illogical at times. Together we can help relieve the pressure on our healthcare system.
It’s amazing how much I learn from my mistakes. And it’s just as amazing how difficult I find it to share these learning moments with others. We don’t enjoy talking to our colleagues about the times we messed up, while we’re all too glad to share our successes. Think of the CVs we send each other or share via LinkedIn: all lists of our successes. But why not make a list of things that didn’t work out, and share how we dealt with these failures and what we learnt in the process? Doesn’t that say much more about who we are?