10 January 2020 • Karim Al Trahouny
Happy New Year: A New Year’s reception with wishes, a poem and a song
What New Year’s wishes do students and lecturers have for this new year? During the New Year’s reception on 6 January, several of them shared their resolutions for 2020 under a sparkling disco ball. They used various approaches: from singing a song a cappella to sharing a self-penned poem.
Sharing, continuation and objective.
Leonard Geluk, President of the Executive Board, opened the reception by sharing his wish for The Hague University of Applied Sciences. He used S-C-O. The S stands for sharing: sharing knowledge. The C stands for continuation. THUAS has undergone many good developments this past year and it is important that we build on the progress achieved. The final letter, O – THUAS keeps working toward their objective. Which is: educating students to become real global citizens. Once they have left the school, they will have not only attained their diploma but, above all, they will have grown as people.
Matilde Groen, Facilities & IT project leader, emphasised that for her, this year is all about tackling things together and facing challenges together. One of the ways she does this is through the Lifelong Development project. Increasing numbers of colleagues are joining up, from service departments as well as degree programmes. ‘Colleagues are providing their input and that inspires me. Collaborating on more projects and developments so that we can learn from one another, that is my wish for 2020.’
Borrowing, swapping and hiring
Kim Poldner, Circular Business professor, has a socially aware resolution: because the fashion industry is not known for its environmentally friendly character, she has decided that she will not be buying any new clothes this year but will borrow, swap and hire clothes. These are new Circular Business models for a new, sustainable era.
Get to know each other
Youssra Ezzahi is an HBO-ICT student. Prior to starting her degree programme, she was enthusiastic about her prospects: new start, new world, new people. In her first year she noticed that the class was withdrawn, she missed the connection. In her second year, she still hardly knew anyone from her class. It was only during a project when the whole class made a Lego city that there was real room for interaction and tentative first connections were made. Since then they have set up a WhatsApp group chat and regularly do fun things together. Her wish for 2020? To take a step back, look around, look at who you don’t know and introduce yourself.
Dare and do
Jordi Jansen, blockchain specialist and Finance & Control lecturer also emphasised the theme of connectedness. ‘Everything is increasingly forming a whole because we do things in a communal environment. Dare and do: dare to build. Not only us here in luxurious The Hague should have access to education but there should also be that access in the slums of Brazil.’
Poetry and song
Finally, Anne Pennock, Educational Theory student and poet, expressed her wish for 2020 in a self-penned poem and vocal talent Marissa Nyamekye, Cultural and Social Development student, filled the atrium a cappella with the sweet sounds of the song ‘If I Ain’t Got You’ (Alicia Keys). With a final raising of the glass we start the new year filled with hope. A new year with new opportunities, for us and THUAS Happy 2020!