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AUV Alumni Award 2021

Reward for talent

The AUV Alumni Award is an annual incentive prize from the Amsterdam University Association for UvA alumni who make a special contribution to society through an appealing project. The winner is a source of inspiration for others and is considered a promise for the future. The AUV Alumni Award will be presented during the AUV Day, this year on Saturday 6 November 2021.


The AUV Alumni Award includes cash prizes, which the winner must invest in his/her project. Candidates can nominate themselves or be nominated by someone else. From the nominations, the jury selects a maximum of ten nominees who have a chance of winning the jury award and an award granted by the audience. The jury has nominated two projects this year. 

Taal naar Keuze - Karijn Helsloot

Taal naar Keuze - Karijn Helsloot

Taal naar Keuze" (Language of Choice) foundation contributes to a language-rich youth, to young people who, in addition to Dutch and English, speak and write at least one other language. It concerns a language they choose to develop themselves, within the regular education system. At present, only 50% of pupils leave Dutch education with three or more language diplomas in their pocket, contrary to what the European language policy advocates. The variation in languages is also extremely limited, contrary to what the Dutch education law allows and contrary to what society in a broad sense characterises and requires. Having become wiser through Covid-19, the foundation now offers language education in a hybrid form: online and at school. In this way, Taal naar Keuze hopes to meet the needs of pupils and schools.

De Kwekerij - Guy Wijnen

De Kwekerij - Guy Wijnen

Stichting De Kwekerij aims to help students and young professionals flourish. They do this by offering substantive workshops and development programmes in the area of relationships, friendship, life questions and personal development. What makes De Kwekerij's programmes unique is that they always work with people from the target group. They share something of their personal experience and reflect on it from different perspectives. Experience shows that people appreciate the safety, openness and quiet in the programmes. A place to flourish!

Previous winners

The past few years, the AUV Alumni Award has contributed to a large range of projects such as providing training to impoverished young people in Honduras (educate.), connecting volunteers to civil society organisations and companies (Deedmob) and improving the oral hygiene of children in Cape Town (Healthy Teeth Challenge).