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University Day 2022

Dive into the world of the University of Amsterdam and feel like a student again on University Day. During this festive event, the UvA will open its doors to alumni, staff and other interested parties. The afternoon is full of inspiring sessions and a great opportunity for alumni to catch up. Will we see you there?

This year's theme: Choices

Throughout our lives we constantly make choices, consciously and unconsciously, and each choice gives a different result. What would have happened if you had taken a different path from the one you did? What would your life be like now? Would you be happier? More successful? Questions like these are becoming increasingly important with the advent of social media which puts our lives on display. Every step you take is can be 'followed' and judged. The impact of media and communication on our daily choices is therefore the theme of University Day 2022.

Practical information

Date and time

Saturday, 24 September
13:30 - 18:00

Tickets for University Day

Alumni and emeriti: €9.50
Staff: €5
You're welcome to bring one guest. Guests pay the regular rate of €9.50.

All entrance fees will be donated to the Amsterdam University Fund. We do not offer refunds in the event of a cancellation. Visit our website if you'd like to make an extra donation.


Roeterseiland Campus - Building A
Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
1018 WV Amsterdam


If you have any questions, please contact the UvA Development and Alumni Relations Office by email:

Programme: University Day 2022

13:30 - 14:00


14:00 - 15:00

Opening remarks by Geert ten Dam and keynote by Anita Elberse (in Dutch). For more information about the keynote, please see the Dutch programme.

15:00 - 15:30


15:30 - 16:30

Sessions (two of which are in English)

Jules Schlicher (photographer: Melanie Lemahieu)

Failures session (in English)

During the failures session, three alumni ((Jim Gardien, Sabyasachi Sengupta and Ronit Palache) tell inspiring stories about their failures and how these ultimately made them stronger. The moderator is Jules Schlicher. Jules works for the Economics and Business Career Center where he has organised an event called 'Fuckup Nights' for the past two years.

Startups session (in English)

Students and alumni who have chosen to begin a start-up talk about their venture and the road they had to travel. What can alumni mean for them? With Micky Chen from Minite, Julien Jukema from Anywyse and Emilia Berenyi from wegozero. Through Minite, companies hire screened student talents for one-off jobs to help them grow faster. Anywyse helps students to be more productive, but with less stress, by providing audio study materials and guidance. And wegozero is a consultancy that helps companies transition to waste-free operations to promote sustainability. The session is led by Alexander Esser. He is an ASIF board member.

A two-way conversation with Anita Elberse and Gunay Uslu (in Dutch)

Equal opportunities in health and healthcare: Lecture and discussion with Marcel Levi and Bert-Jan van den Born (in Dutch)

For more information about the Dutch sessions, please see the Dutch programme.

16:30 - 18:00

Drinks, with plenty of opportunities to network with other alumni