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Rostra Editorial Team - a joint account of all editors, columnists, contributors and authors writing for Rostra Economica.

Psst …. Wanna Buy an Academic Chair? It’s Free!

Becoming a professor without participating in teaching and research? Seems weird …. but not at our faculty. Guest author S. de Beter* tells you more.

For students there are just good and bad teachers. For the academic staff, however, there is a huge difference between PhD, post-doc and assistant professors on the one hand and ‘real’ professors – entitled to call themselves ‘hoogleraar’ – at the other. Those in the first category work hard for little money, often on a


 ‘People say you are what you eat. At Rostra we say you are what you read!’ Do you have a flair for writing? Have you always wanted to share your opinions not only with your friends but with the whole Faculty of Economics and Business? Then Rostra Economica is the team to join! Rostra is

The News That Shaped the Month – May

WannaCry Cyberattack – Yana Chernysh On the 12th of May, a wave of a cyberattacks hit many countries worldwide. The targets of the hackers were not only personal laptops and computers, but also the municipality, hospitals, and other socially important infrastructures. The four most affected countries were Russia, Ukraine, India, and Taiwan. The attack worked

The News That Shaped the Month – January 2017

Business recap – by Nando Slijkerman A new year means new records and so the Dow Jones exceeded 20,000. A new all-time-high! Let’s see what that will bring us. Unemployment decreases, inflation is increasing, and real estate is rising again. All lights are on green, so let’s face some economic growth! Donald Trump announced that

The News That Shaped the Year – 2016

2016 In a Nutshell

January – by Michael van Rhee Happy New Year! New round, new opportunities, as we say in Dutch. Göran Persson, the former Prime Minister of Sweden, probably said it best: “Let our New Year’s resolution be this: we’ll be there for one another as fellow members of humanity, in the finest sense of the word.”

The News That Shaped the Month – November 2016

UvA Recap – by Daphne Sweers Facilitated by the University of Amsterdam, the Democratisation and Decentralisation Committee will have an advisory referendum on its proposals from 23th of November until the 11th of December. Many of you will recall the protests in 2015 and eventually the occupation of the Maagdenhuis, which reflected a high degree

The News That Shaped the Month – October 2016

UvA Recap – Triple Crown Accreditation for the FEB – by Daphne Sweers When wandering through the UvA in the past few weeks, you may have noticed the recently, prominently placed banners in the hallways with the text ‘Proud to be triple accredited’. Perhaps you also wondered, what does this exactly mean? In September, the UvA

The News That Shaped the Month – September 2016

UvA Recap – by Artur Rymer The summer is officially over but this doesn’t mean that renovations at Roeterseiland Campus are as well. Perhaps the biggest surprise was the devilish construction that has sprung up next to Buildings D and E. The reactions to the new scaffolding-bridge include disbelief, amusement, lack of confidence in its

The News That Shaped the Month – June 2016

UvA Inside – by Yoeri Min Around the University of Amsterdam’s Roeterseiland campus, stunts for the American action-comedy film “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” will be recorded recorded from the 26th until the 28th of June.  On the 8th of July, actors will be welcomed to the University of Amsterdam to record to some of the movie

The News That Shaped the Month – May 2016

UvA Inside – by Olga Kowalska From the 9th to 13th of May, UvA (Faculty and Central) Student Council elections took place. Students could choose between four parties for the CSR (Central Student Council) and between two parties for the FSR (Faculty Student Council) FEB. The election turnout was sadly quite low: only 19,7% of

The News that Shaped the Month #5

News Recap: World of Economics – by Daniel Koudijs Over the past month, just as worries about China began to lose some of their clout, another familiar headache appeared: plummeting banks’ shares. Reminiscent of the crisis years, the European bank stock index fell drastically; close to 2012 levels when European banks were in deep trouble. Mario

The News that Shaped the Month #4

News Recap: Economics – by Daniel Koudijs Uncertainty is the key word of 2016’s rocky start. This month, market volatility reached heights as oil prices reached record lows. Some of the biggest January losses in decades were reported on stock markets all around the world. Especially China suffered. The Chinese government had intended to limit