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On 21 September, the Amsterdam Academic Club (AAC) celebrated the opening of the academic year. Led by the mission of building a bridge between the worlds of academia and business, the AAC seeks to foster ties between UvA staff members and UvA alumni working in the commercial sector and government.

On 21 September, the Amsterdam Academic Club (AAC) celebrated the opening of the academic year. The theme for the evening event was the new novel published by AAC board member and lawyer/partner Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm, entitled Het proces van de Eeuw (‘The Case of the Century’). In his book, Alberdingk Thijm follows a young lawyer during his traineeship at a renowned law firm in Amsterdam’s Zuidas business district – the epicentre of the Dutch legal world.

In a discussion led by Amsterdam University Association (AUV) chair Harry Starren, two practising lawyers – Phippe Creijghton of Houthoff and Els Swaab of Boekel de Neree – explored the limits of providing services on a scalable basis, the definition of a partner organisation, the consequences of a three-year traineeship system and the value of ethics.

New board

The meeting opened with a word of welcome by Mirjam van Praag, chair of the AAC and UvA Professor of Entrepreneurship and Organsation, and Maaike Ambags-van der Meulen, who has just been appointed the association’s new director. The meeting also inaugurated a new board, with Arnoud Boot, Mieke Zaanen and Jan Rath taking their seats alongside Van Praag and Alberdingk Thijm.

Bridge between academia and business

The evening’s opening event also kicked off what is set to be a series of lively debates hosted by the association. Led by the mission of building a bridge between the worlds of academia and business, the AAC seeks to foster ties between UvA staff members and UvA alumni working in the commercial sector and government. With more than 80 AAC members and guests in attendance at the evening event, the new board can look back on a successful opening of the year.