The second continuation of the series about the experiences of students who had the chance to get to know university campuses abroad. Their knowledge may help you get an idea of what change you would actually like in the Dejvice Campus. Your ideas and comments on the planned revitalization of the campus are still being collected. You can fill in the questionnaire <a href="https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1932/8043/files/200721_ODSTOUPENI_BEZ_UDANI_DUVODU__EN.pdf?v=1595428404" data-gt-href-en="https://en.notsofunnyany.com/">here</a> until March 31.
If the articles below will at least make you think about Erasmus, we will be very happy about that as well. Studying abroad is one of the best practices a student can choose.
On campus Handong Global University I spent one semester in South Korea (at the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic). Even though the potential of the campus was not fully exploited, it offered many interesting opportunities for living and I believe all those who told me that they have no reason to leave the campus (almost) as long as the year.
The campus is located in a more remote part of the city of Pohang, so the only connection with the city is one bus line, or your own vehicle. However, the campus as such provides virtually everything necessary for life. The center of the entire campus is a giant athletic oval with a football field and smaller basketball courts, next to which stands a large complex of canteens, restaurants and shops of all kinds (from stationery to convenience stores, second-hand clothes, to the hairdresser). There is also a large stage for various outdoor performances and events, barbecue "boxes" (several separate places with barbecue and stone tables and benches) and a large parking lot for cars. The whole complex then separates the educational campus part and the part with accommodation units.
The academic part of the campus is dominated by the university chapel, there are also all administrative and educational buildings - the older construction is in red brick, the newer one is large glass rooms. The whole part has a kind of English touch, including a park and a fountain in the middle. In addition to a large space to study within the library, there is also a large amount of coworking space and a few cafes for work or study. In the back of this part of the campus there is also accommodation for teachers and a secondary and primary school for their children - on the school playground it is then possible to use a volleyball court. The whole part is dominated by sakura (similarity purely coincidental?) And especially a huge number of grassy areas and benches for sitting (or organizing social events when there is no Covid, right?).
As for the accommodation part, again the buildings are in a very "English style" - separated according to the preferences of students. In one of the buildings there is a giant gym, a music room (pianos, guitars, etc.) and a large number of study cells, where you can either work on group projects or study independently. Behind the tracks there is a possibility to go for a walk or run in any direction into the forest.
Although the campus is not that big (definitely not bigger than the entire Dejvice campus), the space is well designed from the beginning and provides students with convincing reasons to stay on campus and spend a lot of time here. The expansion of sports opportunities on the campus would certainly benefit the Dejvice Campus, whether it is simple things such as a street workout field, a climbing wall or a multifunctional sports field. I see another room for improvement in expanding the possibilities for networking - whether it is cafes, or coworking space, or informal meetings, for example at the grill boxes.
I'm really looking forward to what can arise in the Dejvice Campus and hopefully some of the ideas above will be realized!
The Rotterdam campus is not beautiful at first. Each building looks from a different century and at first glance the place is connected perhaps only by thousands of students running between them. However, this feeling will leave you after a while. After all, it is not a matter at all that the humanities are a heavy brutal and lawyers are housed in a state-of-the-art glass building. The functioning of space as a whole is about something completely different.
The campus is equipped for everything, the local Spar offers from relatively cheap snacks to beer and cigarettes. If you want to relax, you can go to a huge food court for lunch, where you can choose from about seven restaurants. From toasts to sushi bowls. For fans of vegan food, there is the local Sustainable Hub, which offers great lunches for a few euros. If you want to enjoy a more luxurious environment (and less good coffee), you can go to the restaurant adjacent to the local conference room. In summer, there is an ice cream parlor outside, and other delicacies come from time to time, such as the famous Dutch croquettes.
You can spend time with friends either in any building (they all have numerous hangout spots), in the food court or (when you're lucky and it's nice) outside. The outdoor areas are well equipped, as if the local architects have forgotten that it rains 80% of the time in Rotterdam. Adjacent to the campus is a park with ponds and ducks. Of course, there is also a sports complex with tennis courts, dance and yoga facilities and a huge gym. A summer cinema and ubiquitous benches with tables are a matter of course. What surprised me the most (right after Spara) is definitely the hairdresser, bikeshop and a cheap pub (cheaper than anywhere else in the city) right in the center of the campus. Of course, there is also a huge stationery shop, where you can buy almost anything. Erasmus University officially has two libraries, but there are many more places to learn. It is completely normal for students to find an empty seminar room and train for a presentation there all day, for example.
The university regularly organizes festivals, competitions, sports days on campus, and God knows what else. For me, by far the most interesting was Sustainability Day, when the campus was full of stalls and people competed, for example, for solid coffee cups or food in the Sustainable Hub. The whole thing was accompanied by enlightenment. Just how many people get involved in the local hub for sustainability is something unimaginable for me (from Charles University). If we wanted to take the leadership of the university at least remotely, we had to occupy the rectorate for a week. In the Netherlands, on the other hand, the school directly supports environmental activists. The Dejvice campus is very close to me, especially thanks to its library. However, it is true that the outdoor spaces are completely unused, especially the grass surface. For example, a beach volleyball court or a rented badminton racket would be great there. However, what I miss the most in Dejvice is vegetarian food. Although Cafe Prostoru has a daily menu, I often don't find the menu enough. Despite the fact that due to their monopoly position, they do not even have to try to improve the service (now, of course, I am talking about a pre-pandemic situation - thoughts and prayers).
People need more meeting places, more alternatives where to drink coffee. At the same time, I think that the campus would be enlivened by, for example, a summer cinema and a more outdoor program (music, workshops…). I definitely think that my own alternative to the Sustainable Hub would be in place. The interest in environmental issues will eventually also affect the campus, as well as the behavior of the people in it.