By: Erasmus Magazine @ Erasmus University Rotterdam , Rotterdam, The Netherlands
August 17, 2020

A vibrant and enterprising environment that adds to your academic success – that is more or less what it says in the mission statement of Erasmus University. But how do we keep that feeling alive if we are not on campus together? To be sure, our most important capital is found in people, not buildings. Yet the spark that ignites enthusiasm really does get more oxygen through one-on-one contact than from some shuddery Zoom connection.

Our work for EM has moved to our home offices or kitchen tables over the past few months. Which means we have missed the informal chats in the corridors of Woudestein. It’s also trickier to fully comprehend contexts when conducting interviews via faltering video connections. Though it all worked out in the end. Mutual understanding grew. We ultimately tried to keep a closer eye on each other, helping one another get through this difficult period.

Fortunately, our target audience – staff and students – were able to find us via our channels: the website, newsletter and, in recent months, the Erasmus TV talk show. The hunger for news turned out to be insatiable. This was also reflected in our sharply increased number of readers.

Nevertheless, paper is more enduring in value than online media. Which is why we are taking a look back in this printed edition on this historical period which has left a lasting impression on everyone.

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