University Peace Days

University of Groningen



This edition of the University Peace Days is by far not the first. It all started as an initiative of the University of Groningen with the goal to promote actual themes about peace and war under the civilians of Groningen. Since then, it has taken the form of lectures, movie nights, forum debates or conferences, dealing with (what were) hot topics. For example, we had activities on terrorism, nuclear issues, organized crime and diplomacy, or with a more regional focus, like the 2014 edition, which was about the struggle of China and Japan over dominance in East-Asia.


The initiative received great enthusiasm from both public and speakers. Over the years, the number of visitors rose, while lecturers came from all over the world. After all, what is better for the discussion than hosting a night about the Georgian War with speakers from Georgia? Or to have international experts on who give a better framework to deal with these topics? The University Peace Days ensure that you will be inspired to think.


Over the years the UPD committee expanded from University staff members to a more mixed initiative between staff and students. The first student organization to join was Clio, and soon after SIB, Vintres and GHD Ubbo Emmius joined our ranks to strengthen the organizing team. Just recently, we had the pleasure of welcoming NGIZ-Noord and Nexus as new members to the UPD board.


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To learn more about our 2016 event, click here. We look forward to seeing you there!


The UPD Committee of 2016:


Prof. Dr. A. Zwitter (University of Groningen, UPD chair)

Kasper Edelbroek (Assistent Student, University of Groningen, Secretary)

Saina Abeshzadeh (SIB-Groningen)

Jan Omvlee (GHD Ubbo Emmius)

Bram Omvlee (CLIO)

Dieuwke van Iwaarden (VINTRES)

Nynke Broos (NGIZ-Noord)

Nicole Rusli (Nexus)

Clio is the Study Association of International Relations & International Organization at the University of Groningen. Clio has around 1100 members and is the largest study association at a Dutch Faculty of Arts. By means of social, academic and career-oriented activities and services, Clio provides its members with opportunities to make friends and to improve their understanding of the field of IR.


Nexus (Groningen) is the student association for the LLB programme in International and European Law and related master programmes. Considering this, Nexus and its members are very internationally oriented. Nexus aims to provide members with the chance to obtain a social network, participate in the organization of guest lectures, attend debating trainings, as well as immerse internationals into the Dutch culture - all in a multicultural environment.

The NGIZ Noord is one of the four departments of the national NGIZ (Nederlands Genootschap voor Internationale Zaken). The other departments are located in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Utrecht. The board of the NGIZ Noord is led by mainly students with an international oriented study. All departments aim to inform Dutch society about international affairs in its widest meaning.

With over 300 members, SIB is the largest student association with an international orientation in Groningen. Unique about the SIB is the combination of social and intellectual activities, ànd the combination of Dutch and international students. The SIB therefore has a wide variety of activties, among which the weekly lecture which takes place every monday, a hitchhiking trip and the yearly trip.

VINTRES is the study association for students of International and European Law at the RUG. We combine a variation of formal activities concentrated on the future of our members with informal activities such as drinks, bar lectures and other meetings. VINTRES takes care of the interests of its members by making sure the their voices are heard. We realize this by participating in the various meetings regarding RUG policy-making.

GHD Ubbo Emmius is the study association for History students at the RUG. We have got almost 800 members, of which approximately 90 people take place in one of the eighteen committees. Sociability is one of the things we find most important, therefore, we organize a social drink every month and five theme parties every year. Also the ones who like it more serious can come to Ubbo. We also organize lectures, conferences and even career trips.


Globalisation Studies Groningen (GSG) is an inter-faculty and interdisciplinary institute that spans the entire University of Groningen. It connects academic work of research groups and individuals issues relating to globalisation, development and humanitarianism. Its aim is to stimulate, support and initiate research projects, educational programmes, North-South linkages and project applications in these related fields, thus contributing to the global profile of the university.

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