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University Student Council

The University Student Council (USR) is the Participation Council of and for the students of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. The council is mainly engaged with the quality and accessibility of the education, and the student policy of the VU. The USR has many competencies: right of consent and advisory on fields of strategic policy, organization, governance, financial support for students and the Student Charter. In this way we can ensure that the voice of the students shall always be represented within the organization.

Counsil members USR in the picture from left to right: Ayesha Noorain Rizwan, Mustafa Mutlu, Kimberly van den Ouden, Alyssa Termaat, Aisha Malik, Selin Çakmak, Rutger Selier, Kat Baron, Kata Rakić en Soukaina Abouhssen.

The council has Public USR meetings where students can join and give their opinion on documents the council has prepared for the USR-CvB meetings. The council also asks students for input in the Presidium (a meeting with all faculty councils) and the UVO (a meeting with boards of associations). Finally, students can give their input by mail, Facebook or Instagram.

In addition, the council members try to influence the policy of the university in various ways by consulting with employees and by giving their independent advice. Members of the student council are also part of the Joint Assembly, in which the Works Council (OR) also participates. In this assembly, USR and OR discuss the university budget, annual report and the strategic plan. Thus, the USR is always involved in the important decisions taken at the university. The USR 2020-2021 consists of eleven council members

Every council member is active within multiple portfolios and each portfolio is part of a committee. The University Student Council is divided into three committees: Education & Research, Organization & Finance and Communication. 

Councilmembers per committee:

  • Committee Education & Research: Kimberly van den Ouden, Selin Çakmak, Kat Baron, Ayesha Noorain Rizwan, Mustafa Mutlu, Soukaina Abouhssen
  • Committee Organization & Finance: Mustafa Mutlu, Sumeyye Dalkiran, Rutger Selier, Aisha Malik, Ayesha Noorain Rizwan, Kata Rakić
  • Committee Communication: Alyssa Termaat, Kat Baron, Selin Çakmak, Rutger Selier, Aisha Malik, Kimberly van den Ouden, Kata Rakić


University Student Council (USR)
VU Main Building
StudentenD0k, room 0D-12

Secretary Jeannetta van Baarsen
Tel: +31 (0)20 59 82291 / +31 (0)6 21202713 

Policy plan 2020-2021 USR


Counsil members USR 2020-2021