By On August 21, 2018

MA in Museum Professions Students Experience the Netherlands in Seminar Abroad

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M.A. in Museum Professions Students Experience the Netherlands in Seminar Abroad

Seminar Abroad Ten students pursuing their M.A. in Museum Professions, a graduate program within the College of Communication and the Arts, recently took part in a 10-day study abroad course in the Netherlands. Led by Dr. Petra Chu, students learned about the histories, collections, operations, and past and future challenges in the Netherlands. Students visited more than 20 museums in five cities including Amsterdam, Delft, Haarlem, The Hague, and Leiden.

Historically, students in the M.A. in Museum Professions program have the opportunity to participate in study abroad opportunities. On these trips, previous destinations of which have included Amsterdam, Beijing (and Shanghai), Berlin, Florence, Paris, and Rome, students visit numerous museums and historic sites, often looking “behind the scenes,” to see how museums outside of the United States operate.

“My favorite part about the trip was sharing the experience of visiting museums with individuals who are just as enthusiastic about museums as I am,” Erin Benz said, a Museum Registration track student who is a Dean’s Graduate Scholarship recipient. “The enthusiasm showed me that the future of museums is in good hands if students like us are this excited and interested about museums.”

Chu explained that museums in the Netherlands hold an important place in the study of museological history. “Though Holland cannot boast the oldest museums in Europe, it can claim a long and respectable museum tradition with the first purpose-built museum, collections dating back to the 16th century, and exciting and interesting national museums,” she said. “On this trip the students truly experienced the Dutch museum culture.”

Kate Dinneny, a Museum Education track student who is also a scholarship recipient, shared her experience. “This trip showed me a new world of museums,” she said. “I was very impressed by the innovative methods used to interpret collections. The Netherlands’ use of technology was seamlessly integrated into their exhibits and the staff demonstrated progressive thinking about museological topics. By witnessing how museums operate in Holland, I now see how we can improve museums in the United States.”

Study abroad opportunities also contribute to and inspire students’ academic and professional goals. Anna Baccaglini, a B.A./M.A. in Museum Professions student, found the trip helpful for her current master’s thesis research. “My master’s thesis explo res how museums should incorporate more interactive and multi-sensory elements in their permanent gallery spaces. During the Seminar Abroad to the Netherlands, I found that the majority of their museums already included such elements. This trip gave me the opportunity to experience first-hand how museums function differently outside of the United States. As a result, my master’s thesis will make a more informed contribution to the museum field.”

The Seminar Abroad experience is enhanced through the generous support of Harold and Helen Learner, whose invaluable contribution helps offset student expenses related to the trip. “The funds are used to do something ‘extra,’ that would often be too expensive for students,” Chu explained. “We felt that by using the funds in this way, every student could benefit from the Lerner’s generosity.”

“Studying abroad was a fantastic way to experience how professionals around the world work and develop the same practi ces we are learning about at Seton Hall,” Amanda McGrady said, who is a Museum Registration track student and a scholarship recipient. “I am so glad for the opportunity to go abroad and I definitely encourage other students to do the same.”

The M.A. in Museum Professions is designed for individuals interested in pursuing careers in museums or related cultural institutions. Students in the program select one of four professional tracks, including Museum Education, Museum Registration, Museum Management, or Exhibition Development.

The College currently offers three Master's-level programs, including Museum Professions, Strategic Communication, and Public Relations. In addition, four dual-degree options, including three accelerated B.A./M.A. programs and a dual M.A. degree with the School of Diplomacy and International Relations are offered. A Ph.D. program is currently under development.

For more information about Graduate Studies within the College of Communication and the Arts, please contact Dr. Ryan Hudes.

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By On August 21, 2018

Netherlands sticks with pension age rise despite longevity trend

The Netherlands intends to press ahead with raising its retirement age to 67 in 2021, despite actuaries arguing that such a change is not necessary until 2026.

Wouter Koolmees, the Dutch social affairs minister, responded to parliamentary questions about the retirement age rise last week.

In 2013, politicians decided that the state pension â€" or AOW â€" age would rise to 67 in 2021. However, Gijs van Dijk, of the Dutch Labour party (PvdA), highlighted an article in financial newspaper FD quoting Dutch actuarial association Actuarieel Genootschap (AG), which stated that longevity of 65-year-olds had increased less rapidly than expected in recent years.

However, Koolmees responded that the increase should be seen as ‘catching up’ with earlier trends. Life expectancy compared with the 1950s has risen sharply in the Netherlands, while the state pension age has remained 65 years for a long time.

At the start of the AOW system in 1957, Koolmees said, retirees received the state pension for an average of 14.7 years. By 2014, that had risen to 19.8 years.

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Wouter Koolmees, social affairs minister

With the increase in the state pension age to 67 in 2021, Dutch retirees will receive the benefit for roughly 18 years on average. The government intends to link the retirement age to life expectancy to maintain this duration from 2022.

Those who retired between 2006 and 2020 would receive their state pension on average for longer than 18 years, the minister said.

In addition to affordability, Koolmees also mentioned labour market arguments for raising the AOW. He said there had to be a balance between working people and pensioners in the Netherlands in order to guarantee that there would be a large enough workforce in the future.

Koolmees acknowledged the actuaries’ argument but added that CBS, the Dutch government’s statistics body, believed the reduction in longevity improvements was temporary and life expectancy would continue to rise over time.

In 2017 there were fewer retirees claiming the state pension for the first time than the Netherlands’ government had anticipated. This was expected to save the country €30m a year, according to government estimates, but Koolmees warned that such forecasts were uncertain.

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Source: Google News Netherlands | Netizen 24 Netherlands

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By On August 21, 2018

Ill health forces Dutch Olympian to halt long-distance swim

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) â€" Maarten van der Weijden beat leukemia and went on to win an Olympic gold swimming medal in Beijing, but even his powers of endurance weren’t enough to complete his latest challenge.

Ill health on Monday forced Van der Weijden to halt his ambitious bid to swim the 200-kilometer (124-mile) route of an iconic speed skating race in the northern Netherlands, bringing to a premature end a fund-raising feat that had enthralled his home nation.

Van der Weijden had swum 163 kilometers (101 miles) since plunging into a canal in the northern city of Leeuwarden early Saturday morning.

Wearing an orange-and-black wetsuit and swimming a slow freestyle, the 37-year-old swimmer was cheered on by thousands of supporters lining river banks over the weekend. Tractors drove alongside him at night to illuminate the water and he w as hoisted over canal locks by cranes.

He was attempting to swim along canals and rivers linking 11 towns in the northern province of Friesland that are used for a speed skating race in the years when cold winters freeze the entire route. The last such race was in 1997.

In the evening, Van der Weijden appeared at an official celebration in Leeuwarden, where he had planned to finish his swim. Instead, barely able to walk, he was helped from a boat onto a gurney and pushed to a stage on a city square where thousands of people had gathered.

“I gave it everything â€" then you are totally empty,” he told the crowd as he briefly managed to stand. “It is heart-warming that you are all here. Thank you.”

His swim raised just over 2.5 million euros ($2.86 million) for cancer research.

During the swim, supporters unable to get to Friesland followed his progress on a live stream by national broadcaster NOS.

In a post on his official website, Van der Weijden’s team wrote Monday that a doctor who checked him considered it “irresponsible” to continue. The swimmer was suffering from an imbalance of salt and was unable to keep down any medicine due to nausea, according to his site. He was taken by ambulance to a hospital for checks.

Wrapped in a foil blanket, the skin on his hands wrinkled from the hours in the murky canals, Van der Weijden was treated on the river bank as supporters applauded his effort.

“It’s a huge disappointment,” Van der Weijden’s coach, Marcel van der Togt, told NOS. He said the swimmer fell asleep in the water and became sick when he was put on a floating bed to rest.

Van der Weijden became a household name in the Netherlands when he won the 10-kilometer open water swim at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He became world champion over 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) later the same year and has since completed many long-distance charity swims to raise money for cancer research.

“On one hand, there is fantastic euphoria about what we have experienced, but it is bitter that it has stopped,” said Van der Togt.

Source: Google News Netherlands | Netizen 24 Netherlands


By On August 20, 2018

End of an era as Netherlands set to be net gas importer in 2018


LONDON (ICIS)--The Netherlands is set to become a net importer of gas for the first time in 2018, according to ICIS analysis of flow data, as falling domestic production erodes the country’s decades-old status as north-west Europe’s swing supplier.

Pipeline imports have outpaced exports in the year to-date for the first time since Dutch gas production began in the 1950s. The deficit comes despite unusually high exports in the first quarter, when extreme cold weather caused demand in north-west Europe to rocket and sent wholesale spot prices to record highs.

As of 17 August, imports in 2018 exceeded exports by 255 million cubic meters (mcm), wiping out an export surplus of around 5 billion cubic meters (bcm) in January to August last year, according to data from gri d operator GTS.

It is not unusual for Dutch imports to be higher than exports during the low-demand summer months, but this year the deficit emerged from March and has been steadily widening ever since.

The Netherlands produces and exports low-calorific gas to Germany, Belgium and France. It imports high-calorific gas primarily from Russia and Norway.

Production drop

In order to reverse the trend, the Netherlands would have to export more gas this winter than in previous years, which would in turn require higher domestic production.

That would conflict with government plans to close the biggest field, Groningen, as quickly as possible, in response to earthquakes caused by gas extraction in the region.

New rules to limit output to “never more than necessary” are set to come into force from gas year 2019-20, but even in the current gas yearâ€"ending 31 Septemberâ€"operator NAM does not expect to produce all of its allowed quota of 21.6bcm.

The Central Statistics Bureau (CBS) said in April this year that imports exceeded domestic production for the first time in 2017, but that the Netherlands was still a net exporter.

Source: Google News Netherlands | Netizen 24 Netherlands