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Leiden alumni abroad in times of corona

What’s the situation like in Spain or Singapore in these times of corona? How do Leiden alumni cope with the restrictive measures in their country, the possible finding of a vaccine, medication to combat corona or how do they cope with working from home, with or without children? You can read their experiences below, and stories from our alumni in other countries will be added on a regular basis.

What is the situation like in Australia in these times of corona? 

Leiden alumni Martijn & Pascalle Bosboom are living  in Perth, Australia.
Martijn (Law, 1985) works as a General Counsel & Company Secretary at Perseus Mining Limited, Pascalle (Psychology 1987) is Clinical Neuropsychologist and Owner/Director at Mindlink Psychology. 

'We are used to isolation in one shape or form and Perth is certainly one of the best places in the world to be isolated in." 

Read their story 

05.05.2020

Martijn & Pascalle Bosboom -Van der Hurk

What is the situation like in Brazil in these times of corona? 

Leiden alumnus Guilherme Dias Henriques (Latin  American studies, 2019):
"It is good to observe that the institutional crisis which is spread in Brazil has not the Coronavirus disease as its major cause. It is just the tip of the iceberg for Brazilian politics. "  

Read his story 

Guilherme Dias Henriques
Guilherme Dias Henriques

What is the situation like in Shanghai, China  in these times of corona? 

Leiden alumna Carmen Bakas (Civil Law and International Law 1992) lives in Shangai. She is a Counsel at DaWo Law Firm in Shanghai, assisting European clients, including Dutch companies. She also teaches the course International Contracting at the Law faculty of Fudan University, Shanghai.

"Shanghai is almost back to business with a new normal: e.g. restaurants have special seating arrangements and limited customers." 

Read her story

Carmen Bakas with Dan Xu and Zi Wan (all Leiden alumni)
Carmen Bakas with Dan Xu and Zi Wan (all Leiden alumni)

What is the situation like in France in these times of corona? 

Leiden Alumna Emma Knopper (Law, 2011) is living in Paris.
"With the coronavirus, the economy has been slapped in the face for the third time in a row and hopefully once the lockdown left behind, France will revive." 
 

Read her story 

30.04.2020

Emma Knopper, Paris
Mahadai Besancon
Mahadai Besancon

What is the situation like in Mexico-City in these times of corona? 

Leiden Alumna Mahadai Besancon (Civil Law, 1989)  lives  with her family in Mexico-city since 2017. 

"A few days later, during one of his press conferences, the Mexican president told attendees that he had amulets that would protect him from the coronavirus."

Read her story about living in Mexico-city

18.05.2020

Singapore, Irene van Beveren en Peter de Jong

What is the situation like in Singapore in these times of corona? 

Leiden Alumni Irene van Beveren  and Peter de Jong (both Dutch language & literature, 1987)  live  with their 19 year old son in Singapore since 2015. 

Read their story about living in Singapore

26.04.2020

What’s the situation like in Spain in these times of corona?

Dr Jan Otto Landman (Medicine, Leiden, 1979) has a GP practice in Torremolinos and Fuengirola, Southern Spain, and since 16 March he has been writing blogs about corona on the Facebook page of his practice. He has covered issues such as the restrictive measures, the possible finding of a vaccine, medication to combat corona and the different strategies that countries are using in the fight against corona.

Read his story

21.03.2020

Dr. Jan Otto Landman

What is the situation like in South Africa in these times of corona? 


Leiden Alumna Josine Overdevest (Law, 1986) immigrated to South Africa in 2003 attracted to the dynamics of a country filled with contradictions and a wonderful diversity. She is now living in the inner city of Johannesburg.
"To this day I’m happy to say that being present in this city of extremes and its humanity in between grows my heart and my horizon. 

Read her story 

28.04.2020

Josine Overdevest

What is the situation like in Sweden in these times of corona? 

Leiden Alumnus Rob van Wijk (Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences 2009) defended his PhD thesis on “Translational pharmacokinetics-pharmacodynamics in zebrafish: integration of experimental and computational methods” in February 2020 and moved from Leiden to Uppsala, Sweden. He works there as postdoctoral researcher in pharmacometrics, in the department of Pharmaceutical Biosciences of Uppsala University.

Read his story 

01.05.2020

What is the situation like in Switzerland in these times of corona? 

Leiden alumnus Melvin Spreij (Civil Law & Business Law, 1988) is living with his family in Geneva and works as a counsellor at the World Trade Organization (WTO). 
"One thing that we can learn from COVID-19 is that we need closer global cooperation and governance more than ever before."

Read his story 

04.05.2020

Melvin Spreij and his wife Gabriella

What is the situation like in St. Neots (near Cambridge), UK in these times of corona? 

Leiden alumni Nicolas Tubbs (2005, MSc Biodiversity & Sustainability) & Tsjitske Dotinga-Tubbs (2004, MSc Educational Studies) live with their children near Cambridge.
Nicolas works for Fauna & Flora International as a Senior Programme Manager-Eastern Africa focusing on natural resources management and sustainability; Tsjitske works part-time as an ESOL tutor for a Christian charity by teaching English to Syrian refugees and gives Dutch tutoring online for CLL. Tsjitske is also a blogger and stay-at-home mum. They met in Leiden and moved to the UK eight years ago.             

Read their story

25.05.2020

Nicolas and Tsjitske plus their youngest last Christmas in the French Alps
Nicolas and Tsjitske plus their youngest last Christmas in the French Alps

What is the situation like in Silicon Valley, USA in these times of corona? 

Leiden alumnus Steven Liu (Physics, 2009) moved to the US to pursue a PhD degree in engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. He have lived with his wife in Santa Clara, CA, the heart of the Silicon Valley of California since 2017, and currently works as a hardware process engineer at Apple.

"It has been shown that the calmness of the gardening can relieve some frustrations resulting from the reduced social connection and the ongoing COVID-19 related news from the media."

Read his story

"During working from home, I have turned our kitchen into an office."
"During working from home, I have turned our kitchen into an office."
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