Leiden alumni abroad in times of corona
What’s the situation like in Spain or Singapore in these times of corona? How are Leiden alumni abroad coping with their country's restrictions? How are they finding working from home, maybe with a bit of childcare added to the mix? And what about a potential vaccine or treatment? Read about their experiences below and come back soon for more stories.
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."
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. "
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."
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."
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."
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.
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
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.
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.
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."
What is the situation like in Tanzania in these times of corona?
Read the story of Leiden alumni Marise Koch-Hekstra (68) and Joris Koch (73), retired general practitioners from Apeldoorn in the Netherlands, who now run a children’s home and tented holiday lodge near the city of Arusha and Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.
"The President has simply asked people not to die of corona and told everyone to pray a lot."
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.
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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."