ACE > is the international faculty association of the faculty Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (ESHCC). The goal of the association is to maintain the study interests and to broaden the perspectives of the students, for example by organising study trips, lectures, excursions, etc. This year the Estimator is going to work together with EmbrACE, the official magazine of Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication and International Faculty Association ACE>. EmbrACE is published four times a year and articles will also be posted on the website throughout the year (if you're interested in a copy, send an email to email@example.com!). Before that all started we did an interview with Lovisa Salomonsson and Cindy Wilhelm of the EmbrACE Committee to get to know them a little bit more!
What are the goals of Ace?
We have 2 main goals: the social aspect and the study aspect. For the study aspect, students pursue their own interests, like going to museums and organizing trips (during the short trip we spend a weekend in a city in Europe and during the long trip we spend 10 days in a country outside Europe). We also have day trips that are related to each of our threes studies. For the history students we have a museum trip to Haarlem, the culture students go to the Amsterdam Light Festival and Communication and Media (IBCoM) goes to the EYE Museum in Amsterdam and visits the European Parliament in Belgium. As for the social aspect, we help organizing for example the Interfaculty Comedy Experience and the Interfaculty Gala and we have a social drink every 2 weeks, plus a Halloween and Christmas drink as well.
The current ACE board
Which nationalities do you have in your association?
As many wouldn’t expect, we don’t have many Germans in our association. There are a lot of people from France, Spain, America, China, Taiwan, Portugal and Georgia. And the ratio of Dutch to international students is more or less 60% Dutch to 40% international for History and 50%-50% for Culture and IBCoM.
Do you have the idea that you have more women as members because they are more interested in the areas of communication, history and culture?
The areas of communication and culture indeed have a lot of women, especially in the early years of the studies, but for history there are more men than women. As you come in the later years of your Bachelor or your Master or PhD-candidateship, the number of women declines a lot and most of the students are men. This pattern seems to be usual in most faculties and universities. Less than 10% of the professors in the faculty are women. Women give up advancing their education for various reasons, one of them being pregnancy.
Mark Rutte studied history and now he is the prime minister of the Netherlands
Editor-in-chief Lovisa Salomonsson
Could say a little bit about each study?
Studying history is not like you do in high school, at the university you only learn modern history (from 1000 A.D. onwards) and you learn how to trace a problem from now back to the past to find a solution. It can be very useful: Mark Rutte, for example, studied history and now he is the prime minister of the Netherlands! Culture is concerned a lot with philosophy and sociology and is in a kind of way similar to history, addressing how culture relates to the world. A common question asked in the study is which culture people belong to. Communication and Media focuses mostly on publicity and journalism and how the media relates to political and cultural life across the globe.
Insight in econometrics is relevant for our studies
One of our future co-authors: Cindy Wilhelm
How did you come up with the idea of working with the Estimator?
We thought that working with the Estimator would be great and create diversity for EmbrACE, due to the fact that our associations have different views of the world. Also, an insight in econometrics might be quite relevant for our faculty. Moreover, FAECTOR is one of the best study associations!