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To join the Oxford and Cambridge Society of the Netherlands, please follow the link.

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April 2019: 165th Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race

The Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race is one of the oldest sporting events in the world. The 165th race will be held this year on Sunday, April 7th with both the Women’s Boat Race and the Men’s Boat Race being rowed on the Thames. The scores since the races first began in 1829 (men) and 1927 (women) now stand at:

Men: Oxford 80 : Cambridge 83

Women: Oxford 30 : Cambridge 43

This year our traditional boat race dinner will be held at the Royal Boat Club in Heemstede.

Date: Sunday April 7th, arrival from 2:45 pm, women’s race from 3:15 pm followed by a tea break, men’s race at 4:15 pm, Society’s AGM meeting will be held from 5:15-6:00 pm, dinner at 6:30 pm
Place: KR&ZV Het Spaarne, Marisplein 5, 2102 AC Heemstede
Price: €35 (members and first guest), €40 (all other guests)

More information [here] and registration form [here]. Please use Adobe Acrobat Reader Fill&Sign.

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February 2019: Candlemas Evening

Candlemas is an evening of music, poetry, readings and other contributions from our own members. Guests will be welcomed with coffee or glühwein and you will be free to wander amongst the pianos until the programme starts! During the interval we will serve a buffet supper and drinks.

Date: Saturday, Feb. 2th, starting at 7 pm
Place: “Emilie van Leenen Piano’s”, Lammermark 59, 2312 CM, Leiden
Price: €15

More information [here].

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Elsewhere: Amsterdam Light Festival

The Columbia Club of the Netherlands is organizing a boat for the Amsterdam Light Festival on 18 January (Friday) in Amsterdam! Enjoy Amsterdam from the water and get up close to the major artworks in a comfortable and heated boat, catching up with fellow alumni. Gluhwein + other drinks (rose, white wine, beer, soda, water, warm tea) are included. The boat has a closed section with a transparent ceiling (and heated seating) and an open section. The boat cruise will take approximately 1.5 hours. For those who would like to continue, we will grab some drinks and food after – details to follow later.

Please keep in mind that the boat can accommodate a limted number of people. To secure your spot, please sign up asap. Only after receiving the payment, your seat on board is secured.

1024px-Amsterdam_Lightfestival_(132034155); Kristin Tweer [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

We look forward to enjoying the lights festival with you!

When: 18 January (Friday), 18:45. The boat will leave at 19:00 sharp.

Where: In front of the Hermitage Museum (Amstel 51). Meeting place by the “Absorbed by light” installation in front of the museum (three people looking at their cell phones).

What: Amsterdam Light Festival boat cruise

Who: Columbia, MIT, Harvard, Oxford, Cambridge, Fulbright and McGill alumni, among others. Limited seats are available!

Costs: 22.17 euros per person

Signup: Please sign up via Eventbrite here:

Contact: Marina Leytes –

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OxCam newsletter December 2018

Dear friends and fellow alumni,

With the attached letter, we look back to the many exciting events that took place in 2018. Furthermore, please find an update on developments regarding the committee and some dates for new events in 2019.

OXCAM Newsletter December 2018

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January 2019: 2019 begins with Spring!

One of our esteemed Oxbridge members, John Macfarlane together with friends, is about to give what is probably the first public performance in the Netherlands of a romantic trio for clarinet, cello and piano by Carl Frühling.

The programme also includes a piano duet by Leo Smit and a cello quartet by Rudolf Matz.

Date: Sunday 6th January 2019
Time: 15.30
Place: Het Jagthuis, Middenweg 88, 1394 AM, Nederhorst den Berg
Entrée: € 5

See also [link].

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European elections 2019

We recently received an email from Sjors Keijzer (European Parliament, Liaison bureau in Nederland) that we would like to share:

“Dear Oxford and Cambridge Society of the Netherlands,

The European elections will take place between 23-26 May 2019; the elections in the Netherlands will be on 23 May. Non-Dutch EU citizens, such as expats, living in the Netherlands are able to vote in their own country or in the Netherlands.

In order to vote in the Netherlands, you have to register at your local municipality with the Y-32 form. The Y-32 form is available at your local municipality between 26 February 2019 and 9 April 2019. It is important that you register through this form before 9 April 2019. When registered correctly, you automatically will receive a voting pass a few days before the elections. If you are excluded from voting in your home country or in the Netherlands, you cannot participate in the elections.

How you can vote depends on the rules in your home country. You can use the website How to vote for more information or you can ask for more information about the voting progress at the government in your home country.

Maybe you think, “I already knew all of this, but my European colleague never votes, I have to tell him.” That´s great! Five years ago, the average turnout in the EU was only 42.6% and in the Netherlands even lower 37.3%. With the website, the European Parliament wants to motivate people to go to vote and help them to motivate others to do the same in order to reach a higher voting turnout. Check it out!

The European Parliament Office in The Hague organises an event on 3 December. At this event, you can share your ideas on how to increase the voter turnout and we would like to hear how we could help you! There will of course be drinks afterwards. You can register here. We hope to see you there!”

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December 2018: Christmas dinner with the Harvard Society

Dear Alumni, We proudly invite you to come to the annual Christmas dinner organised jointly with the Harvard Society.

When: Saturday, December 15th
Time: Doors open at 18:00 (there’s a bar for meeting up), dinner starts at 19:00
Where: The Lobby Hotel V, Fizeaustraat 2, 1097 SC Amsterdam
Price: €65 for for a three-course meal, two drinks and tea/coffee

Looking forward to seeing you there! For more information and registration click [here].

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November 2018: Day of the Dead

Please join alumni of MIT, Harvard, Altardediademuertos.jpgColumbia, Fulbright, McGill and many others! For our new annual tradition: Instead of Halloween or Thanksgiving we will celebrate the “Day of the Dead”, a Mexican tradition that invites the loved ones who passed away to become part of the festivities. With altars full of colors, candles, food and drinks, we dance the night away. Dress Code: Customes suggested! Just wear what you can find in your closet, something colourful!

Date: Saturday 3 Nov, 5pm-9pm
Place: Terragon
Price: €29 euros including full dinner (for vegetarian option please tell us in advance), 2 drinks, coffee, tea and free parking.
What: 17:00 Drinks and tour of the Terragon forrest with the Altars. (There is a bar if you want to start drinks early.)
18:30 Full dinner (for vegetarian option please tell us in advance), drinks, coffee and tea.

Please register HERE so we know the numbers. Information on payment can be found on the site as well.

Picture by Eneas de Troya –, CC BY 2.0, Link

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October 2018 (MIT): drinks party of Startup Commons

You are invited to the drinks party of the Startup Commons.

As you may be aware the Startup Commons is the largest annual town-hall meeting for the leaders of the NL startup scene.

At the Commons drinks you can network with senior management of NL’s leading startups (e.g. Catawiki, PicNic, Camptoo, Leapfunder, IkBenFrits, NightBalance, etc.) You can meet senior management of all the major Accelerators nationally (e.g. Brightlands, HighTechXL, PnP, Rockstart, SBC, PnP, NLC, etc.). And of course you can connect with the VCs and Informals that are backing them behind the curtains. Also, there will be opportunity to meet the listening ears from the government (Constantijn van Oranje, Wethouder Kock, etc.)

It should be a great evening for those of you thinking about starting your own company.

The drinks go from 21:00. It’s Oct 5 in the attic of Magna Plaza, rent 24, 139F Spuistraat, Amsterdam.

You need to RSVP. Number are limited and first-come first-serve.

Yours, MIT Netherlands

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October 2018: Annual Dinner

Dear alumni, we have great pleasure in inviting you to our Annual Dinner held in Slot Zeist. Our speaker and guest of honour is the Honourable Peter Wilson CMG who was appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands in August 2017. Prior to this, Ambassador Wilson was the Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of the UK Mission to the UN, New York. His previous postings have included service at the Foreign and Commonwealth office and the British Embassy in Beijing. He has also ran the European Parliament Team at the UK Representation to the European Union in Brussels. Ambassador Wilson is also an Oxbridge alumnus having obtained a Bachelors in Modern History from Oxford University.

Date: Friday, Oct. 12th, starting at 7:00 pm
Place: Sot Zeist, Zinzendorflaan 1, 3703 CE Zeist (free parking available)
Price: €70 for members, €80 for non-members and guests.

More information including the registration form can be found [here] .

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