Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Artur Moeijes makes it to the ECHO Award final

17 Aug 2019 11:30 | Student Affairs

Diversity Talks is a non-profit organisation focused on promoting inclusive education in the Amsterdam metropolitan area. Devised by Artur Moeijes, who studies HBO-ICT at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS), it’s an idea that has earned him a spot in the national final of the ECHO Award HBO 2019. The third-year student is one of four finalists up for a great prize: a summer course at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in the United States.

The purpose of the ECHO Award is to generate positive attention for individual successes of (higher education) students within our multicultural society.

"I think it’s fantastic and am honoured to be nominated for the ECHO Award HBO 2019. Via this nomination, I hope to encourage my fellow students to become socially involved,” says Moeijes. He will present his organisation, Diversity Talks, to the ECHO Award jury on 27 August.

Diversity Talks

The motives of Artur Moeijes, who has Polish roots, are promoting diversity and inclusion, and making an impact. “I quit my job on the side because I felt my time could be better spent helping others, rather than thinking only about myself. This led me to set up Diversity Talks recently,” says Moeijes. The socially involved student has previously set up a mentoring programme for students and a platform for free homework assistance. Both projects aim to increase diversity and inclusion in education.

About the ECHO Award

The ECHO Award is awarded each year by the Expertise Centre for Diversity Policy. The competition targets successful students with non-Western ancestry who distinguish themselves through excellent study results or via their involvement in society. There are awards for university of applied sciences students as well as research university students. There are four finalists in the HBO/university of applied sciences category, including Moeijes. The winner will be announced on 26 September, during a ceremony at the law firm Loyens & Loeff in Amsterdam.

Congratulations to another AUAS student, Kethia Barigenera (Applied Psychology), who was also nominated for the prize but unfortunately did not make it to the final.