Why did you choose the name MUSA?
MUSA is the abbreviation for Muslim University Students of Amsterdam. The board drew up a number of possible names and then submitted those names to the members. They then chose MUSA. An English name has been deliberately chosen to indicate that we as an association are also there for international students. In addition, Musa (also known as Moses) appears as a prophet in every monotheistic religion, which also makes us try to connect different religions.
There are several Muslim student associations in the Netherlands, why set up a new one instead of joining existing associations?
At the University of Amsterdam there is no initiative like MUSA. We believe it is important that students of the UvA be able to make a valuable contribution to the student days of our fellow students and thus MUSA has arisen. In addition, we have noticed that students do not always connect with existing associations. In order to realize an inclusive environment at the UvA, it is important that every student feels they have a voice within the university.
MUSA profiles itself as a student union at the UvA, are other students also welcome?
Yes. Everyone is welcome as members (including non-students) and at our events.
What does the planning for next academic year look like? What can we expect from MUSA?
For the coming academic year, several activities are planned covering several areas. For example, we will organise activities aimed at entering the labour market, focusing on both personal and religious development, but also practical skills (think first aid course). Soon the calendar for next academic year will be online and can then be found on our events page.
Why should I register as a non-Muslim member of MUSA?
MUSA considers connection between students very important. By becoming a non-Muslim member of MUSA, you can also contribute to this. In addition, this is an opportunity as a non-Muslim to gain more knowledge about Islam, for those who are interested in it. We also organise activities that are not religiously inspired, such as training courses for young professionals and first aid training.
The basis of MUSA is Islamic, does this mean that all activities are religiously inspired?
No, not all activities are religiously inspired. For example, we plan to organize workshops on entering the labour market for young professionals next academic year. Think of courses how you teach yourself how to present yourself, but also the importance of preserving authenticity. We will also pay attention to the 2021 elections by organising a pre-election debate and we want to focus on motivating students and discussing tips for academic success at the beginning of the academic year. In addition, we will also organize some more practical courses, such as a first aid training and a calligraphy workshop.
Where can I find prayer rooms?
You can pray in the contemplation rooms at the University of Amsterdam. They are present at every campus. You can find the details here: https://student.uva.nl/en/topics/contemplation-rooms
How much is the annual contribution as a member of MUSA?
Our membership fee is €15 per year, excluding 65 euro cents administration fee.
How can I cancel my membership?
How unfortunate that you would like to cancel your membership at svMUSA. This is possible by writing an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want to cancel your membership for the next academic year, you will have to notify us before the start of the academic year, which is the 1st of September. If you notify us after the 1st of September, we will cancel your membership for the upcoming academic year. In this case, you will still have to pay the current academic year's membership contribution! If you have any questions, you can reach us at email@example.com
If I join MUSA to what extent will my privacy be guaranteed?
The personal data of our members is only available to the board. As a board, we naturally take into account the GDPR and deal with the data of our members confidentially.