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                                                                                                           local Thursday 2 February 2023
            Royal Family visits

            University of Aruba and

            meet with students from

            different faculties

            (Oranjestad)—During     the  is  indeed  a  difference  be-
            two-day  Royal  visit,  His  tween the laws on the dif-
            Majesty  the  King  Willem-  ferent  islands,  because  of
            Alexander, Her Majesty the  religious  reasons  for  exam-
            Queen  Maxima  and  Her  ple.  However,  according
            Royal  Highness  Princess  to the statute, the countries
            Amalia  visited  the  Univer-  must  try  to  keep  the  laws
            sity  of  Aruba,  where  they  equal for all.
            were  presented  with  the  Candelaria  further  shared
            faculty of Law, participated  how she enjoyed her expe-
            in  a  quiz  on  different  top-  riences with the Royals. She
            ics in the Kingdom and had  indicated  that  during  the
            the  opportunity  to  discuss  conversation with the king,
            with students from different  the  king  showed  support
            faculties of the university.   not only to her point about
                                         the laws in the island coun-
            Bon Dia Aruba talked with  tries of the Dutch Caribbe-
            a  few  of  the  students  that  an—which  he  said  should
            had  the  opportunity  to  be adapted to those in the
            speak with the Royal Fam-    Netherlands,  but  also  to
            ily, as well as the Governor  the  fact  that  these  islands
            of  Aruba  and  Secretary  should  work  together  and
            of  State,  Alexandra  van  create new laws that they
            Huffelen.  They  shared  a  could all benefit from.
            bit  of  their  discussions  and  “I’m  very  happy  to  hear
            about how their overall ex-  that  from  the  king,  be-
            perience were.               cause  sometimes  we  feel
            Lianne  Candelaria,  a  stu-  that we often fade into the
            dent  from  the  faculty  of  background, so it’s nice to
            Law at the university had a  hear that he is interested in  that he is surprised that the  have that support from the  were  doing  and  what  the
            conversation with King Wil-  working with us and that he  Royals had questions about  queen and princess for the  program can mean for the
            lem-Alexander. She shared  supports  us,”  Candelaria  voluntary work and the so-      social  field  on  Aruba  and  future  of  Aruba  in  terms
            that they talked about the  added.                        cial  field  in  Aruba,  where  how they felt about it. They  of  sustainability.  She  also
            principal  of  concordance,                               he  was  able  to  share  his  provided  great  feedback  shared how some students
            where  it  states  that  The  Keanu  Maduro,  student  experience as a student at  for us,” Maduro expressed.       are  involved  in  some  proj-
            Netherlands and the other  from the Social Work & De-     the university.              He  remarked  that  he  ex-  ects  and  that  they  are  re-
            islands in the kingdom must  velopment faculty, had the  “For  me,  it  was  something  plained  a  little  about  vol-  ceiving data that the island
            make  sure  that  the  law  is  opportunity  to  speak  with  very  new,  because  I’ve  untary work and how it was  does not yet have, in order
            equal for all.               the queen and princess. He  never  had  an  opportunity  something difficult to keep  to  obtain  necessary  infor-
            She  explained  that  there  shared with Bon Dia Aruba  like this. It was really cool to  maintaining volunteers and  mation for a better future.
                                                                                                   remain  active.  He  added
                                                                                                   that they talked about the  “It  was  an  honor  to  be  in-
                                                                                                   social  aspects  of  the  field  vited to speak with the Roy-
                                                                                                   to give a small description  als and the Governor, and
                                                                                                   about  what  this  looks  like  to  able  to  represent  my
                                                                                                   compared  to  The  Nether-   school  and  the  program
                                                                                                   lands.                       in  a  beautiful  way.  It  was
                                                                                                   “They  were  really  enjoying  great to get their attention
                                                                                                   the conversation and they  on  something  that  would
                                                                                                   liked  the  information  that  normally not receive much
                                                                                                   we  provided.  I  even  took  attraction,”  Grauzinis  said
                                                                                                   note  of  things,  so  it  was  about her experience.
                                                                                                   overall  a  beautiful  experi-
                                                                                                   ence,” he indicated.         Lastly,  she  added  that  the
                                                                                                   Another student that spoke  king  and  the  governor
                                                                                                   to the king was Lux Grauzi-  were  very  receptive  and
                                                                                                   nis,  student  from  the  SIS-  the king even commented
                                                                                                   STEM program. She shared  that one of his kids is con-
                                                                                                   with  the  newspaper  that  sidering coming to the Uni-
                                                                                                   she  and  her  friends,  who  versity  of  Aruba,  because
                                                                                                   are  also  in  the  same  pro-  she  is  interested  in  marine
                                                                                                   gram,  spoke  to  the  king  science:  “it’s  an  interest,
                                                                                                   and  the  Governor  of  Aru-  and he was enthusiastic to
                                                                                                   ba. They talked about what  hear  about  those  aspects
                                                                                                   SISSTEM entailed, what they  of the program as well.”  q
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