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Whoever thought that our Rotterdam hero Lee Towers had even an inch of impact on his home town must have been wrong. When he (Lee) sang about the “City that never sleeps” we all know he meant New York, but our Rotterdam hearts must have beaten faster at the prospect of being able “to make [...]
It was a happy reunion, last week’s Mandeville day (for an impression, including photographs, see www.mandevillelezing.nl). Jeroen van der Veer, my former colleague at Shell, gave a highly personal account of his leadership challenges and the way he tackled them as CEO. It was obviously my first Mandeville ceremony, and I had no clear idea of [...]
We were honoured today by a visit from a delegation from the Association of Indian Universities. The AIU is seeking to establish connections with European universities, and EUR hosted a morning meeting (that included representatives from Groningen and Nijmegen). It is fascinating to hear the growth projections for India. Today, there are roughly 500 universities [...]
STAR did it again: within a week following PM Balkenende’s address to RSM students, the ever-eager STAR team succeeded in staging Job Cohen, whose polls are suggesting a solid chance of becoming the next PM after the June 9 elections. Quite different from his predecessor, mr Cohen did not engage his audience in a guest [...]
Now and then, we are asked to comment in the press. EUR academics frequently appear in radio and tv interviews, next to their written contributions to the public debate. We have our own radio studio link, which I could test this morning in a live interview with BNR radio, together with my UvA colleague Karel [...]
If you want to learn about diversity and inclusion in the workplace, learning together is more powerful – and usually more fun – than going it alone. Of course, we can read a book or a memo to master the 10 easy (or not – so- easy) steps to increased diversity.
I don’t know how they do it, but time and time again I am stunned by the ingenuity of our students. Today, STAR persuaded prime minister Jan Peter Balkenende to join us for a guest lecture on the impact of the economic crisis. There he stood, comfortably facing a lecture hall filled with predominantly RSM [...]
RSM regularly organises networking events. Last Friday, I was pleased to meet my old friends in the field of Human Resources again at the invitational HR summit. There was a good turnout to join such notable speakers as Michiel Meurs and Aad Jacobs. The theme of the summit was Conflicts in the Boardroom, so we discussed firsthand experiences [...]
I am greatly looking forward to spending 2 hours with the bachelors honours class of ESE this afternoon. (Who said I didn’t have to teach in this job??) In a 2 year program, ESE offers its best students the opportunity to engage in classes over and above their regular curriculum to deepen and enhance their academic [...]
Tomorrow is May 4th, remembrance day in the Netherlands to honour those who gave their lives in conflicts around the world since 1940. Since a number of years, the customary ceremonial attention has faded somewhat. This year, 65 years after the end of WWII, we have decided to re-instate the remembrance ceremony in the main [...]
Pauline van der Meer Mohr is president of the Executive Board and is responsible for general administrative matters, such as the relationship with the Board of Trustees and the University Council. She focuses on the strategic policy, international affairs and external contacts, including the Rotterdam region, industry and other knowledge institutions.