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At today’s kick-off meeting of the steering committee for our centenary celebrations, we decided to launch a student competition to suggest the theme or Leitmotiv of “Erasmus 100″. Watch the notice boards and start thinking creatively!
Looking forward to the Dies Natalis with eager anticipation? Even though there will be no Dies Natalis Stockings filled with goodies, this year’s programme promises to be a real treat. I am looking forward to hearing our own professors Rolf Zwaan, Marise Born and Henk van der Molen, and of course honorary doctor professor Geoff [...]
Last Monday I had a Skype-session with Ronald van Raak ( Member of Parliament, SP). In this session I handed out the first issue of the Erasmus Alumi Magazine. Here you can find the video coverage of this digital encounter and here you can read the magazine digitally.
Whereas researchers always have to distinguish between professional comments based on research and opinions based on personal views, administrators, like politicians, are free to express their personal views, even though we would prefer our policies to be evidence-based. So when I voice my personal preferences for sustainable alternatives to unsustainable ones, this should be read [...]
What constitutes the societal value of a university? What drives its reputation in the world of researchers, students, potiticians or the general public? What would be the label one might give to universities: ”Unknown, unloved”, as someone once put it, or perhaps “unreliable know-it-alls”, as recent research in Belgium concluded based upon the frightening statistic that only 59.5% [...]
“Erasmus 2013, at home in the world” is the title of our strategy for 2013, which was developed in 2008. Halfway through the planning period, the Executive Board conducted a mid term review of the strategy. What is working well, what should be revised, what has succeeded, what has failed, and where do we need to [...]
I was tempted to translate the title of this blog, but decided against it. Over the last couple of days, some 100 colleagues from several support functions joined together offsite to discuss how we can modernise, professionalise and improve support service levels. Teams from ICT, Finance, Human Resources, Facility Management, Marketing/communication, OOS as well as [...]
Professor Leo de Haan gave his inaugural address on the occasion of the dies natalis of ISS yesterday. I am always astonished to see how well connected ISS is, and how many prominent friends attend its ceremonies. This is a real testimonial to the work of several colleagues who have built the reputation of the [...]
With all the talk of disappointment in the new Prime minister’s cabinet selection, I was happy to be invited to present the Dutch perspective on Boardroom diversity at an international conference in Oslo this week. Follow the link below for a press account of the conference. http://www.newsinenglish.no/2010/10/13/board-diversity-wins-over-critics/ A big thank you to Mijntje Luckerath (ESL) [...]
Yesterday, I had the pleasure and privilege to attend the award ceremony of the NWO Mosaic research grants. A Mosaic grant embodies recoginition and encouragement of multicultural research talent in the Netherlands, enabling a full 4 year-PhD trajectory based on a research proposal to be defended to an academic jury. Of this year’s 21 winners, 5 came [...]
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.