Voorzitter College van Bestuur
Over the years, I have felt compelled to read many management books. It’s the curse of the coporate executive: if you don’t read them, you live in constant fear of incompetence. If you do, you live in constant fear that corporate reality is happening elsewhere. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. Some were shallow, some thorough, [...]
Even een blogje in het Nederlands, voor tussendoor. De foto hiernaast is een afbeelding van een gangpad in het gebouw van De Munt in Utrecht, waar ik gisteren te gast was ivm de eerste muntslag van Erasmus “500 jaar Lof der Zotheid”. Het gangpad bestaat uit diverse munten, in hars ingelegd, en het leidt naar [...]
It was an honourable occasion, today, when I was invited to mint the very first Erasmus 2 euro coin issued by the Ministry of Finance on the occasion of 500 years “Lof der Zotheid”. The book that established Erasmus’s fame as scholar, humanist and philosopher and which ultimately paved the way for Reform in Europe. [...]
Many professors in their golden years must have conjured up memories of the sixties last week. The unprecedented protest of scholars against budget cuts and penalties (for students who need more than n+2 for a Bachelors and a Masters degree) reminded many of the days when the whole of Europe appeared to be rioting in the [...]
Among the prevailing sentiment that research needs to be applied, focused on innovation and immediately productive in order to merit funding, there seems to be a groundswell of voices emphasising the importance of the humanities. It’s an interesting debate, with on the one hand Jeroen van der Veer (former Shell CEO) using every platform to [...]
With the sounds of Abba still ringing in my ears (don’t you think it is time for a fresh new classic?) let me wish you all a very happy and healthy 2011. The time between Christmas and New Year is a great time for cleaning out cupboards, clearing the backlog on the bedside table and tidying the [...]
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.