Drs. Pieter Duisenberg

Pieter Duisenberg (1967) is the president of the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) since October 2017. Duisenberg has been a member of the Dutch parliament (for the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy, VVD) since 2012, where his portfolio is Higher Education and Science. He also chaired the Finance Committee.He has been the driving force in parliament behind the Student Advance Grant (social lending system) implemented to raise the quality of education. He has also been successful in pleading for more academically formed teachers in secondary education, in furthering internationalisation for students and for establishing a stronger role for Education Committees. Before he entered parliament, Pieter worked for more than twenty years in the business sector holding positions in Shell, McKinsey & Company and Eneco. Pieter is currently a guest lecturer at the VU Amsterdam.

The VSNU faces the challenge of maximising the effectiveness and impact of the association and positioning it as the strong and unified voice on behalf of the university sector. The universities wish to make a prominent contribution to the Netherlands as a knowledge society and to work together to achieve a top position, both at the heart of society as well as on the international stage. To this end, they are committed to effecting more collaboration with social partners, creating space for talent development amongst students and lecturers, a strong international profile and a leading position in the field of human-oriented digitization in society. As President, Duisenberg wants to further this ambition and bring the plans to fruition.


Other positions
Chair of the foundation Stichting Madurodam, Member of the Supervisory Board of the Netherlands School of Public Administration (NSOB), Chair of the Supervisory Board of Gasunie, Vice Chair and Treasurer of the foundation Stichting van het Onderwijs (StvhO), Deputy Chair of the Management Board of Neth-Er.

Drs. Pieter Duisenberg
Drs. Pieter Duisenberg

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