Drs. Pieter Duisenberg
Pieter 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 chairs the Finance Committee. During the past five years, 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.
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