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Professor Eleni Kosta new ambassador of the Philip Eijlander Diversity Program

“It would be great if children learned to see the risks of data at a very early age, making it just as normal as learning to look left and right before crossing the road,” says Eleni Kosta, Professor of Technology Law and Human Rights. She is the new ambassador of the Philip Eijlander Diversity Program (PEDP), joining Professor Margriet Sitskoorn and Professor Odile Heynders, both of whom were ambassadors also in the first round of PEDP. But first and foremost Kosta is a passionate scholar.

Privacy and data are hot topics. Eleni Kosta is at the focal point of the debate about these issues. “Privacy is a human right that we need to protect. I am happy to see that both at the European and the national level new legislation is being prepared that better meets the demands of our complex times.” She considers it part of her task to see to it that data collection takes place in a transparent fashion. “We need to create a better system of checks and balances.”

The Philip Eijlander Diversity Program aims to scout and attract extraordinary talent in academia to advance the competence areas that the Schools focus on in their research agendas and impact themes. As such, the Philip Eijlander Diversity Program can be seen as a quality label. It will increase the proportion of women in higher academic positions by creating extra positions at the levels of assistant professor, associate professor, and full professor.

Equal opportunities

Tilburg University sees diversity as an important value in its organization. Diversity, inclusion and tackling inequality are important spearheads in its current policy. Assistant professor Marloes van Engen is Gender Policy Advisor. In her opinion, the added value of having more female talent at Tilburg University is clear. “Half of the more than 13,000 students at Tilburg University are women. It has been like that for years. But if you look at the top of the organization you find that the vast majority there are men. We want to redress the balance.” Equal opportunities lead to better advantage being taken of people’s talents and a fairer representation of women in higher academic positions. Ten years ago, eight percent of the professors were women. Now one in five professors are women, thanks also to the Philip Eijlander Diversity Program. Tilburg University aims to have 25% women professors and 40% women associate professors in 2020.

Click here for more information on the Philip Eijlander Diversity Program and the vacancies involved.