Klaas Sijtsma, Rector Magnificus

Prof. Klaas Sijtsma, Rector Magnificus

Professor Klaas Sijtsma has been appointed Rector Magnificus of Tilburg University as of September 1, 2019. From 2011 to 2017 he was Dean of the Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Sijtsma is Professor of Methods and Techniques of Psychological Research.

As part of this position, he is responsible for the university’s education policy, including issues relating to the transition from higher secondary to academic education and the cooperation with the universities of applied sciences; the research policy, including indirectly funded and contract research; the professorship policy; and academic representation (Doctorate Board).

"Tilburg University is simply a great community to be part of"

Dutch universities have been developing from small and elitist in the 1950s to large and accessible to nearly everybody having the right diploma today. In addition to growing student numbers and accessibility, in recent years we have been witnessing a rapid internationalization both with our student population and our faculty, who come from all over the world. As a result, today we are a bilingual university offering many educational programs in English (often next to Dutch) taught by our international faculty.

Tilburg University focuses on education and research in the social sciences and humanities, including, among others, cognitive science and artificial intelligence, communication and cognition, data science, economics and management, entrepreneurship, human resource studies, labor law and social policy, medical psychology, philosophy, private and business law, social psychology, sociology, and theology. Our focus is unique in the Netherlands, and puts us in a strong position to contribute to the challenges society faces today in our education and research, such as aging population, climate change, immigration, and massive personalized data in health care.

Tilburg University continuously faces the question of how to integrate knowledge from other disciplines into its social science and humanities orientation to further enrich education and research and provide better answers. For example, our increasing focus on artificial intelligence, data science and digitalization in various areas provide us with powerful tools for this further enrichment. This is a great challenge that asks us to show our best and improve ourselves beyond what we are already doing.

Tilburg University is simply a great community to be part of, offering a rich portfolio of the best educational and research programs, and also capable of critically considering its own functioning. This entails the way scientific research nowadays is executed, varying from the preregistration of research to the data storage and availability, to continuously improving our educational facilities including offering modern lecture halls and online testing, as well as teaching done by the finest lecturers.