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).

The Board of Governors expressed pleasure at the appointment, noting that “Sijtsma has a long record of service and a reputation as an extremely competent and experienced administrator and a renowned scientist.”

Klaas Sijtsma (b. 1955) studied personality psychology and statistics and measurement theory at Groningen, specializing in methods and techniques of psychological research, and more specifically in psychometrics (statistical aspects of the measurement of psychological characteristics). He has published many articles in leading international journals as well as several books on topics in psychometrics. 

Sijtsma previously worked at the University of Groningen, VU Amsterdam, and Utrecht University, joining Tilburg University in 1997. He has held numerous board posts and continues to do so, including membership of the Supervisory Board of CITO Arnhem. Sijtsma was Head of the Methodology and Statistics Department at Tilburg University from 1999 to 2010. From 2005 to 2010 he chaired the Dutch Committee on Tests and Testing (COTAN), which reviews psychological testing in the Netherlands, and he has also been president of the Psychometric Society. 

“It is an honor to be appointed rector and I am delighted to serve our university in line with the current strategic course,” says Sijtsma.