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Farewell to Eric van Damme: Ministerial policy is too political and lacks sufficient scientific basis16th August 2023
In a time-honored tradition, Eric van Damme, Professor of Economics, rounded off his academic career with a lecture that, in addition to family and friends, was attended by an unprecedented cortege of 50 professors. This speaks volumes about Van Damme’s academic network and the mark he has made as a researcher in a key area of microeconomics: game theory.
'International rules on trade restrictions for security reasons need to be renegotiated'16th August 2023
In the past decade, a rising number of trade measures in the interest of national security have increased insecurity in the global economy. Part of the problem is that the existing security exceptions in international trade and investment law are either drafted too broadly or too narrowly. This is argued by Olga Hrynkiv in her PhD thesis.
Veni grant for Thomas Breugem: the world’s unprecedented humanitarian needs call for more efficient aid04th August 2023
Thomas Breugem has been awarded a Veni grant for his important research on optimizing humanitarian aid. By developing mathematical models, he will support humanitarian organizations in operating as effectively as possible in times of unprecedented needs worldwide.
Tilburg University Challenge: The winners03rd August 2023
Sven Correia (Bachelor’s student of Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation) produces tofu from soybeans grown in the Netherlands. His fellow students Krzysztof (Chris) Trzebinski and Jakub Janczak own a sustainable clothing brand. These students won prizes in the Tilburg University Challenge. What did they learn in this annual competition?
Veni grants for nine promising Tilburg researchers03rd August 2023
NWO has awarded Veni funding of up to 280,000 euros to nine promising researchers from Tilburg University. This will allow the laureates to further develop their own research ideas over the next three years.
Jantine Schuit on talent and the labor market: ‘The old model is circling the drain’03rd August 2023
Tilburg University wants to offer more opportunities for personal development than traditional careers in academia. Making optimal use of diverse talents will become central, both in leadership and in rewards. Jantine Schuit: ‘This will need a cultural change.’
Obituary: Professor Emeritus Fred van Iersel (1954-2023)01st August 2023
On Thursday, July 27, 2023, Professor Emeritus by special appointment Fred van Iersel passed away. We have lost a special colleague, someone with great commitment to the university and the Catholic community of faith, and an engaged professor with attention for social and international political issues.
Tilburg University achieves 79% of its Employment Target27th July 2023
One of the action lines set out in the Dutch Universities’ Employment Targets Roadmap (Werkagenda Banenafspraak Nederlandse Universiteiten) is that universities show, in a qualitative and quantitative manner, what efforts they have made to achieve the objectives of the Employment Target.
Last year, Tilburg University achieved 79% of its jobs target. This puts Tilburg University ahead of the other universities in the Netherlands.
How unnecessary paper creates the illusion of sustainability24th July 2023
Tatiana Sokolova found that unnecessary paper packaging creates the illusion of sustainability, because paper is often perceived as environmentally friendly—even when it’s doing more harm than good. “Objective and perceived sustainability are not necessarily the same thing.”
Professor Monique van Dijk conducts research at World Youth Days in Lisbon20th July 2023
Professor Monique van Dijk-Groeneboer of the Tilburg School of Catholic Theology (TST) will conduct research on how young people experience faith in times of secularization, at the World Youth Days (WYD) hosted by the Catholic Church in Lisbon from Aug. 1-6. The World Youth Days is the largest Catholic youth event in the world.
Proposed legislation concerning internationalization of higher education and online consultation19th July 2023
After the Cabinet meeting on Friday, July 14, the online consultation for the proposed legislation concerning a more balanced and coordinated approach to internationalization in Dutch higher education (Wet internationalisering in balans) was launched. We understand that this proposed legislation may lead to additional worries and concerns among all our colleagues. Therefore we want to emphasize again that Tilburg University continues to be committed to our (international) employees and students. We are inclusive and stand up for our entire academic community. Tilburg University is analysing the proposed legislation and its ramifications for our university and will provide input for the consultation.
Wilma de Koning new Vice-President of Tilburg University Executive Board19th July 2023
Wilma de Koning will become the new Vice-President of the Executive Board of Tilburg University on November 15, 2023. She succeeds Vice-President Paulina Snijders, who will join the Board of Directors of the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) on September 1, 2023.
Dr. Marie Postma appointed Professor of Computational Cognitive Science18th July 2023
The Executive Board of Tilburg University has appointed Dr. Marie Postma as Professor of Computational Cognitive Science effective August 1, 2023. Postma’s research focuses on improving our understanding of human cognition in support of collaboration between humans and AI systems.
Endowed Professor of Broad Prosperity Kim Putters: ‘Do we choose a ‘fighting economy’ or a consultation economy?’14th July 2023
A new political era offers opportunities to address important transitions in dialogue. The consultation economy plays a crucial role, says Endowed Professor of Broad Prosperity and President of the Netherlands Social and Economic Council (SER) Kim Putters.
Royal honor awarded to Professor Emeritus Sylvester Eijffinger13th July 2023
On Wednesday, July 12, Sylvester Eijffinger was made an Officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau in his home town of Oisterwijk. Mayor Hans Janssen conferred this royal honor on him.
Connect & Care
Earthquakes in Türkiye and Syria: expression of support for victims08th February 2023
It is with deep concern that we have learned of the earthquakes in Türkiye and Syria. This dreadful situation is having an enormous impact on the people in the area. In our community, too, staff, students, and alumni are affected by this tragedy. We offer them our sympathy and support.
Ukraine: Info and support for students and staff
Tilburg University is shocked by the Russian invasion of Ukraine and sympathizes with all those affected. We can imagine that the situation has a great impact on the well-being of many students, researchers, lecturers, and other employees in our community. Tilburg University sympathizes with them and is committed to supporting all those directly or indirectly affected by these events.