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International Strategy and Relations

The International Strategy and Relations (ISR) department acts as an expert advisor to the University of Groningen community on policy and strategy for internationalisation. It is responsible (in partnership with our university colleagues) for the development, implementation and monitoring of the internationalisation goals of the University of Groningen.

On a day to day basis, ISR is deeply engaged with the application, implementation and success of EU and region-specific projects as well as developing mutually beneficial relationships with national funding bodies around the world.

The department has oversight of the university’s membership of various international consortia as well as responsibility for the relationships with our key institutional partners. Long-term, ISR aims to create a strategic framework that supports the goals and policies of internationalisation throughout the university.

For an overview of international events at the University of Groningen, please visit our our news and events page.

Contact Details Visiting Address

Secretariat International Strategy & Relations


Tel. +31 50 363 3900

Broerstraat 5

Academy Building,

Garden wing, building 1118

9712 CP Groningen

The contact persons for the International Strategy and Relations (ISR) department are:

Name Area
Mervin Bakker Department head
Joyce Fongers Latin America
Jodien Houwers Europe, U4 network, Erasmus Mundus MSc
Regine van Groningen Central and Eastern Europe, Erasmus +
Xuefei Knoester-Cao East Asia, director of the Confucius Institute
John Falvey
Oceania and South Asia
Anita Veltmaat Sub Saharan Africa
Anja de Vries North America , Erasmus + KA2 and KA3
Maaike Wagenaar Middle East and North Africa
Tim Zwaagstra Southeast Asia and Japan
Jing Zheng East Asia
Wiebe Zijlstra Project Management, Sub Saharan Africa
Esme Bakker

Internationalisation Officer, Global South Capacity Development

Erik Haarbrink Project Manager, Coordinator International Cooperation
Ellen Hoekstra Secretary
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