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College Tour

As part of the Leadership Lab, Honours College students sometimes get the opportunity to organize a College Tour event where a high-profile Dutch or International guest is interviewed. This event is based on the concept of the homonym Dutch TV show. The College Tour TV show is inspired by town hall meetings during United States elections where the majority of questions are asked by the audience. In the version in Groningen, the audience is composed of both students and the general public. Everyone gets the chance to ask their questions to the guest of the night. This format tries to build a communication ‘bridge’ between high-profile personalities and university students.

Max van den Berg
Max van den Berg

2021 - Max van den Berg

Margrietus Johannes "Max" van den Berg (born 22 March 1946) is a Dutch politician and member of the Dutch Labour Party (PvdA). After his Sociology studies at the University of Groningen, Max van den Berg became an alderman for culture, conservation, traffic, public works, public transport, housing and urban development in Groningen (1970-1978). Max had a big influence on how the city planning in Groningen currently is and recently got recognition in the news for this. He also got praised as one of the main sponsors of the nomination of Groningen to healthiest city in The Netherlands. Between 1979 and 1986 he was the chairman of the party (ed. PvdA) and from 1999 to 2007 he was a Member of the European Parliament. Between these two experiences he has been the secretary-general of the non-governmental organisation Novib (1986-1999). After his experience at the European Parliament, he was nominated first Queen’s and then King's Commissioner for the province Groningen. Role which he fulfilled until 2016. In the same year he received the honorary citizenship of Groningen as well as becoming an Officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau. As King’s Commissioner he dedicated a lot of time and energy to the resolution of the earthquake case due to gas extraction in the Groningen province. Max is married to journalist and book author Geke van der Wal.

College Tour guest 2020: Khadija Arib
College Tour guest 2020: Khadija Arib

2020 - Khadija Arib

The prize winner of the Aletta Jacobs Prize 2020 was Khadjia Arib. Khadija Arib (1960) was born in Morocco and moved to the Netherlands when she was 15 years old. Nowadays she is a Dutch politician of the Labour Party and serving as Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Netherlands since 2015.

College Tour 2018 guest: Lilian Ploumen
College Tour 2018 guest: Lilian Ploumen

2018 - Lilian Ploumen

On 8 March 2018, former minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, former chair of the PvdA party and current member of the Dutch Parliament, Lilianne Ploumen, received the Aletta Jacobs Prize 2018. This prize acknowledged her substantial contribution as a member of the World Bank Group’s (WBG) Advisory Council on Gender and Development from 2015 until 2017 and as creator of the 'She Decides' support fund. The 'She Decides' support fund is an international initiative to maintain essential facilities for women in the field of family planning.

Last modified:07 June 2021 11.50 a.m.