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Caspar van den Berg new president of the Universities of the Netherlands (UNL)

22 February 2024
Foto: Piet Douma.
Foto: Piet Douma.

Prof. Caspar van den Berg has been appointed as president of UNL, which unites the fourteen universities of the Netherlands. Van den Berg succeeds interim-president prof. Jouke de Vries as of 1 June. The position of UNL president became vacant following the departure of Pieter Duisenberg.

Van den Berg has been professor of Global and Local Governance at the Faculty of Campus Fryslân of the UG since 2017. He has been interim dean of the same faculty since February 2023. The procedure for his succession as dean is expected to be completed shortly. Van den Berg will remain at the faculty in Leeuwarden as an honorary professor.

Campus Fryslân

Van den Berg on his move to UNL: ‘With great pleasure I have worked at the UG Campus Fryslân for the past seven years. Campus Fryslân is a unique faculty that makes a great contribution to the scientific education and research of the UG, but also to the tasks of the Fryslân region. In this, Campus Fryslân is a pioneer for other faculties and universities. At the same time, I am very happy with my new role.’

View to the future

Jouke de Vries, president of the University of Groningen, on the appointment: ‘As interim president of UNL, I am extremely pleased that we have found a new president. Caspar has made a great contribution to the University of Groningen and Campus Fryslân. With his experience and view to the future he can represent the interests of Dutch universities well.’

Knowledge society

Van den Berg: ‘UNL stands for the entire university sector of the Netherlands, a sector that is invaluable for our society and for the future. It is of great importance that the Netherlands remain a knowledge society at the highest level and I want to make an effort for that in the coming years. I am certainly going to miss Campus Fryslân and Fryslân, and I am glad that as an honorary professor I can nevertheless remain connected to the faculty and the region.’

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