Last Monday ScieneGuide published a list of “toppers”, people who played an important role in higher education last year. Our president, Anne de Vries, was one of them. This is what ScienceGuide wrote about her (in Dutch):
“Unimpeded by the fact that the PhD Network Netherlands (PNN) still does not have an “official status” in The Hague, president Anne de Vries (Tilburg University) continues to receive public attention last year. Sometimes it is better if you are not “officially” part of the negotiations, seems to be her credo. After all, it’s not about the position but about the content.
De Vries shows how you have to act at the right time through the right channels to address issues. She sailed flawlessly on the waves that Argos made with the reports on shadowy constructions around promotions – the “promotion factory” – at her own university, and also continued after questions from parliament were answered. The competition is only won when the match is over.
She is not afraid of making enemies, but only when all other options are exhausted. For example, under her leadership the PNN collided with both the University of Groningen and the CHEPS research institute about the experiment with PhD students. De Vries also found the document with the proposals for the PhD trajectory unimpressive – and said so. It would not surprise us at all if we will hear a lot from her after her presidency. ”
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