11 April 2018 • HOP Steffi Weber
LSVb and ISO choose new executive committees
National student organisations the Dutch National Students’ Association (ISO) and Dutch National Student Union (LSVb) both chose new executive committees last weekend. The change to the committees will officially take place in June.
25-year old Geertje Hulzebos, who is a veritable climber of the educational ladder is at the helm of the Dutch National Student Union. The new LSVb president ascended from lower secondary vocational education (MBO) to university of applied sciences (HBO) and is currently taking two minors at The University of Amsterdam, one in education and one in theoretical philosophy. She previously studied pedagogy at the University of Amsterdam, where she is currently also the president of a student council.
The current executive committee, led by president Tariq Sewbaransingh, will pass the baton to the newly chosen executive officers on 23 June. “This is a very knowledgeable and experienced team and I have the utmost confidence that the interests of all students in the Netherlands will be in good hands”, Sewbaransingh said.
On the same day, the executive committee of the Dutch National Student Association also changed. The central staff and student councils of universities and universities of applied sciences that the ISO represents passed a motion of confidence this weekend in the new executive nomination, with Tom van den Brink as the new president and spokesperson.
Van den Brink took a bachelor’s degree in business administration and organisation at the University of Utrecht where he is currently completing a master’s degree in public management. During his studies, he wrote a dissertation on the Education Inspectorate and worked for an educational consultancy. He has already gained experience as a spokesperson as a member of the executive board of the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDJA) party.
Under his leadership, the ISO will among other things be a strong voice for student well-being. Van den Brink: “Greater expectations are being placed on students which means an increasing pressure to perform and the possible threat of burn-out. To ensure that students are able to develop to the best of their ability, it is very important that more attention is given to their well-being.”