15 April 2019 • Hein Cuppen
No university of applied sciences students represented on new ISO and LSVb boards
The Dutch National Students Association (ISO) and the Dutch Student Union (LSVb) both elected a new board this weekend that will take office at the end of June. The gender distribution is fine, but there are no university of applied sciences students among them.
The new ISO board wants to give students more freedom. “Students have been under growing pressure in recent years”, states the newly elected chair Kees Gillesse in a press release. “This year, we want to focus on promoting a healthy student environment. We will make sure that the investments in the quality of education yield results.”
All five prospective members of the ISO board are students at research universities. Kees Gillesse (24) has almost completed his master’s degree in Constitutional and Administrative Law in Utrecht. At his university, he serves as the chair of the Degree Programme Advisory Committee and earlier he completed an internship with the D66 parliamentary party.
Prospective secretary Bas Litjens (23) is also a student in Utrecht, where he is finishing his master’s in Public Management. Cultural anthropology student at the VU, Laura Korn (21), will be the treasurer. Her experience includes a stint as secretary of the European Youth Parliament Foundation in the Netherlands.
The other woman on the new ISO board is math graduate Eline van Hove (24). She is the only one with first-hand knowledge of the universities of applied sciences, as she also studied at the Artez Institute of Arts. Prospective general board member Rico Tjepkema (21) is studying International Relations & International Organization in Groningen and is currently a student assessor at the faculty of arts. In the past, he was the chair of the youth section of the PvdA in Groningen.
New ISO board members: from left to right Rico Tjepkema, Laura Korn, Kees Gillesse, Eline van Hoven, Bas Litjens
Universities of Applied Sciences
There are also no university of applied sciences students among the five new Dutch Student Union board members, who will be getting ready for their new position in the next three months. Alex Tess Rutten (25) will be the chair and spokesperson. “We will work very hard for higher education next year. This is much needed in these days of cutbacks and growing inequality.”
Rutten is taking a research master Cultural Analysis at the University of Amsterdam. “As board member at the Amsterdam Student Union ASVA and chair of the central Staff and Student Council at the UvA, she frequently fought for more investments in education,” according to the LSVB press release.
Monty Aal (22) will be the vice chair. Earlier this year, he completed his bachelor degree in Politics, Psychology, Law and Economics at the University of Amsterdam. Prospective secretary Oumaima El Ghoulbzouri (21) is currently studying International Relations at Leiden University. As a LSVB board member she will be committed to accessible education.
Ruben Kleijn (24) will serve as treasurer. He studies Law in Nijmegen and was a board member at the AKKU student union. Prospective general board member Roos van Leeuwen (23) is taking a master’s degree course in applied ethics in Utrecht and worked for two years at the LSVb secretariat.
LSVb has shared that both El Ghoulbzouri and Kleijn completed a foundation programme at a university of applied sciences before transitioning to a research university. They have extensive first-hand experience with the university of applied sciences, affirms chair Carline van Breugel.
The new LSVb board: from left to right Oumaima El Ghoulbzouri, Monty Aal, Alex Tess Rutten, Ruben Kleijn, Roos van Leeuwen