Members of the University Council

The University Council consists of 12 student members and 12 staff members, all of whom are chosen by the university's community.

The University Council represents the Erasmian community at the most central level. By asking questions, giving advice and being a critical friend, the University Council aims to achieve the vision of "Creating Positive Societal Impact, the Erasmian way". The University Council 2021-2022 will therefore be working on a more healthy, diverse, inclusive, and sustainable university to Create Positive Societal Impact.

The 12 student and 12 staff members are divided over six committees to enhance discussion, create progress, and take action. 

All of our committee meetings are public (apart from the Confidentiality Committee)! You can join one of our meetings, find the meeting schedule here

The FIN committee consults, on behalf of the University Council, the EUR financial department on financial housekeeping. This committee is comprised of three student members and three staff members.

The topics addressed in the FIN committee include the university’s budget and allocation model. The University Council may decide to convene the FIN committee to assess the financial basis for proposed decisions.

The confidentiality committee is an ad hoc committee that only meets when there is a specific reason for this. The committee consists of two staff members, two student members, the chairman of the university council and the clerk.

The confidentiality committee has the task to advise the University Council on:

  • The appointment of the Chairman of the Board;
  • The appointment of a member of the Board if the University Council is heard;
  • Other matters concerning the appointment of persons;
  • Other matters of a personal nature.

The meetings of the confidentiality committee are not public. Unless this is deemed necessary, no minutes are made of the meeting of the confidentiality committee.

Members of the Presidium include the chair, chair of the student body, and chair of the employee body. Together, they are in charge of the agenda composition and daily management of the council.

The powers of the University Council are specified in the Higher Education and Research Act. The basic principle is that the Executive Board, generally in consultation with the faculties manages the university. Due to the specified powers, the University Council can exert influence on decisions made by the Executive Board. On many topics the University Council has the right of consent or the right to advise. Additionally, with regard to all topics the Council has the right to be informed, right of initiative, and the right to be heard.

For many topics the Executive Board must submit proposals to the University Council to obtain their advice on specific decisions. The Council can then make its position clear by advising the Board. This can mean that the Council advises changes to be made to the proposed plans (or parts of the plan).

The Executive Board can only issue a definitive decision when the University Council has issued its advice on this decision. It is therefore important for the Council to convince the Executive Board using persuasive arguments that modification of the plans shall lead to better outcomes for the university.

The University Council has the right to all information that is required to carry out its work. The Council can therefore request information on practically any topic from the Executive Board or other parties at the university.

The University Council can make proposals to the Executive Board whenever it pleases as long as the proposals are well-founded and appropriate within the context of the central policy of the EUR. In this way the Council itself can also improve concrete issues at the university.

The University Council has the right to be heard before decisions are taken. Only after the Council feels that its opinion has been taken into consideration can such a decision be taken definitively.

Every four weeks, the entire council meets for two plenary meetings, the latter meeting is followed by a consultation meeting where the Executive Board joins the table.

Prior to making decisions or offering recommendations in plenary meetings, the various topics are discussed thoroughly in committee meetings. During these meetings the committee invites representatives and EUR officials to present on behalf of the Executive Board to answer questions, resolve concerns, and explain proposals.

On top of the six permanent committees, the Council also has smaller working groups (informal groups) to focus on more specific topics. This enables the Council to be agile, flexible, and efficient where needed. For example, some of our working groups focus on topics such as sustainability on campus, election system for students, the smoking ban, strategy 2024 implementation, higher education quality agreements (HEQA/HOKA) and more.

All of the University Council meetings and meeting documents, the committee meetings, (with the exception of the Confidentiality Committee and the Presidium), and the consultation meetings, in general, are open to the public. You can find the calendars and minutes of the meetings on this website


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  • Hans van den Berg

    Chair of the University Council of the Presidium and HoKa

    As Chair Hans will represent the Council, maintain and build relations with external stakeholders, and lead formal meetings. Hans will focus on increasing participation, visibility of the Council, strengthening the internal process, but above all be the Council’s ambassador


  • Lobke van  Steenbergen
    Administrative Affairs


    As clerk Lobke supports the Council by organising (official) meetings, organising events, providing (legal) advise, and strengthen the relationship with the policy departments


  • Jeanette Kars
    Assistant University Council


  • Oriana Morales Hernandez
    Clerk of the HEQA Taskforce & Minutes taker

  • Cecilia Arroyo
    Communication & Marketing Officer

    As Communication & Marketing Officer Cecilia supports the Council by organising internal and external events, workshops and trainings, updating the council's social media and website and disseminating relevant information to all students and staff.

Personnel section

  • Emese von Bóné

    I hope to realise internationalisation, interdisciplinary courses, more balance between female and male professors, more diversity and inclusion and well-being for staff and students.

  • Irena Boskovic

    As a member of UC, I want to contribute to creating and maintaining a positive, safe, and supportive environment for both Dutch and international EUR students. I am specifically interested in expanding the content of policies regarding students’ safety and wellbeing.

  • Georgiana Carp


  • Aleid Fokkema

    Aleid is interested in the overarching potential of EUR as a collaborative  community of students, staff, and professional services. She will advocate and promote activities that support the quality of education and will push for safe, reliable and transparent procedures in matters of policy and finance.

  • Ernst Hulst


  • Bianca Jadoenath

    Bianca is open to all issues that reach the Council, aiming to ensure different points of view are explored, connecting faculties and students

  • Sebastiaan Kamp
    Professional Services

    Sebastiaan wants to contribute to EUR being a welcoming environment. Special interests are cooperation between students, academic staff and support staff, fair and consistent policies and procedures, work/life balance and an inclusive work & study environment.

  • Natascha Kraal
    Erasmus MC

    One of the topics I am contributing to is the Convergence, a collaboration between EUR, Erasmus MC and TU Delft. The Convergence brings great opportunities for research and education in solving complex societal matters. Employee/student wellbeing, work pressure and Social Safety are also important topics for me to address. We only can stay happy, creative and perform at our best when the circumstances are healthy in the broadest sense of the word. It is important to hear the voices of our community and to keep these topics on the agenda. Other important spearheads for me to address are Finance and Strategy. Last but not least it is nice to experience the collaboration within the University Council with a great mix of people coming from various disciplines. This creates a fertile soil for learning,

  • Nikita Schoemaker

    As a passionate lecturer I want to focus on improving education and educational innovation. I additionally want to commit myself to the position of starting scientific staff (e.g., PhD candidates, lecturers, and assistant professors), who often carry out a large portion of our educational programs but also have to find time for their further career development, especially when they have a temporary contract.

  • Albert Wagelmans

    Albert wants to focus on the well-being of all members of the Erasmus community, but in particular he is concerned with the position of early career academics, such as tenure trackers and PhD students. Furthermore, he wants to ensure that enough attention and resources are dedicated to research.

  • Max Wagenaar

    Max will focus on furthering impact-driven research and education at the EUR, on building bridges between faculties, students, and staff members and on strengthening the relation between science and society in the Rotterdam-region. He hopes to contribute to the transition towards an inclusive and sustainable university which is firmly rooted in society.

  • John van Wel
    Professional Services

    John wants to focus on 'sustainable workforce' in the broadest sense, while strengthening and promoting the University as a whole

Student members 2021-2022

  • Cagla Altin
    As an elected member of the university council Cagla puts her focus on the mental health of the students, an increasing supply of study psychologists and more sustainability on campus. Let’s change for the better!

  • Simo Azzarhouni
    Simo is committed to the rights and well-being of students. This is necessary (especially in these times) because of the obstacles and problems students experience. The students should (and deserve) be able to focus optimally on their studies, whereby the obstacles must be removed for them. As participant in the faculties of ESSB, ESL and ESPHIL, I see the need for interdisciplinary education. In a world in which globalization, a multiform society and the increase in digitalization are changing at a rapid pace, education should prepare and develop students in different disciplines. In addition, it is important that EUR pays more attention to inclusion and diversity.

  • Sandra Constantinou Juhasz
    As a second-year international student, I understand the practical and psychological difficulties other students might face. As such, my goals revolve around making the university a smoother and more enjoyable experience for students and staff. Matters I wish to address consist of inclusivity and diversity, the availability of mental health support, and improving communication.

  • Zohra Hayat

  • Pi Cheng Hu
    Pi Cheng is open to any issues that concern the university council. He wants to maintain and protect basic student rights, while ensuring mental wellbeing of students.

  • Patryk Jarmakowicz
    The year and a half of remote learning had its major implications on our lives, but now, it is time for a fresh start. I would like to co-create an environment in which every student feels like they belong to our community and ensure that our education prepares us for the future that we will co-create, the Erasmian way. Therefore, I want to spend this year on the Council hearing students’ voices and working with university policymakers on creating innovative education and an inclusive, empowering environment for students and staff.

  • Jasper Klasen
    Jasper wants to focus on professionalising participatory bodies, stimulate cooperation and coordination between faculties, and establishing basic student rights.

  • Daemon Kregting
    Sexual Safety and Mental Health, regarding both Students and Staff, are among of the highlighted items in Daemon’s agenda. Moreover, as ambassador of the Culture & Arts Student Associations Council, he also aims to have more facilities on campus for this demographic.

  • Robbert Rog

  • Friso Roos

  • Timo Zandvliet
    I’m Timo Zandvliet and I promised to represent the students. This is why my main focus is making sure that after COVID, students can follow lectures on- and offline, improving the wellbeing of the students and staff, and strive for diversity and inclusion.

  • Yusufhan Balci

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