University Prize for Niels Rietveld
Dr Niels Rietveld of Erasmus School of Economics will be presented a University Prize. During the festive ceremony of the Opening of the Academic Year 2016-2017, Monday 29 August, the University Research Prize will be handed over to Niels Rietveld. Christiaan Heij is one of the three nominees for the University Education Prize.
Niels Rietveld is already seen as an expert, involved in several national and international studies. He won a Veni grant within one year after his PhD-defence. Rietveld is also Executive Director of the Erasmus University Institute for Biology and Economic Behavior. The jury was very impressed by the quality, originality and interdisciplinarity of his research.
Christiaan Heij has been engaged in the innovation of teaching. He has spent much time in the development of the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) entitled "Econometrics: Methods and Applications". The jury was very impressed by the way he has engaged the Department of Econometrics in these developments.
Prof. Bruins Prize for macro economist Pim Kastelein
The Prof. Bruins Prize, which is awarded to a Research Master student with outstanding academic achievements and research abilities, will be presented to Pim Kastelein of Erasmus School of Economics during the Opening of the Academic Year. The jury is very impressed by the study results and the track record of Pim Kastelein, who obtained his Bachelor International Bachelor Economics and Business Economics (IBEB) with honors, followed by a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and the Research Master Economics. Pim Kastelein focuses on a topic that is very relevant in the Netherlands: pensions. For his PhD research Pim recently received a NWO Research Talent grant.
This year’s Guest speaker during the Opening of the Academic Year is Lilianne Ploumen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation of the Second Rutte cabinet and alumna of Erasmus University Rotterdam.