Jacomine Ravensbergen joins the Executive Board of Avans University of Applied Sciences

Dr Jacomine Ravensbergen will become a member of the Executive Board of Avans University of Applied Sciences on 1 December. Together with Diederik Zijderveld and chair Paul Rüpp, she will be responsible for the day-to-day management of Avans.

Jacomine: “Avans 2020 sets out a firm ambition, which will be a great challenge to realise in practice. I am therefore excited to be joining Avans and working as part of the Executive Board.” Jacomine Ravensbergen will be taking charge of the education and quality assurance portfolio, among other tasks.

Jacomine Ravensbergen is moving to Avans University of Applied Sciences from Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (HvA). She is currently the Dean of the Faculty of Sports and Nutrition there. She also heads up the Amsterdam Institute of Sport Science, the Topsport Academy Amsterdam and the HvA-wide Urban Vitality programme.

After completing her studies in Medicine at Leiden University, she became a lecturer in functional anatomy at Utrecht University (UU), where she also obtained her doctorate. Following her career at UU, she spent many years working in various functions for the Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw) and for the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport. Alongside her work, Jacomine is also an administrator in the world of (international) rowing.

Paul Rüpp, chair of the Executive Board: “In Jacomine we are bringing in a board member with a keen focus on content and a wealth of experience in higher professional education. And a sense of humour. An important trait to have.”

A vacancy opened up on the Executive Board in spring 2016 following the sudden departure of its vice-chair Marja Kamsma due to an incurable form of cancer.

About Avans University of Applied Sciences

Avans University of Applied Sciences has 54 higher professional education study programmes, 29,000 students and 2,600 staff members. For a number of years, it has been one of the top three universities of applied sciences in the Netherlands with sites in Breda, ’s-Hertogenbosch and Tilburg. We are making a lasting difference. Educating professionals who are ready to enter the work field and make a contribution to the future. Developing new knowledge in education and society, in cooperation with companies, institutions and governments. Our students and staff work in multi-disciplinary teams, devising creative solutions that benefit society.