Carmen Neghina
6 years ago

Prof. Koen Becking, Tilburg University President, joins the Studyportals Advisory Board


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Eindhoven, November 2018 – Studyportals, the global study choice platform, announced that Professor Koen Becking, President of Tilburg University in the Netherlands has joined its European advisory board. The company’s advisory board was announced earlier this year, and consists of seasoned, multi-disciplinary executives who have an interest in analysing and discussing the global higher education landscape, and share a commitment to steering it in a sustainable direction.

‘Tilburg University and Studyportals both have a commitment to the internationalization of higher education and a focus on quality over quantity with regards to international student recruitment. It is truly an honour to be part of the family that is changing the landscape of higher education worldwide and be able to advise Studyportals on future strategy and innovation that will benefit both students and universities’, said Professor Becking.

Edwin van Rest, CEO and founder of Studyportals, added:

‘We are happy to have Professor Becking on board, contributing to the wealth of experience in our advisory board. He has had a tremendous impact on higher education and is a strong advocate for transparency in a connected world, and the role universities have on society. Tilburg University has always been an innovative partner and recently, the university has reached a record number of students and improved its diversity.’

Professor Koen Becking is joining other European higher education innovators, which includes Antonis Polemitis, CEO at the University of Nicosia; Bert van der Zwaan, Rector Magnificus at Utrecht University, Eva Egron-Polak, Former Secretary and General Senior Fellow IAU; Jan Mengelers, President of Eindhoven University of Technology and Professor Jo Ritzen, Former President of Maastricht University and Former Minister of Education in the Netherlands.

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About Professor Koen Becking

Professor Koen Becking is President of Tilburg University since 2012. Koen joined Tilburg University from being CEO at KRO, the largest Dutch public media company. Prior to KRO, he was CEO at the Dutch Institute for Public Administration.

Koen studied Political Science and Governance at the University of Amsterdam and holds a PhD from Utrecht University. He is a fellow (MPA) of the Netherlands School of Government and currently Honorary Professor at the School of Public Leadership at Stellenbosch University, South Africa.

He is a board member at Brainport Development, chairman of the strategic advisory board on strategy and policy for TNO and chairman of the Brabant Startup Program, called Braventure.

About Studyportals

Studyportals is the international study choice platform, enabling students to find and compare their study options across borders. With over 150,000 published courses from over 3,500 participating universities and over 28 million users in 2017, Studyportals is the world’s leading information source for study seekers. Studyportals was founded from an international student organisation in 2009 and initially focused on the European education market. Since 2014 the organisation, headquartered in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, has expanded its services and is now also covering universities in the Americas, Oceania, and Asia. Its 200-person team includes 35 nationalities. For universities, Studyportals is a results-based channel to grow, optimise and diversify their (international) classrooms.

Studyportals has received numerous awards for its growth and social impact, including the EdTechxGlobal award in 2016 for best Education Technology growth company, the FD Gazelle award for #1 growth company in the Netherlands in the international category, and the ‘Change the World’ award from Entrepreneurs’ Organisation NL. For more information, visit




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