What is PIE?

On 1 July 2002 the Platform for International Education was launched by a number of Institutes for Higher Education in the Netherlands.
The Platform for International Education (PIE) is a platform of Dutch organisations that are active in worldwide international cooperation in higher education and research, with the aim to contribute to global sustainable development.

 

Strategic aim

PIE is a platform for Dutch institutes that cooperate with partner institutes in the Global South. The overall aim is to contribute to global and local sustainable development, both in countries and regions where partner institutes are based and in the Netherlands. In doing so PIE aligns with the SDGs targeted by the UN – particularly SDG 4 ‘Quality Education’ and SDG 17 ‘Partnerships for the goals’.

The main focus is on cooperation in post-secondary education, in scientific and applied research and knowledge development, and in innovation through knowledge application. Cooperation aims to contribute to the knowledge capacity of partner institutes in the Global South by targeting human resources development and institutional strengthening.

The platform strives for a substantive contribution from the Netherlands to global sustainable development through international knowledge cooperation. At the same time this will enhance knowledge development on and learning about global challenges in the Netherlands, which PIE members perceive as of crucial importance for an open knowledge economy like the Netherlands.

Board members

Marianne van Dorp

Marianne van Dorp

Co-chair

Marianne van Dorp works for Wageningen University & Research. She is a Management Team-member of the Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation (CDI), active in capacity development and advisory services in Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Claire Hallewas

Claire Hallewas

Claire Hallewas is the Programme Lead of TU Delft | Global Initiative, the platform for science & technology for global development at TU Delft. Before she joined TU Delft in 2013, she lived and worked for several years in Jakarta, Indonesia, and in Brussels, Belgium, where she was involved in various projects in development cooperation.

Mishka Stuip

Mishka Stuip

Mishka Stuip has an MSc in Environmental Science from Wageningen University. Her background lies in Socio-economic valuation of wetland ecosystem services. After working at Wetlands International, she joined IHE Delft Institute for Water Education in 2007, where she currently works as Liaison Officer Bilateral Relations.

Tom Loran

Tom Loran

Treasurer

Tom Loran works for the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) of the University of Twente. He is managing the primary process of Capacity Development in the Faculty and is responsible for the internationalization portfolio of ITC.

Lau Schulpen

Lau Schulpen

Lau Schulpen works at Anthropology & Development Studies (CAOS) of Radboud University in Nijmegen. He worked for the Dutch development organization ICCO and finalized his PhD in 1997 based on a comparative analysis of Dutch governmental and non-governmental aid to India.

Arno de Snoo

Arno de Snoo

Arno de Snoo is a specialist in inclusive value chains and sustainable agriculture in relation to climate change. Arno has worked on implementing inclusive value chains for a number of international organisations and companies. He was a journalist on agricultural politics and environmental issues for many years. In 2015 he joined Van Hall Larenstein university of applied sciences.

William Sanchez

William Sanchez

William is the Program Manager International Cooperation Enhancement at the Education and Student Support Unit of Saxion University of Applied Sciences. He is responsible for the strategic development of international education cooperation activities, European mobility projects and institutional capacity development in Higher Education.

Mike Zuijderduijn

Mike Zuijderduijn

Position

Mike Zuijderduijn – MSc in Industrial Engineering and Management Science (specialisation International Development). After having worked for the UN in Pakistan and Vietnam, Mike joined MDF in 2001 and has been co-owner, Managing Director and Senior Evaluator since 2011.

Advisory Board

Members:

  • Bart Pierik, Director International Strategy Universities of the Netherlands
  • Emiel de Groot, Vereniging Hogescholen
  • Prof Dr Inge Hutter, Rector International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • Dr Eric Beerkens, Team Leader WOTRO/NWO Science for Global Development
  • Dr Marco Schouten, CEO Agriterra

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