Jeroen Torenbeek and Inez Meurs both are allrounders in the field of Internationalising Higher Education. Although they work from different, complementary perspectives, they share one fundamental conviction: never think of something of which the implementation is not arguably simple and feasible. When advising on the set-up of a Summer School on an assumingly less desirable location, prove the feasibility by running it the first year. When you are convinced an organisation will benefit from a more tight structure, manage it yourself for a while. And when running a project, always connect the policymakers with the implementers. Or, even better, get the policymakers to implement their own plans, and generate input from the implementers.Continue Reading
Upon request both Inez Meurs and Jeroen Torenbeek give presentations, participate in forum discussions and provide training courses in the field of internationalisation of Higher Education.
Since 2005 Inez and Jeroen offer training courses for the European Association of International Education. Initially on managing an International Relations Office, later mainly on International Project Management and running Summer Schools. Inez also offered training courses on Internationalisation at Home.
The last couple of years Inez and Jeroen trained and presented in cities like Athens, Atlanta, Girona, Capetown, Groningen, Taipei, Washington and numerous other places. Together and separately Inez and Jeroen also performed in the context van EAIE, AIEA, APAIE, ISEP and IEASA.Continue Reading
There are several reasons to work with an interim manager. Sometimes a strong hand is needed in a reorganisation process, sometimes an organisation wants to buy time before decisions are being made on a new structure. Ziggurat offers interim management in both types of situations.
In 1999 – 2000 Jeroen acted as interim director at the EAIE. The short-term goal was to keep the organisation going, the medium-term goal was to recruit a new director, and the larger purpose was to create a financially healthy situation for the organisation.Continue Reading
Virtually anyone can use good advice sometimes (which does not automatically have to be expensive). We advised on stalled relationships within the university, on projects that got out of hand, but also on completely new initiatives. And not unimportant; we usually did so also getting our own hands dirty.
Some examples from the past: in 2002 Jeroen advised the Greek Minister of Education and religion on aspects of internationalisation of higher education. And in 2006 he advised a Dutch municipality in the establishment and shaping of a new form of higher education. Inez and Jeroen also coached a number of colleagues in recent years.
In 2011 and 2012 Inez led a large project for the OECD in Paris. Dutch stakeholders were the Ministry of Education, the Vereniging Hogescholen (organisation of Universities for Applied Sciences) and the VSNU (organisation of the Research Universities).
After Jeroen’s experience with the Utrecht Summer School Ziggurat contributed to the success of a number of other Summer Schools. In Almere (Netherlands) and Biella (Italy), we advised on the design of new Summer Schools and launched these effectively. In others, for example Barcelona, Tilburg and Leeds we advised on the content or other specific aspects.
In Almere, this led in 2010 to a first edition with immediately 170 students. A great start, especially since higher education in Almere was still being shaped.
Additionally Inez and Jeroen advised various ministries on the field of Summer Schools, including the Danish Ministry of Education and Technology and the Indonesian Ministry of Higher Education.
Each year, Ziggurat also offers training courses on setting up Summer Schools, the last couple of years in cities like Milan, The Hague, Lyon, Birmingham, Götenborg, Riga, Venice.Continue Reading
Jeroen Torenbeek and Inez Meurs contributed to several books and wrote articles on a variety of apects of internationalisation of higher education.
Jeroen wrote several articles and was interviewed on internationalisation. He wrote a.o. for Transfer (the NUFFIC magazine) and its predecessor, Visum.
In 2005 Jeroen edited the first Toolkit of the EAIE, a practical manual on how to run an international office efficiently. Inez contributed to this Toolkit, and also contributed to the Toolkit Internationalisation at Home (2007) and the Toolkit International Project Management.
In 2012 a new book by Jeroen Torenbeek and Inez Meurs was be published in this series: How to run your Summer School Successfully. And Raabe Verlag published the first of two articles on starting a Summer School. Again written by Jeroen and Inez.
In their time off Inez and Jeroen write articles and books on history and art history.Continue Reading
Already in 1983 Jeroen Torenbeek founded his own language institute. It grew to be one of the leading institutes in the Netherlands. From 2006 to 2012 Jeroen led the language institute James Boswell of Utrecht University. After the Board of the University decided that language courses were no longer considered core business of the university, Jeroen successfully outsourced the activities and the staff to a privite party.Continue Reading