President of the Executive Board
University of Twente

Job description

The president has an initiating and coordinating role on the Executive Board. One important task is that of conveying the university’s mission, vision and strategy internally and externally, and doing so in a manner that gives inspiration to others. The president represents the interests of the university when dealing with political and social organisations and the private sector, and in partnerships and alliances. The president steers the social orientation of the university and its regional and other links with the private and public sectors. Together with the rector, the president is also actively involved in strengthening international relationships (in Europe and in Brussels, with other universities and in business sectors). The president upholds the integrity, not only of the consistency and timeliness of the decision-making process, but also of the implementation of decisions that have been taken.

Your profile

The president is a motivated and inspiring leader with a positive and ambitious attitude, both inside and outside the university, and has strong unifying abilities. The president is able to articulate, concisely and captivatingly, the opinions of the university, not only inside the university, but also for the media at formal occasions and during informal gatherings alike. The president is a good listener, as well as a manager who can act decisively when the occasion demands it, but who never loses sight of the need to reach decisions carefully and to implement them in a similar manner. Candidates for this position should have extensive managerial experience and seniority, and a businesslike and international mindset.

The president understands the intrinsic value of a university and the managerial and organisational relationships in it, in which the participation bodies have an important role to play.

Experience in the engineering sector would be very useful, more so than a political or managerial background. It is crucial that the candidate is able to operate at the interface of technology and society.

The president does not need a background in academic research or teaching, but must have an affinity with these areas. This concerns affinity with the primary process and enjoying the company of students; they, after all, are the mainstay of the university community.

It is essential to have a feel for knowledge-intensive, complex and professional organisations, in which internal and external support has to be generated for the choices that are made. Candidates should be demonstrably able to reach strategic decisions in partnership with others and to implement them.

The president, once they have fully settled into the role, will have a keen eye on developments in science and education, which are primarily the province of the rector magnificus. This concerns the view from the outside world, based on a broad understanding of external developments - national and international, political, administrative and in the private sector - such as the programmes for the top-priority sectors.

The president is committed to development in the region and is able to operate effectively and with pleasure in the Twente area and its various alliances and working partnerships. Relevant networks will be an advantage, but the further development of networks is a feature of the position in any case. This is easier at national, rather than international or European, level. A European outlook is essential.

Our offer

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Information and application

Egon Zehnder will assist in this procedure.
Candidates are asked to express their interest by sending a cover letter and recent resume to before Sunday 21st, 2021.

All applications will be treated confidentially.

About the organization

University of Twente (UT)

University of Twente (UT) has entered the new decade with an ambitious, new vision, mission and strategy. As ‘the ultimate people-first university of technology' we are rapidly expanding on our High Tech Human Touch philosophy and the unique role it affords us in society. Everything we do is aimed at maximum impact on people, society and connections through the sustainable utilisation of science and technology. We want to contribute to the development of a fair, digital and sustainable society through our open, inclusive and entrepreneurial attitude. This attitude permeates everything we do and is present in every one of UT's departments and faculties. Building on our rich legacy in merging technical and social sciences, we focus on five distinguishing research domains: Improving healthcare by personalised technologies; Creating intelligent manufacturing systems; Shapi

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