Nieuws - 10 september 2010

New head for research schools

Johan van Arendonk, professor of Animal Breeding and Genetics will be dean of the combined Wageningen Graduate Schools from 1 November.

Van Arendonk succeeds Professor of Nutrition Frans Kok, whose term ended in May. Since May Professor of Sociology Arthur Mol has been acting dean, but he did not want the job for four years. Van Arendonk was previously chair of the Wageningen Institute of Animal Sciences (WIAS).
Wageningen University has six research schools, amalgamated into Wageningen Graduate Schools (WGS). The dean is responsible for ensuring the quality of programmes and theses. He chairs meetings of the WGS and consults the Doctorate Board on matters concerning PhD candidates and theses, and the rector magnificus on matters of academic policy.
Wageningen Graduate Schools is currently investigating whether economies can be made at the research schools. One of the possibilities being considered is further collaboration between the six schools, which have already installed a joint system for registering PhD candidates. A few of the schools are also looking into the scope for setting up exchanges and joint courses with other European research groups.