The nomination committee proposed Asscher as a candidate for the chairmanship to Minister Dijkgraaf. The minister has agreed to this proposal. The committee welcomes the new chairman. Asscher’s very committed way of talking about connecting all sectors of education, especially senior secondary vocational education and higher education, convinced them of his enthusiasm. With his passion for education, his substantive knowledge and his ability to connect, he is an asset to the programme.
About his work for Npuls, Asscher says: “For me, it is essential to contribute with the institutions to the education of the future. Good for students as well as good for society. That’s what I want to actively contribute to as president.”
Asscher will start on 1 January 2023 and will be involved in building the programme. As chairman, he will appoint the other members of the steering committee, who will be nominated by MBO Raad, Association of Universities of Applied Sciences and Universities of the Netherlands. SURF will also have a seat on the steering committee. In addition, Asscher will play a role in the selection of the programme’s director.
About Lodewijk Asscher
Dr Lodewijk Asscher (Amsterdam, 1974) has been a partner at consultancy firm Van de Bunt since March 2022 and chairman of the Efficiency Task Force at the Collaboration Organisation for Vocational Education and Training Industry. Before that, he was a member of the Dutch House of Representatives for the PvdA from 2017 to 2021. From 2012 to 2017, Mr Asscher was deputy prime minister and minister of social affairs and employment in the Rutte II cabinet. From 2006-2012, he was a councillor in Amsterdam (in charge of finance, education and youth policy since 2010).