The dr. ir. Aalt Dijkhuizen Fund provides scholarships to talented MSc and PhD students and postdoctoral researchers at Wageningen University & Research who would like to visit a leading institute abroad to gain new, high-tech knowledge.
Aalt Dijkhuizen was the Chairman of the Executive Board of Wageningen University & Research from 2002 to 2014. The Dr. Ir. Aalt Dijkhuizen Fund was a parting gift, given to him by the Wageningen Ambassadors on the occasion of his retirement as Chairman.
The impact of your gift
With your gift, young and talented researchers and students can gain new, high-tech knowledge. Knowledge that is relevant to the question of how we can feed 9 billion people in a smart and sustainable way in the future. This knowledge can make a positive contribution to the Dutch expertise in this field, and the Dutch agri-food sector. The scholarschips are awarded by a board of Trustees, comprising George Lubbe (Wageningen Ambassadors), Wouter Hendriks (professor Animal Sciences) and Aalt Dijkhuizen himself.
Dr. ir. Aalt Dijkhuizen was Chairman of the Executive Board of Wageningen University & Research from 2002 to 2014. He is an advocate for high-tech approaches in the agri-food sector in the Netherlands. Dijkhuizen explains: “Oxfam Novib recently proclaimed the Netherlands the number one food country, with the healthiest products. We are champions both in technology and in knowledge. This expertise is used all over the world.”
The Dutch approach can make a significant contribution to the world food problem. Dijkhuizen: “In 2015 we need to feed 9 billion people. This needs to be done in a healthy and sustainable way, without causing harm to the climate, nature, or the environment. That is the challenge for which answers are sought in Wageningen and in the Dutch agri-food sector. That takes courage, creativity, and resources.”
With the fund Dijkhuizen wants to contribute to innovation: “We have many young, talented researchers in Wageningen. They are the leaders of the future, and will provide new solutions to the challenges the next generations will be faced with. With this fund, I want to give some of these talents access to the newest knowledge and technologies abroad. Knowledge that they will bring back to the Netherlands, on which we can build our research, and eventually strengthen the Dutch sector with.”
The Wageningen Ambassadors are alumni of Wageningen University who hold a leading position in society. They are closely involved with their Alma Mater and aim to build strong connections between the university and society. They do so by giving advice to the university, sparking public interest for the university and involving their network, and financing projects. Read more about the Wageningen Ambassadors and view the list of members here.
The former president of the Wageningen Ambassadors, George Lubbe, took the initiative to form the Ambassadors together with Dijkhuizen in 2003. George Lubbe explains what motivated him: “As alumni we should try to contribute to our university, it has given us an excellent education.” As Chairman of the Executive Board, Aalt Dijkhuizen valued the relationship with the Wageningen Ambassadors highly. Lubbe: “The ambassadors formed an important advisory board for him, which he often consulted.”
In turn, the Wageningen Ambassadors greatly appreciated the fact that they were closely involved with the development of their university. The mutual appreciation led to the founding of the Dr. Ir. Aalt Dijkhuizen Fund, a gift from the Ambassadors on the occasion of the departure of Dijkhuizen as Chairman in February 2014.
1972 Bachelor, Agricultural University of Applied Sciences in Dronten
1977 Agricultural Economics, Wageningen University
1983 PhD Economics of Animal Diseases, Utrecht University
1977-1984 Assistant Professor of Agricultural Economics, Utrecht University
1984-1992 Associate Professor of Agricultural Economics, Utrecht University
1992-1998 Extraordinary Professor of Animal Health Economics, Wageningen University
1998-2002 Managing Director Business Group Agri Northern Europe, Nutreco
2002-2014 Chairman of the Executive Board, Wageningen University
2004-current Member of the Supervisory Board, Incotec
2005-current Advisor to the Governor of Fujian province, China
2006-current Member of the Supervisory Board, Dutch Public Broadcasting (NPO)
2006-current Member of the Advisory Board, Struik Foods Europe
2007-current Member of the Advisory Board, Hendrix Genetics
2008-current Member of the Supervisory Board, Refresco
2009-current Member of the Advisory Board, Pictet Agri Investment Fund
2012-current Chairman Supervisory Board, Gelders Orchestra
2013-current Member of the Advisory Board, Oxycom
2014-current Member of the Advisory Board, Harvesta GG
2014-current Member of the Supervisory Board, De Heus
2014-current Chairman Top Sector Agri & Food