It is with great pleasure that the Supervisory Board of Wageningen University reappoints Prof. Arthur P.J. Mol to the positions of Vice President of the Executive Board and Rector Magnificus of Wageningen University for a period of four years. Mol has held these positions since 1 June 2015.
During his first four years as Rector Magnificus, he dedicated himself to strengthening and improving education infrastructure. This helped offset the growth in student numbers without coming at the cost of quality, as evidenced by the university’s unaffected, excellent position in the Guide to Higher Education (Keuzegids) and the recent accreditation report. WUR continued to shine in the international rankings of its domains as well. Innovating educational concepts, such as blended learning, also received a great deal of special attention, resulting in the launch of the first, full-fledged online Master’s programme and the accreditation of MOOCs from partner universities in the curriculum. Wageningen University’s financial position has since improved in such a way that our team of lecturers can now keep pace with student numbers.
Strengthening the quality of research
Strengthening the quality of research has been a top priority and was successful thanks to the thriving and persistent usage of the tenure track. Seeking out and finding collaborative partners has also contributed and led to participation in the 4TU partnership and the arrival of IMEC was accompanied by an entirely new and relevant field of study. In the past few years, WUR facilities have been expanded with the addition of the Data Competence Center. It is also worth noting that Prof. Mol led the charge in WUR embracing the concept of open science.
Mol is an environmental expert and sociologist who has been the Environmental Policies chair holder since 2000. From 2009 to 2014, he was the director of the Wageningen School of Social Sciences as well as a member of the Doctorate Board. His main research themes are globalisation, social theory and environmental issues, ecological modernisation, sustainable production and consumption, informational governance, and urban environment policy. His research extends across several continents.