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External Review

In 2014 an international review committee evaluated our  research and the training of PhD researchers. The assessment covered the periode 2008-2013 and was organised by Quality Assurance Dutch Universities (QANU).

The members of the Committee were:

  • Prof. Marcel Barnard, Professor of Practical Theology, Protestant Theological University, the Netherlands, Chair;
  • Prof. Chris Gastmans, Professor of Medical Ethics, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium;
  • Prof. Helen Haste, Professor Emeritus of Psychology, University of Bath, United Kingdom;
  • Prof. Stephen Linstead, Professor of Critical Management, University of York, United Kingdom;
  • Prof. Guido (Guy) Vanheeswijck, Professor of Metaphysics, Philosophy of Culture and Philosophy of Religion, University of Antwerp, Belgium

The university is pleased that the Committee was impressed by our research achievements in the recent past and gave good to very good scores for the quality, productivity and relevance of the research projects that ended in September 2012.

We are also glad that the Committee gave good to very good scores for the vitality and feasibility of the research of the three new departments that were formed subsequently. Although we do not share all comments on the fundamental study of humanism, we appreciate that the Committee recognises our determination to advance an open view on different theories of humanism and to take intellectual risks in crossing boundaries between disciplinary methods.

The university is pleased with the Committee’s positive assessment of our new Graduate School as a means to connect to professional fields and to further strengthen the university’s research programme.

We also appreciate the Committee’s endorsement of our plans to vigorously pursue the further internationalisation of our research, to develop long-term funding strategies, to intensify collaboration with a limited number of academic and societal partners, and to develop a clear strategy to boost the societal impact and visibility of our research. The Committee’s report also contains specific suggestions on how to improve these strategies, which we shall gratefully use.