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Contact and Meet the team

Meet the team

The team for 2024 consists of Yota as the VU Amsterdam Summer School Coordinator, Celia and Esther as the school’s International Officers, and Mark as Digital Marketer. As your team, we’re here to answer any questions you may have before, during, or even after the programme. Our job is to make your experience at the school as comfortable as possible! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out via e-mail.    

Upcoming summer we are celebrating the 10th edition of VU Amsterdam Summer School! Over the past years we have received more than 2300 summer school students from over 70 different countries. We are looking forward to welcoming you next summer!

On this page, you can learn more about the Quality Assurance Board and the Summer School team. You can find contact information at the bottom of the page.   

Quality Assurance Board

  • Meike Morren

    Meike Morren is an Assistant Professor in Marketing at VU since 2012, after she obtained her PhD in Method and Statistics from Tilburg University. Her research evolves around sustainability issues in which she likes to use advanced modelling approaches to discover patterns in environmentally friendly behaviour. Recently, she has synthesized survey findings in cross-cultural meta-analysis, and conducted an intervention on food choices. At the moment, she applies Natural Language Processing methods to analyse text data. 

  • Silvester Draaijer

    Dr Silvester Draaijer holds the position of programme manager at the VU Education Lab, part of the VU Centre for Teaching & Learning at VU Amsterdam. Before taking on this role, he has more than 20 years of experience as a teacher, consultant and educational researcher. He holds a PhD in the field of testing in higher education. Silvester Draaijer has over 20 years of experience in advising on educational innovation.

  • Dr. Sanchayan Banerjee

    Dr. Sanchayan Banerjee is an Assistant Professor of Environmental and Behavioural Economics at the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) in VU Amsterdam. Sanchayan obtained his MS and PhD from the London School of Economics and teaches in areas of environmental economics, applied quantitative methods and behavioural science and public policy. He is a fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy.

Certificate Board

  • Role

    The Certificate Board assesses courses and handles extraordinary cases including student complaints, exam fraud, and is called upon in case assessment re-evaluation is necessary. It also analyses data from evaluation surveys completed by students.

  • Members

    • Frans van der Wel (Chair): on behalf of STOK (former president) 
    • André Ran: on behalf of the exam board (former member) 
    • Wouter ten Have: on behalf of Raad van Toezicht 

Summer School Support Officers

  • Yota

    Summer & Winter School Coordinator 

  • Celia

    Summer & Winter School Officer 

    During her Erasmus Mundus Master's Degree in Euroculture Celia studied in Germany, France and Mexico, where she discovered the value of intercultural exchange. After graduation Celia did a traineeship at the Academic Cooperation Association in Brussels and developed her curiosity for internationalization. In 2021 she started to work for the VU as a Summer and Winter School Officer. 

    “From my own experiences I have learned that studying abroad can be a life changing experience. That is why I always encourage students to go abroad and challenge themselves in a new environment, making new friends and learning from all different kinds of people and cultures”.

  • Esther

    Summer & Winter School Officer

    Esther Fris joined the Summer and Winter School team at VU Amsterdam as an international officer in 2024. She started working in international education in graduate school and holds a Master of Science in Sociology degree from the University of Amsterdam and a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies degree from the University of Groningen.

  • Mark

    Digital Marketer

    Mark was born and raised in the UK and now lives in the Netherlands. He is an international digital marketeer with many years of experience working in digital, primarily as a web analyst. Tech-savvy and curious, he works across both Summer and Winter schools in the International Office at VU Amsterdam.

Team VU Amsterdam Summer School

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  • Yota
  • Programme Coordinator
  • Celia
  • Summer and Winter School Officer
Celia VU Amsterdam Summer & Winter School
  • Esther
  • Summer and Winter School Officer