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Contact and Meet the team

Curious to find out who we are?

The team consists of Bianca as the VU Graduate Winter School coordinator, alongside Celia and Helena 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.

This year marks the fifth term of VU Graduate Winter School. Until now, we have welcomed participants from over 70 different countries, and we hope you too will join us this January!

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

Winter School Support Officers

  • Bianca

    During her International Business study Bianca had the chance to study abroad and learn the importance of internationalisation. After travelling for several month per year her mind was set on working for the International Office of VU Amsterdam where she has happily been working since October 2017.

    “In my opinion internationalisation is truly important for an individual’s personal development, global cooperation, and solidarity. Moving our winter school online makes the programme even more accessible. The programme does not only provide life long learning but it also brings people together from all over the world. It is my utmost pleasure to be a part of this''

  • Celia

    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”

  • Helena

    During her bachelor degree in English literature and linguistics, she developed her curiosity for culture and people. She went on to complete an exchange in Edinburgh University where she spent a year studying amongst many other international students and discovered firsthand the value of working in an international environment. After graduation Helena became interested in education and worked as an English teacher for a few years before completing her master’s in Education. She has managed to combine her two passions: education and internationalisation, and is thrilled to be involved in the VU Summer and Winter School team.

Quality Assurance Board

  • Nana de Graaf

    Nana de Graaff is Associate Professor in Political Science and International Relations at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration. She is also Director of Studies for the BSc and MSc Political Science at this department and Programme director of the Graduate School of Social Sciences at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She was a Honorary Fellow (2016-2017), at the Department of International Politics, City University of London. Since September 2015 she is a board member of the Dutch Political Science Association (NKWP, Nederlandse Kring voor de Wetenschap der Politiek).

  • Bart Bossink

    Bart Bossink is Full Professor of Science, Business & Innovation at the Faculty of Sciences at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He obtained a Master's degree in Industrial Engineering & Management and a doctorate degree in Civil Engineering & Management at University of Twente. He was core member of the team that introduced the bachelor and master program Business Administration, and leader of the team that introduced the bachelor and master program Science, Business & Innovation at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He is chair of the section of Science, Business & Innovation at this university. He authored six books and 40+ scientific articles about eco-sustainable, technological and social innovation. He advised the Dutch government on eco-sustainable innovation in industry, and presented a TV programme about innovation in SMEs on Dutch national television.

We are here to help!

Feel free to contact us anytime.

+31 (0)20 5986429


  • Bianca
  • Programme Coordinator
  • Celia
  • Summer and Winter School Officer
Celia VU Amsterdam Summer & Winter School
  • Helena
  • Summer and Winter School Officer
Helena VU Amsterdam Summer and Winter School