Jo van Ham, © Bart van Overbeeke

The playing field of universities cannot be captured within national borders. But their direct ecosystem is often regional and their funding largely national. That clashes. If departing board member Jo van Ham of the Eindhoven University of Technology were allowed to change one thing, it would be this: “Let’s very quickly stop hassling about things on a local scale and at least see things in a European perspective. Discussions about language, about internationalisation, about selection at the entrance, all should be judged from an international and European perspective and agreements made at that level too.”

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Author profile picture Bart Brouwers is co-founder and co-owner of Media52 BV, the publisher of