The Netherlands Ambassador visits campus

The Netherlands Ambassador to the UK, Simon Smits, visited the University on 20 Feb as part of the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution (BRLSI) ‘World Affairs through our Eyes’.

Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell, President and Vice-Chancellor, and Professor Jeremy Bradshaw, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International & Doctoral) welcomed our visitors before Martyn Whalley, Director of Estates, offered them a tour of campus.

The Ambassador took time to discuss the University’s extensive range of existing links with Dutch institutions and the potential for building on them with Professor Jeremy Bradshaw, Professor Catherine Montgomery, Academic Director of International Partnerships, and Professor Cathryn Mitchell, Academic Director of the Doctoral College.

In his Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution (BRLSI) lecture Mr Smits went on to cover key aspects of world affairs from The Netherlands’ perspective, providing an insight into how the country perceives its role and responsibilities in the global arena.

Professor Jeremy Bradshaw said: “Given the similarities between the UK and The Netherlands, two North Sea neighbours, it is perhaps not surprising that our ties with Dutch universities are so strong.  I look forward to broadening and deepening our collaboration with The Netherlands and the rest of Europe”.

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From left: Professor Jeremy Bradshaw, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International & Doctoral), HE Simon Smits, The Netherlands Ambassador to the UK, Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell, President and Vice-Chancellor, and Mr Roel van de Ven, Head of Press, Culture & Communication at Embassy of The Kingdom of the Netherlands.

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