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3 maart 2013

Meeting with The Bertelsmann Foundation

Meeting with The Bertelsmann Foundation Next Monday, the 4th of March, the Bertelsmann Foundation will visit the Erasmus University.

The Bertelsmann Foundation is a German non-profit organization that focuses on researching, publishing and stimulating the public debate on several topics. They are primarily active in political, social and economic issues. They operate globally and thave wide experience in generating data about innovative social policies. Today's meeting focuses on the exploration of possibilities for collaboration between the Bertelsmann Foundation and various research projects of the Department of Public Administration, including INSPIRES.

The chairman of the Bertelsmann Foundation, Aart Jan de Geus, will be part of the delegation of the foundation that visits the Erasmus University. De Geus is a former Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport and a former Minister of Social Affairs in the Netherlands. Also, Mr. Aart de Geus is Deputy Secretary-General of the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development). Their mission is to promote policies that improve the economic and social well-beijng of people around the world. De Geus is acquainted with the Erasmus University; in 1980 he graduated on Dutch law in Rotterdam.

The INSPIRES project is excited about the possibilities for collaborating with the Bertelsmann Foundation. Data about the construction and maintenance of a set of indicators for sustainable social policies will be very relevant and useful in work packages 3 and 4. A paper about Social Policies, made by the Bertelsmann Foundation can be found here.  

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