Jean Monnet Chair EU-ACT DIGITAL, funded by the European Union

Can big tech be controlled? Can the government ensure your bank card stays secure in an e-wallet on your phone? Can algorithms be prevented from discrimination, and social media from being flooded with fake news?

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Over the next three years, Dutch companies, NGOs, municipalities, and ministries will face 13 new European laws, all related to 'digitalisation': the influence of information and communication technology on behaviour, government, society, security, etc. This means there is work ahead for the current generation of students, who need to learn about the dilemmas and solutions that our society will face.

Without government regulation, companies take control of our data, rights, and behavior. To prevent this and regulate this, we need knowledge and talent. That is the theme of the Jean Monnet Chair at The Hague University of Applied Sciences.

The Hague University of Applied Sciences, through its bachelor programmes in European Studies (ES), Governance and Organisation, and Law, nurtures young public professionals who will regulate digital technology. Through podcasts and events created by and for students, we raise awareness of the importance of digital regulation in Europe for a safe and inclusive society.

The Jean Monnet Chair establishes a sustainable network involving governments, businesses, and students and teachers in The Hague's ecosystem as an international city of Peace and Justice. The professional field can inform vocational education about the latest developments. In the municipality of The Hague, for instance, there are plans to translate peace and justice into the digital domain.

The grant spans three years, from January 1, 2024, to January 1, 2026. Each calendar year includes planned activities such as public events; podcasts created by and for students; guest lectures in the European Studies bachelor programme (Political Challenges and Managing Organisations in Europe); university-wide minor EU Law and Governance; HHS Summer School Peace and Justice; field assignments with professional practice for the university-wide minor Challenges to European Governance; and in the European Studies bachelor programme, subjects such as Applied Research Methods, Facing Europe’s Challenges; Fundraising in Europe, and the Europe Desk.


Twice a year, an advisory board of industry experts convenes to contribute to the programme. As of January 1, 2024, the advisory board comprises the following individuals:

  • Bart Groothuis, Member of the European Parliament for VvD/Renew
  • Rogier Klimbie, public affairs advisor for startups, former Google
  • Gertrude Kort, advisor of the Centre of expertise ‘Europa decentraal’
  • Sandra Leenders, EU advisor of the Digital Affairs Committee of the Dutch House of Representatives
  • Lisa Vermeer, senior coordinating policy officer Digital Affairs, Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs
  • Witte Wijsmuller, DG Connect, European Commission


Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.

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dr. Mendeltje van Keulen