Vinod Subramaniam to become President of the Executive Board of University of Twente

Vinod Subramaniam has been appointed President of the Executive Board of the University of Twente effective 1 September 2021. With this step, he will return to the university where he previously worked as a professor and scientific director for many years.

05/12/2021 | 3:00 PM

Vinod Subramaniam: “It has been my sincere privilege to serve and work together with an inspiring community of students and colleagues at VU Amsterdam. We’ve come a long way together, and I’m proud of what we have achieved together as an academic community. There’s never a perfect moment to move on, but this new role is a unique opportunity for me, at the university where I started my career in the Netherlands. Thank you for welcoming me into the VU community and for being shipmates on our voyage together.”

VU president Mirjam van Praag about his departure: “Vinod has meant a lot to VU Amsterdam. We have worked incredibly well together in our Executive Board team. We are very proud that after six years of rectorate he will take up this wonderful position in Twente. We are going to miss him terribly but fortunately we are in a strong position, partly due to his efforts. Moreover, we will continue to work together intensively because VU and UT work closely together. We wish him the best of luck.”

The Supervisory Board grants Vinod Subramaniam this wonderful position at a university where he previously enjoyed making his mark in science, and accepts his transition with feelings of understanding, pride and loss. Ron Teerlink, Chairman of the Supervisory Board: "With the departure of Vinod Subramaniam, VU Amsterdam is losing a rector who is very involved with the entire VU community, with a heart that beats warmly for all students and staff. In addition, in recent years he has been a tremendous stimulus for the development of education and research at our university and has contributed greatly to VU's scientific standing."

Vinod Subramaniam (1967) was appointed as Rector Magnificus at VU Amsterdam in 2015 and was reappointed for a second term in 2019. Prior to that, he was director of the FOM Institute AMOLF in Amsterdam. Previously, he was associated with the University of Twente as Professor and Scientific Director of MIRA, the Institute for biomedical engineering and technical medicine at the University of Twente.

The Supervisory Board will be looking for a successor who, together with the Executive Board, can keep the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam on track from 1 September. All parts of the university will be involved in the recruitment procedure.