Let me shortly introduce myself. My name is Pascale Veenings and I am the new Ranking Officer within the School of Business and Economics (SBE). I have over 12 years of work experience within higher education, with a focus on academic counselling and policy and project management. In my free time I love to go camping with friends (hiking, pondering the facts of life at the campfire, etc.).
In my new job, I mostly deal with the bachelor’s and master’s education rankings. SBE’s BSc and MSc programmes feature in both national (Elsevier and Keuzegids) and international rankings (CHE- Centre for Higher Education Development in Germany – and the Financial Times). In my role as the contact person for the various ranking agencies, I make sure that our data gets delivered on time, and I analyse and disperse the ranking results once these have been published.
I try to learn from ranking results as much as possible. At SBE we value the feedback from all stakeholders (students, alumni, business partners, staff) immensely. That’s why it is important to us that all stakeholders take the time to participate in the rankings. All outcomes from rankings and internal evaluations (courses, programmes, etc.) are used to identify possible areas of improvements and are part of our internal quality assurance system. That’s why I am not just the Ranking Officer, but mainly Quality Assurance Officer. If rankings are used properly they can be very useful to monitor and maintain the quality of SBE.