Drafting a national research theme

At the request of the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) we edited a draft common research agenda for all Dutch universities, titled ‘De digitale samenleving’ (The Digital Society). As part of the editing process, we developed and formulated a central mission for an internationally unique agenda: to become a laboratory for information technology specifically focused on the impacts on people and their societies.

Apart from a proposition we developed a press release and text elements to be included in all speeches marking the academic year opening.

A quote from the proposition:

“A particular set of characteristics provides the Netherlands with a unique opportunity: to become a global leader in connecting digital technology with the needs of people and their societies. The country can turn itself into a laboratory for designing, testing and implementing people-focused information technology. Such a focus could bring international recognition and would benefit the country socially, economically as well as scientifically.”

Download the proposition (in Dutch).

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