Professor K.C.A.M. (Karel) Luyben has been appointed by Delft University of Technology’s Supervisory Board as the university’s new Rector. Luyben is currently Dean of the university’s Faculty of Applied Sciences, a post he has held since 1 April 1998, he will take up office on 1 January 2010.
Luyben succeeds Professor Jacob Fokkema, Rector Magnificus since 1 January 2002. His appointment has been unanimously endorsed by both the Executive Board, the Works Council and the Student Council.
In collaboration with Council of Professors, the Supervisory Board sought a person capable of developing TU Delft’s position as a leading international university of technology at the Executive Board level in a time of major challenges. These include changes in research funding and increasing international cooperation in education and research.
Given his extensive experience as a scientist, tutor and academic administrator, the Supervisory Board believes Karel Luyben is the right person for the post. He has a focus on the quality of education and research, and by promoting intra- university and inter- university collaboration, Luyben has created a flourishing faculty.
As an administrator he is known for his energy, drive and creative abilities. Alongside his duties as dean, he has pursued numerous other activities within the university and on the national stage. He is, for example, a member of the main board of Kivi Niria, the Royal Institute of Engineers in the Netherlands.