Lifelong Development

Building a strong LLD organization

Building a strong LLD organization

On 1 October, a management team for Lifelong Development (LLD) was set up. Evelien Zwart, Director of VU Law Academy, is one of its members. “The management team provides a formal basis for jointly developing, organizing, communicating, and offering courses and training for professionals. And that's great. All of the faculties currently offer their own programmes for professionals, but there has been no central organization and little overview in the total offer. We can now change that.” The management team ensures synergy across the faculties, in the areas of both operations and strategy. “We will soon be organizing a kick-off conference to determine what we will start with and what we will do later. Our tasks include communication and quality assurance, for example. But there are also many practical things we want to improve. For instance, the central systems have to be in good order and we are investigating whether we can acquire a better physical space for LLD activities.”

Professional development at VU Amsterdam

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“A good example of what we’re already developing together is the VU platform for professionals. Previously, every provider had its own webpage. Those pages will remain, but we’re now putting them all under one umbrella. The entire offer will soon be available on a central landing page. The website is still under development, but this prototype provides an initial impression.” “By working together on LLD, we can not only strengthen our offer, but also generate more awareness within the university. And that will have a positive effect on the willingness to cooperate. In this way, we contribute to the ambition of VU as an enterprising university.”

How does a professional find his or her way to the right programme or course?

Professionals can come to VU for educational programmes and courses that are closely related to their area of expertise, as well as to their personal interests.

New opportunities for Lifelong Development

Brendy Boogaard, the driving force behind the ambition Lifelong Development, wants to do everything possible to ensure that VU is and remains THE place for development for professionals—now and in the future.