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Prof Maurits van Rooijen

Maurits van Rooijen FRSA (born 1956) is a Dutch socio-economic historian and geographer. His research has concentrated on green urbanization and re-interpreting garden city principles. In recent publications he has promoted the concept of the “Global Knowledge City” arguing that in “the 21st century besides the need to blend urbanization with agriculture and manufacturing (the original garden city mission), global knowledge innovation should be at the core of sustainable urbanization.”

In 2013 he was awarded the prize for EAIE Constance Meldrum Award for Vision & Leadership. Since 2012, he has been the CEO & Rector of the London School of Business and Finance (LSBF).

After working at the Erasmus University Rotterdam in various senior administrative roles (1987-1993), van Rooijen moved to the University of Westminster, London where worked from 1993 to 2009. At Westminster, he was the founding Director for International Education from 1993 and then, from 2003, the Executive Vice-President for International and Institutional Development, reporting directly to the Vice-Chancellor, and a member of the university executive board and academic council.

From 2009 to 2012 van Rooijen was Rector Magnificus and CEO of Nyenrode Business University.

Van Rooijen became Rector and CEO of the London School of Business and Finance (LSBF), a private for-profit business school based in London, in 2012. He was appointed to expand innovation of all schools belonging to the LSBF Group and St Patrick’s College, London which like the LSBF Group, is owned by Global University Systems. Since 2013 he has been Academic CEO of Global University Systems, Acting Rector of GISMA Business School in Germany (also owned by Global University Systems) and remains the CEO and Rector of London School of Business and Finance. In addition to these roles, van Rooijen became Rector of University of Applied Sciences Europe in September 2019.

From 2009-2012 he was chairman of the Euro-Mediterranean University of Slovenia, and was, from 2008 until 2016, president of the Compostela Group of Universities, He has also been co-chairman of the World Association for Cooperative Education, a Boston-based organization dedicated to promoting work-integrated and experiential learning, since 2008, and was vice-president of the European Access Network, a London-based organization encouraging access to higher education for underrepresented groups, for over 15 years. He is an associate of Global Higher Education Consultants. Since 2015, van Rooijen has been Chairman of the High Level Council of GaragErasmus, which stimulates entrepreneurship under new generations of Europe.