Author Archives: Evolucio

First London meet-up

Last Saturday May 6th, the first official LUC check-in took place in Shoreditch in London. LUC alumni from all years were present – some of them already part of the work force whereas others were still studying. The event was hosted by LUC representative dr. David Zetland (Assistant Professor in Economics at LUC The Hague) to have a drink, catch up with old friends, meet new people and learn about some of the developments of LUC.

UK Alumni Meeting 06-05-2017

Picture by Tessel van der Putte

Alumni network and international chapters
Through Evolucio the increasing number of LUC graduates are able to stay in touch with fellow LUC students from different generations, learn from each other’s experiences, and ask for advice when needed. This way you can benefit from the community long after you graduate. Next to organizing interesting events and lectures in The Hague, Evolucio is organizing different international LUC check-ins for graduates who are pursuing a career abroad.

The first of these international meet-ups was in London. A logical choice, as the British capital is a favoured destination for many graduates of LUC. Many of the LUC graduates started pursuing post-graduate degrees from some of the world-class universities in the city of London (LSE, King’s College, UCL) or started working there. Furthermore, London is also a logical choice as it is well connected with the rest of the UK and even the European continent (for now).

UK Alumni Meeting 06-05-2017_2

Picture by Tessel van der Putte

Results Evolucio Winter Gathering

An important step in the development of LUC is staying in touch with you, our alumni. To centralize these efforts, Annemieke van Ast (LUC Recruitment and Communication), David Zetland (Assistant Professor of Economics) and Felipe van de Kerkhof (LUC The Hague Class of 2016) are now working on further developing Evolucio. The first of the new Evolucio 2.0 events was organized on December 17th of last year, it was great seeing so many of you again!

The alumni were welcomed by Lieke Schreel (Educational Director), who’s been involved with LUC from the start. Everyone was then invited to participate in focus groups to talk about their expectations of the alumni network and their experiences after leaving LUC.

In general you stressed you wanted to have the opportunity to continue learning and meeting up with your LUC peers, both formally and informally and in different alumni chapters in big LUC hubs (like London, Edinburgh, Berlin). In the meetings it became clear that the alumni expected LUC to take the lead in setting up these kind of events.

The alumni enjoyed receiving the newsletters and alumni spotlights. Furthermore, it was mentioned that you would like to be kept up to date about special achievements of professors and students, and be introduced to new staff members. Long story short: you want to be kept up to date with what was going on at LUC.

Finally, it was stressed you would love to see some sort of infrastructure in place where you can ask each other for advice, share experiences, and communicate job openings with each other.

We appreciate your feedback and have taken a few first steps towards meeting your wishes:

  • The first UK alumni event will take place on the 6th of May in London. Read more…
  • The alumni newsletter will be sent out every two months (with an occassional special edition in between)
  • On the 19th of April we are organising an alumni panel session about Capstone Experiences to bring LUC alumni and current students together. Read more…
  • The LUC LinkedIn network is being improved and now offers new opportunities for LUC alumni to connect. Read more…

To stay connected with alumni university wide, check out the Leiden University Mentor Network.

Please find an overview of Evolucios Workchart below:

Alumni Infographic

Download full size PDF

Comments and suggestions are always welcome!

Save the Date: 6 May 2017 – London Gathering

Banner London_small

Please save the date for our first official alumni get-together in London!
We would like to invite all our alumni who are currently living in the UK to join us for drinks on the 6th of May.

LUC is hosting it’s first alumni gathering of the year, starting with London! Dr. David Zetland, Economics teacher and academic adviser at LUC, will be there representing Evolucio/LUC.

Join us for some nice drinks, and an opportunity to catch up with old friends and meet some new friends. We hope you can make it, receive an update on LUC news, learn about how to get involved in forming our London chapter, and be part of the first LUC reunion!

To register for the drinks reception, please sign up here.
After registration we will keep you up to date about the time and location of the event.

Share your capstone experiences

Capstone Session_smallWe are organising a panel session on the 19th of April to bring together our alumni and current students. The Class of 2017 is currently working on their capstone projects and it would be great if they could learn from your experiences.

Date: Wednesday 19 April 2017
Location: LUC The Hague Auditorium

12.30 – 13.30         Lunch (alumni only)
13.30 – 14.30         Panel session

If you would like to share your experiences and give advice to our current students, please send an email to

We look forward to hearing from you!

LUC The Hague on LinkedIn

We received a lot of important ‘room for improvement working points’ in the Alumni Feedback Sessions at the first Alumni Winter Gathering last December. One of the most immediate concerns, was to the need to introduce a way to stay in touch with old and connect with new alumni online. To subscribe to the professional  nature of the alumni network as well as to address privacy concerns, we were explicitly advised to not use Facebook.

Taking all of these comments into account, we decided to build on LUC’s already existing ‘infrastructure’ on LinkedIn. Even though we’re obviously still improving things as they come, we think LinkedIn is the right tool to build a great Alumni network together. Here’s an overview of how we can use it:

  • Please add Leiden University College The Hague under education so you will show up on the alumni page of LUC. This way LUC can more easily connect with the alumni, and the alumni can connect amongst themselves (we’re working on getting our the LUC The Hague logo there. Strangely enough, this is not as easy as you might think)
  • Ask to become a member of the Evolucio – LUC The Hague alumni group on LinkedIn. This group can be used to ask other alumni for advice or exchange job openings or interesting events. At the moment, about a third of the LUC alumni is already in this group.
  • Follow the Leiden University College The Hague Company page to receive updates on LUC.

Comments and suggestions on how to improve our online activity are welcome and appreciated. Please send an e-mail to

Alumni Spotlight: Theresa Lieb (Class of 2015)

After obtaining her BSc in International Development[1] at LUC, Theresa Lieb (25, Class of 2015) took a year off from studying to get some practical experience. She went to Brazil where she did an internship for the German Development Bank (KfW) working on financing the transition to renewable energy in Brazil. After that, she stayed in Brazil to intern with the German Development Service (GIZ) in their “Green Economy” project. Earlier this year, she started an MPhil in Environmental Change and Management at the University of Oxford.


Where did you go to school before LUC?
Originally, I come from Germany, where I did a ‘regular’ Gymnasium.

How did you like being at LUC?
I definitely enjoyed my courses and the small-scale teaching style at LUC. I made some great friends there, for the rest of my life. The experience at LUC was rather intense and you always had lots to do, especially in terms of essay writing. But, in a way, getting used to the work load has been very helpful for my later internships and current study at the University of Oxford.

You graduated LUC with a major in International Development, do you feel like that left you well prepared for your internships and Oxford?
The biggest take away for me was how to do research and write papers, applying different methodologies, as well as thinking critically and structurally. I still use these skills all the time.

In terms of direct contents it´s a bit more complicated because I am studying a slightly different topic now. But I am using environmental economics again. Also, some of my knowledge on institutional design, policy making and natural resource management is still helpful as background theory.

At LUC we deal with global challenges and are taught to dream big. So, which global challenge are you going to solve in the future?
I am now focusing a lot on environmental issues and also learning much about climate change, so I will definitely be working on treating our planet more sustainably. I am, specifically, interested in the future of food systems spanning from climate-smart agriculture to plant-based diets and urban food governance. But you can´t really solve any global challenge without systems thinking, so what is really required is structural change and more cooperation and communication between fields to reach that.

[1] For graduates after 2016, the major in International Development has been combined with the major in Policy Science to form the major Governance, Economics and Development at LUC.

Winter Alumni Gathering

Dear LUC Alumni,

We would like to officially invite you all to LUC’s first  Winter Alumni Gathering! Join us and catch up with your fellow LUC graduates and LUC staff, learn more about the LUC developments, share your stories and enjoy a drink.


Date:           Saturday 17 December 2016
Time:           16.00 – 18.30
Location:    LUC The Hague, Anna van Buerenplein 301, The Hague

16.00 – 16.30    Welcome & Registration
16.30 – 16.50   Update by the College Board
16.50 – 17.10   Round table session on the alumni network: What can we do for you?
17.10 – 17.30   Share your story
17.30 – 18.30   Drinks @ Coasters (student bar)

We kindly request you to register for this event using our online form.
We hope to see many on the 17th!

If you don’t live in The Netherlands, but would still like to be connected and have some drinks with fellow LUC graduates abroad (e.g. in London or Berlin), please send an e-mail to and we will bring graduates in touch!

Alumni Spotlight: Hylke de Sauvage Nolting (Class of 2016)

Hylke de Sauvage Nolting (22, Class of 2016) did not waste any time after graduating from Leiden University College The Hague. Almost immediately after receiving his BA  in ‘World Politics’, he got on a plane to his next destination: the prestigious Yenching Academy to study Politics and International Relations at Peking University in Beijing, China.


Where did you go to school before LUC?

I completed my VWO at Unic in Utrecht. This is one of the most progressive schools in The Netherlands, with a lot of freedom for the students and a focus on the development of skills, not just on gaining knowledge. Before coming to LUC, I took a gap year to work and explore a little bit of the world. I have always travelled quite a bit with my parents, but going out there by myself really was a great experience!

How did you like being at LUC?

In retrospect, I could not have made a better decision than coming to LUC. It has been the place where I have been able to develop all different kinds of skills and where I have gained a lot of knowledge about all these different subjects and academic areas!  The focus on preparation, in-class participation, the courses, the professors, the level of education and my fellow students have made my time at LUC very special. I also liked that because you live on campus for two years you get this great community feeling. I always felt quite proud to be part of this community!

You graduated LUC with a major in World Politics, do you feel like that left you well prepared for Yenching Academy?

Some things are very similar to LUC, and that is also the reason that I like Yenching: it is an international environment in which you can learn from and become friends with people from all over the world; the program is interdisciplinary, providing me with the opportunity to choose a wide variety of courses; having small classes, the program is based on student participation; and both LUC and Yenching are small-scale colleges, where you have the opportunity to get to know most students and professors very well.

At LUC we deal with global challenges and are taught to dream big. So, which  global challenge are you going to solve in the future?

Looking around, there are obviously many global issues that need to be solved. I feel like having studied at LUC and now at Yenching Academy allowed me to delve into these problems even more. With my background and interests I think I would mostly focus on tackling income and wealth inequality, both within The Netherlands and abroad. A man should have dreams right? Internationally, inequality is the main root of poverty. In The Netherlands, inequality is in my opinion the main cause of many societal problems. Overall, I think I would like to contribute to reducing inequality, improving the life of people.

Where in the World: Jessica Brugmans, Class of 2013


At the moment I am living in Pokhara, the second largest city of Nepal, snuggly nestled between beautiful Lake Fewa and the Himalaya. When I’m not completely distracted by the awesome views inviting exploratory hikes all around, I am working at my internship at Bioversity International. Pokhara and Bioversity are not just my place of work, but also the base-camp for fieldwork throughout Nepal that I’m doing for my Master’s thesis.


After LUC I stayed in The Hague for another amazing year, in which I got my LL.M. in Public International Law in Leiden. Even though the highlight of the program was learning to be a lawyer in the Telders International Law Moot Court Competition, I decided that court-life isn’t for me, or at least not yet. Therefore, I decided to head to Aarhus, Denmark for a MSc in Human Security. It is there that I rekindled a passion for climate change, food security and agriculture that the fast and dangerous world of international law had pushed to the back burner. Studying in Denmark is fantastic, there is preference for the small-scale student focused education that LUC has spoiled us all with, the local vikings are a good crowd and the hills can be scaled on a citybike. Still, after all these years of grassy fields and coasts I decided it was time for a change of scenery, which is how I ended up in Nepal.


The organization I am working with is, together with a wide array of other stakeholders, implementing a long-term UNEP project on the integration of traditional crop genetic diversity, in order to create a buffer against environmental change. This means that on several places in mountainous Nepal they are implementing measures to enhance biodiversity in agriculture. Such measures include among others community seed banks, participatory plant breeding and diversity fairs where farmers show off the plethora of varieties they grow. I am contributing to a framework that will ensure availability, access and benefit-sharing of the genetic resources farmers possess, and the traditional knowledge associated with it. Staying true to my interdisciplinary roots, this means combining the international treaties, domestic laws and policies, as well as customary practices and agricultural choices. With my internship I get access to not only farmer communities but also government officials, NGO staff and others to gather my own data on benefit-sharing that I will use for my thesis back in Denmark. I am for example currently participating in a workshop on seed systems that includes practitioners and experts from all over the world

12064147_10204908867867834_2013123372_nThere is a lot going on in Nepal at the moment, and its people and agriculture are infinitely diverse, which makes the work extra interesting and definitely keeps me busy for now. After this I get to return to Denmark for one last stretch of student life. What comes after that is still a little unsure, but so far it’s always worked out, and I’m positive that won’t change.


Evolucio Board 2015

Hi everyone! Hereby we would like to present ourselves to you as the new Evolucio Board. This year’s board will have a different structure then the previous boards. Therefore we would like to introduce ourselves and our positions to everyone. The Board of 2015 is comprised of six members, who have graduated in either 2013, 2014 or 2015.

We would hereby like to present the Evolucio Board of 2015:

PicMonkey Collage

Georgina Kuipers – Coordinator 


Hey! I am Georgina Kuipers, a member of LUC’s founding Class of 2013. I majored in World Politics and went on to get my MSc (Research) in Political Science and Public Administration at Leiden University. While I love hearing the stories of my friends traveling all over the world, I’m sticking with The Hague for a little while longer. LUC was my home for three years and I’d love to stay connected with the amazing people I met there – and all other wonderful future alumni – through Evolucio.

Odette Vriese – Event Coordinator


 Hi everyone! My name is Odette Vriese, graduate of LUC’s Class of 2014. I did a major in World Politics and started last year with my MSc in Public Administration, the track Public Management, at Leiden University. Since I was a board member last year and decided to stay in The Hague for another year, I also wanted to remain part of Evolucio. Together with Ruba we will organise a few different events for both alumni and the current LUC community, such as the return of the current affairs night – keep an eye out for that one! Above all, I would love to stay in touch with LUC for another year through Evolucio while also showing that there is life after LUC.

Ruba Nawaz – Event Coordinator

1235010_224122734404446_98046416_n What’s up?! I’m Ruba Nawaz. I graduated this year and already miss LUC, which only means one thing: be part of Evolucio! Apart from staying in touch with LUC and the alumni community, I hope to organize together with Odette some cool events this year to engage with current students as well. I’m currently doing my Masters in ‘Philosophy, Politics and Economics’ (PPE) in Leiden and also conducting a few independent filming projects in The Hague. Thankfully enough reasons to still hang around in The Hague, where I spent three amazing years of my life.

Lieke Bos – Online Coördinator


Hi! I’m Lieke and I’m from LUC’s founding Class of 2013, when I graduated in Global Justice. Originally from the Netherlands, I’ve since LUC wandered across Asia and Europe – both studying and working. I did a double masters in International Political Economy at the University of Warwick and Strategic Studies at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (NTU) in Singapore. Currently I’m working for an intergovernmental organisation based in Singapore, so drop me a line if you happen to be around or pass by, I’d be more than happy to show you around or give you any tips.

Ilene van Brouwershaven – Online Coordinator


Hi everyone! My name is Ilene and I graduated from LUC this summer as a member of the Class of 2015. This year I hope to further explore my interests in life by doing internships, voluntary work etc. The LUC alumni community is an interesting and inspiring one, one where we can inspire each other and profit from each other’s expanding knowledge. As an online coordinator I hope to contribute to this by providing and managing a platform for all of us to stay in touch where ever in the world we are! 

Eliza Grisle – Database CoordinatorAAEAAQAAAAAAAACUAAAAJGY2ZmFiMzJhLWVlZjItNGI5My04ZmYxLTM3Yjg4YmFhMmIyNg

 Dear all, My name is Eliza and I’m a member of Class 2014. Currently I am doing my LL.M. in Leiden and previously have worked at the ICC, OPCW and the Latvian embassy in the Hague. During the last years, both at LUC and when starting my professional career, I have learned to appreciate the importance of a good network. Therefore, I have joined the Evolucio board to work on creating a comprehensive LUC Alumni Network. Throughout this academic year I will contact alumni from all graduating years and ensure that Evolucio has a strong database containing our whereabouts, studies in progress or completed, internships, jobs, etc. Wishing you a successful year, Eliza


We are all looking forward to a great year. If you have any questions, remarks or ideas please do get in touch with us!


Evolucio Board 2015