Graduates of UCM: Willem de Haan
"My name is Willem, I graduated from UCM in 2010 and am currently working for the Dutch Ministry of Health. At the ministry, I work on what is included in the basic benefits package and in particular medicines. I also work on international social security and cross-border health care policy. Two very different subjects that keep my job diverse and interesting. On the one hand, I get to apply the questions we posed in distributive justice: “what is the best distribution of health care resources under scarcity?” “Should all expensive medicines be reimbursed?” etc. So a big thanks to Teun for giving me the tools to do so! Moreover, I go to Brussels often and have lengthy, day-long meetings on cross-border healthcare and social security. Sounds like fun? Sure is fun!
So, yeah, how did UCM help me in getting where I am right now? Tutorial groups and PBL were pretty useful in mastering the skills you want/ need but in addition to that my focus at UCM (and during my masters) have also been of help: political philosophy. At UCM I topped this off with a bit of IR, PolSci, economics and law.
Thinking back to all the memories I have from UCM, there is one memory that comes to mind immediately: graduation. It was a hot day (thirtysomething degrees) and the Netherlands was playing Brazil in the World Cup. We ended up watching NL beat Brazil in the Lecture Hall, a truly unforgettable moment that made the day even better than it was (and I am not even that big a football fan)!"