30 March 2021
Dutch Student Cabinet launched

Heleen (24) is Minister of Foreign Affairs

She is still working towards her bachelor's degree in European Studies at UM, but as of this week she is also Minister of Foreign Affairs—in the first Dutch Student Cabinet, that is. Heleen van der Velden (age 24) wants, together with her thirteen fellow ministers, to bring scientific knowledge to The Hague. This is so that plans for the future can be made sustainably and with a horizon beyond four years.

Student cabinet member Heleen van der Velden with UM president Martin Paul
Heleen van der Velden hands the ‘coalition agreement’ of the Student Cabinet to UM President Martin Paul. Photo: Philip Driessen