Our people

Students are often the victims of policy and usually have little influence. Lots of local political divisions say that it's difficult to get a feeling for what students in Rotterdam need and want. We've seen these past years that when students do raise their voices, it can have big consequences. Like the #nietmijnschuld campaigns, when suddenly lots of things were possible. Students are often overlooked when it comes to making new policy, and this should change, also in Rotterdam!

We're going to change this by connecting students and policy makers. We can make students' voices heard at the political parties and educational institutes in Rotterdam. Sometimes that just won't be enough. That's why we are also prepared to get out and demonstrate!


Chair - Nathaniel Germain


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What's your name and what do you study?
I am Nathaniel and i study Nanobiology.


Why did you join STUUR?
I have been active for the #nietmijnschuld campaign in Rotterdam for a while now. Starting a campaign in Rotterdam was difficult, because there was no student union. When i heard there were students planning on starting one, i felt like i needed to join them.


What is something you hope STUUR will achieve?
I hope we can make sure that students are considered when making local policy, and that they are better informed about their rights.


What do you do at STUUR?
During the holiday i have been working on the house style of STUUR and starting the social media channels.
Now i'm mostly focussed on contacting student organizations. I also talk to the press.


What do you do when you're not working on STUUR?
I love to go out with friends, and i also started to learn to play the piano.

Secretaris - Marijn Prins


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What's your name and what do you study?
I am Marijn Prins and i'm in my fourth year of the study Marketing of Social Business at Hogeschool Rotterdam.


Why did you join STUUR?
I am absolutely convinced that everybody's voice should be heard. Policy makers have a big impact on our lives and most of the time don't really know about the issues were are facing. Sadly, getting in contact with politicians and other policy makers is usually really difficult. I joined STUUR to close the gap between politics and students.


What is something you hope STUUR will achieve?
Ik hope that for at least a few students, STUUR will close the gap between politicians and students.


What do you do at STUUR?
Haha, what am i not doing? I tend to work on communicational and organizational challenges. I am also busy trying to officially set up the student union.


What do you do when you're not working on STUUR?
I teach English and digital software lessons to high schoolers for Lyceo. I also really like to swim!


Treasurer - Jorien Veenis


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What's your name and what do you study?
I am Jorien Veenis and i'm in my foruth year of the study Marketing of Social Business at Hogeschool Rotterdam.

Why did you join STUUR?
I think it's important that students have access to information about difficult topics like tenency law. Right now it's often very unclear where you can get help. When it comes to interests, there are now dozens of associations and thousands of students who all have their own opinion. At STUUR everything comes together. Its a place where we can easily connect between students and policy makers. The connecting role of STUUR really appeals to me.

What is something you hope STUUR will achieve?
I hope STUUR will become a place where students feel seen and heard. That everybody knows how STUUR can help them en that we can be the binding factor between policy makers and students.

What do you do at STUUR?
I busy with writing the statutes and the formal establishment of the student union. I also keep an eye on our finances and help the communications team when necessary!

What do you do when you're not working on STUUR?
In my free time i like to be creative or watch a good series with a glass of wine. I also really like nature, so often you can find me in the forest or on the beach.

Political secretary - Sam van Leeuwen


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What's your name and what do you study?
My name is Sam van Leeuwen and i am studying the PABO at Hogeschool Rotterdam.


Why did you join STUUR?
I have been active in the participation counsil for a couple a years, and i have been runnning in to things that i would like to change. I also find it very strange that there is no student union in Rotterdam yet.


What is something you hope STUUR will achieve?
I really hope that there will be lots of conversations with students, and that the 'policy makers' really listen to them. You can only make policy about students, with students.


What do you do at STUUR?
I keep in contact with politicians, administrators of educational institutions, and other parties students get in touch with.


What do you do when you're not working on STUUR?
Doordeweeks sta ik 3 dagen voor de klas in het speciaal onderwijs (als laatste stage) daarnaast ben ik nog steeds actief in de medezeggenschapsraad.

Advisory board

Markus Burger - Chair

I am twenty years old and have grown up in Leiden and Aalten and live in Rotterdam for two years. I love literature, poetry and politics. My best attributes are creativity and diplomacy. I like writing poetry, articles and columns. I write freelance about the climate for The Harvest and I hope I can work as a journalist and columnist later in live.

I study journalism at the GLR and after this I want to study philosophy. I think it is important that mbo'ers are getting more involved with student participation so we can also maximise our power to fight for our rights.

I didn't finish Highschool, because I did not feel at home in the school system. Now I try my best to change this system so it becomes fun for everyone to go to school. This I do as member of the local actioncomité of #NietMijnSchuld, as general board member of DWARS Rotterdam-Rijnmond, as chair of the studentcouncil, with anti racism protests, the housing protests and with STUUR.

As member of the advisory board I want to support the board to have a democratic course of action. Also I want to make sure STUUR stays activistic and save for al students.

Mina Morkoç

Hi everyone! I am Mina Morkoc and I will support STUUR in the advisory board. Besides that I study law and fiscal law at the Erasmus University. Also I work at a law firm. Further I am one of the founders and at this moment chair of the board of directors of NILS Netherlands, a netwerk organisation of law students. In my free time I am busy with the Rotterdam politics, I write about my interests and when it doesn't rain I like to play tennis. STUUR was really missed in the Rotterdam studentlife, it is good to see that students in Rotterdam can unionise.

Jasper Schut

My name is Jasper Schut, I am a student and 19 years old. I study at the Erasmus University. It is for me important to to fight for a better world. Thats why I am active with Democracy movement 2025 (DiEM25) in the national board. Also I play rugby in my free time and I work as a barista. I did a cursus union organising, also I have experience with counsels and comissions from my highschool days. I think it is important to be supportive to the bigger picture. I hope that I can make a lot of people think about the world in which we live.

Alina Danii Bijl

My name is Alina Danii Bijl and I am 21 years old and student Media & Communicatie at the Erasmus University. At this moment I am also the chair of FNV Young & United and I am active with feminism and the union on Instagram and Tiktok.
I have been saying for a few years that if I wouldn't found the Rotterdam student union I would be the first member. That is also why I love to be in the Advisory board of STUUR. With my experience with advocating and campagning strategy I hope to strengthen STUUR. Cause Rotterdam deserves a strong student union.