Willemijn Nieuwenhuys is the Director of Higher Education Services. Since joining CIS as Assistant Director in November 2014, Willemijn has played an integral part in the strategic direction of many member programmes while working collaboratively with volunteers and partner organizations around the world, to ensure the provision of high quality membership and support services to facilitate international admission and guidance at the university undergraduate level.
Originally from The Netherlands, Willemijn spent more than a decade abroad in Belgium and South Asia. Prior to joining CIS she spent six years as the Director of Student Recruitment & External Relations at Vesalius College, an English-language undergraduate college in Brussels. Her responsibilities included the development of student recruitment, marketing and communication strategies. In that capacity she participated in numerous CIS fairs and presented at the CIS Forum on a variety of topics, involving admission requirements, recruiting in Europe, and country specific education systems in the region. Willemijn has a wide range of work and travel experience, including the United Nations in Nepal, where she managed relations with local communities to improve human rights in the country. During that time, she worked closely with volunteers from all different parts of society. Willemijn’s commitment to service, both personally and professionally, impressed everyone at CIS.
Willemijn holds a master’s degree in Social Psychology from Leiden University.