Webster Leiden Campus is Celebrating a Big Milestone



Jean Paul Van Marissing

Help Us Commemorate Four Decades!

Jean Paul Van Marissing

The exciting weekend kicks off with commencement ceremonies on Saturday, followed by the academic conference on Monday, culminating with drinks and dinner that evening. 

It's a lot happening in one weekend, and you don't want to miss a second of it!

Prof. Dr. Jean Paul Van Marissing
Campus Director

Academic Conference - Central Theme:

Monday, May 22, 2023
Time: 14.00–17.00
Location: Stadsgehoorzaal, Breestraat 60, 2311 CS Leiden , The Netherlands


13.30-14.00        Registration and coffee

14.00-14.10        Welcome by Prof. Dr. Jean Paul van Marissing, Director, Webster Leiden Campus  

14.10 -14.20       Welcome by the Mayor of the City of Leiden, Drs. Henri Lenferink (TBC)

14.20-14.45        Opening Remarks and Address by Dr. Beth Stroble, Chancellor of Webster University

14.45–15.00       Break

15.00–16.45       Speeches from Panel Guests: various experts on topics

                              Panel discussion/Audience Q&A

16.45–17.00       Closing Remarks by Dr. Sheetal Shah, Academic Director, Webster Leiden Campus


Event:             Celebrating 40 years: reception and dinner with Webster Community

Time                17.30–20.00

Location:        Webster Leiden Campus


Sub-Theme One

Doing Business in a Changing, Globalized World

  • End of 1980s, beginning of 1990: Globalization becomes a buzz word, eventually leading to new business models on a global scale. Focus on free-trade agreements and liberalizing national markets.
  • Beginning of 2000: Anti-globalization movement becomes stronger. Nationalism (traditional values, cultural identity) versus globalization.
  • 2020-2022: Impact of COVID-19 pandemic. Dependency and vulnerability of global supply chain becomes visible. Is the pendulum shifting toward nearness/proximity (i.e., production facilities and subcontracting)? Is this the beginning of the end of globalization? How deeply rooted is the concept of global citizenship and global education?

Sub-Theme Two

Dealing with Adversity in a Digitalized World

  • During the 1980s, counseling was neglected and studying counseling discouraged (fastest way to unemployment). Today, worldwide, clinical psychology is one of the most popular studies. Why?
  • The last four decades (1983-2023) saw major changes in society. Compared to the 80s, nowadays there is less collectivism and sense of community. Much more focus on individualism. What is the right balance?
  • Digitalization, smart phones and social media networks have changed our daily lives. Living in an interconnected world requires new and different communication skills. Digitalization and interconnectivity, a blessing for most people. But for others - a curse, leading to feelings of exclusion and mental health problems. How to recover and be resilient?
  • Nonviolent communication and its implications in a digitized world.
Julie Sharon-Wagschal

Speaker: Julie Sharon-Wagschal

Julie Sharon-Wagschal

Alumna and Psychologist

Sub-Theme Three

Entering a New Era or the Beginning of a New Cold War?

  • During the 1980s, global politics was dominated by the Cold War with only two sides: the free world versus communism. In 1989, the Berlin Wall came down. As a U.S. student from Webster Leiden campus expresses, “It was spectacular to be in the EU at that time.” This was followed by disintegration of the former Soviet Union, with the USA remaining as the only world power.
  • After 2005, China becomes a world player and the second largest economy in the world. Today, more countries (Australia, India, Japan and Nigeria) are on the world stage. Exponential growth of the world population since the 1980s also leads to shifts of power. Nowadays, the world is much more fragmented, more complex and less predictable compared to the 1980s.
  • Moreover, the invasion of Ukraine by Russia has not only impacted the relationship between NATO countries and Russia, but many others as well, e.g., USA-China, China-Russia, Russia-India and Russia-Africa relations. Is this the beginning of a new Cold War?
David Solomania

Speaker: H.E. David Solomania

David Solomania

Ambassador of Georgia to the Netherlands  

Find Out More About David Solomania

Date, Place of Birth:

23 November 1973, Tbilisi

Marital Status:




Georgian Technical University (Tbilisi, Georgia) Department of Economics and Management in Mining - Bachelor's Degree


Clingendael Institute of International Relations, the Hague, the Netherlands

Professional Experience:


Attache, Regional and Multilateral Economic Relations Division, International Relations Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Second Secretary, Regional and Multilateral Economic Relations Division, International Relations Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs


First Secretary, Embassy of Georgia in Rome, Italy


Head, Bilateral Economic Relations Division (EU, USA, Canada), International Relations Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

1999 - 2003

First Secretary, Embassy of Georgia in Athens, Greece


Deputy Director, EU Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Head, Private office of the Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Director, EU Integration Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Georgia in Brussels, Belgium


Head, Analytical Division, Consular Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Georgia in Brussels, Belgium


Director, EU Integration Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to the Federative Republic of Brazil


Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Diplomatic Rank:

Ambassador Extraordinary Plenipotentiary


English, French, Russian, Portuguese



Sub-Theme Four

Human Rights for All or a Prerogative of a Few?

  • Human Rights in the 1980s versus human rights in the 21st century
  • Are international criminal courts/tribunals the way forward?
  • Human rights education - what is the right age to start learning about human rights?
  • Human rights violation in the context of Human Trafficking and Modern Day slavery?
H.E. Shefali Razdan Duggal

Speaker: H.E. Shefali Razdan Duggal

H.E. Shefali Razdan Duggal

Ambassador of the United States of America to the Netherlands



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Frequently Asked Questions

The commencement ceremony will take place at

Pieterskerk, Kloksteeg 16, 2311 SL Leiden, The Netherlands

The academic conference - The World Now (2023) and the World Then (1983) will take place at

Stadsgehoorzaal, Breestraat 60, 2311 CS Leiden, The Netherlands

The Anniversary dinner will take place at

Webster Leiden Campus - Boommarkt 1, 2311 EA Leiden, The Netherlands


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Webster Leiden Alumni Affairs

The aim of the Alumni Affairs office is to continue to assist our alumni community by offering benefits and opportunities to help them grow and develop. We also want to foster a relationship with our alumni so that we can give visibility to accomplishments and achievements within the Webster community. In addition to this, we hope that alumni can articulate the mission and the needs of the University to others. The local Alumni Chapter is a great way to stay in contact with your classmates or alumni from around the world. 

Leiden alumni have access to Webster’s worldwide network of alumni through the Alumni Online Community. Alumni can reconnect with former classmates, find fellow alumni in a particular field, and post their own personal and professional accomplishments.

Discover More Reasons to Join the Chapter

  • Connect to a network of nearly 200,000 Webster alumni worldwide
  • Make use of the Webster University’s Career Planning and Development services
  • Gain access to Webster.Careers: a career development resource website for alumni
  • Obtain The Economist magazine subscription discounts
  • Alumni Audit for Enrichment Program
    Conditions for the audit program: 
    • Audit students include alumni taking a course for self-learning. No academic credit is awarded. Continuing students cannot audit courses.
    • Alumni may audit one on-campus course per academic year.
    • Alumni may audit courses within the field of their previous study.
    • Requests must be sent to the Alumni Office at alumni@webster.nl.
    • The Alumni audit course fee is €100, books excluded, non-refundable.
    • Books are not required. However, if desired, they can be ordered through our librarian.
    • The Business office sends an invoice and when paid, the student is registered. Payment is due before the start of the term/semester.
    • No assessment, grading or certificate. An auditor is considered a passive learner. He or she may participate in class discussions, but may not do any exams or written assignments.
    • Audited courses will appear as "AU" on a transcript.
    • Confirmation of auditing a course takes place after the end of the registration period. Registration lasts for four weeks.
    • An auditor may register for a course until two weeks before the classes start.
    • An auditor may register for a course provided that space is available.

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The Leiden Alumni Chapter

Webster Leiden  Alumni Affairs office supports the Webster Leiden Alumni Chapter, which was established in 1986. The chapter is organized by a group of highly involved alumni. Along with the Webster Leiden Alumni Affairs office, they seek to help alumni worldwide to stay in touch with each other, to provide alumni with professional and social networking opportunities, to bring alumni together with current students and faculty, and to coordinate initiatives for personal and professional development.

Board members:

  • Sebastiaan Ruijgrok, MBA 2016
  • Niels Zonneveld, MBA 2016
  • Frans van den Bliek, MBA 2017

If you are interested in joining us for any activities or supporting us at an event, please contact our Alumni Affairs office:

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