On March 29, 2019, Prof Dr Henk Langendijk said goodbye as a professor at Nyenrode Business University. In Nyenrode’s Pfizer room, he delivered his farewell speech titled: ‘The (un)true and fair view of the annual financial statements and the position of the auditor.’ His most important advice is to have auditors appointed and paid by umbrella organizations in order to create more impartiality.
On December 11, 2018 EFMD awarded Nyenrode an extension of its EQUIS accreditation for three years. The EFMD praises Nyenrode’s ‘excellent corporate connections’ and strong alumni network. They commend the university ‘for being committed to ethics, responsibility and sustainability’.
Capitalism and market forces have brought us great prosperity and progress. However, our current corporate governance system has compromised the stability and future of our society, explains Prof. Dr. Leen Paape in his speech. Our economy should not just be about profit and shareholder value, but about creating sustainable value, for everyone. According to Paape, it's time to broaden our view and redefine corporate governance. He calls upon society to relinquish the dominant logic and introduce system thinking, to define the long term and look for ways to allow companies to further take their place in society and strive for sustainable value creation.
The digital economy is growing rapidly, and increasing along with it are cyber crime, cyber spying and (online) influence via social media, such as on Facebook during the presidential elections in the United States. “The ongoing digital threat, and how we defend ourselves against it, is an issue that affects us all,” explains Dick Schoof, National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security. Today he held the keynote speech titled “Cyber security: A never-ending race” during the opening of the academic year at Nyenrode Business Universiteit.