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Rob Jansen

Rob started to work with StudyPortals in December 2013, and has led the EU-funded Hello! Project resulting in  the launch of LanguageLearningPortal in 2014. He has the ambition to bring transparency to the market of language education and academic pathways, globally. In this respect Rob is responsible for the product management, and global sales and marketing of www.LanguageLearningPortal.com and www.PreparationCoursesPortal.com. Rob has initiated the joint research with Cambridge English on the global market of foundation programmes. He is dedicated to transfer knowledge on online marketing from StudyPortals to the field of language education and academic pathways. In the upcoming years, Rob will be responsible to continuously develop both portals and establish relationships with the right partners to maximize our impact, and turn our goal on transparency to language education into reality.

General introduction/background

Rob Jansen was educated in Industrial Engineering and Management Science. During his international student experiences at the European Week Eindhoven and the Erasmus Programme at Linköping University he personally discovered the strength of international education. He believes it is the best way to get to know people from other cultures while simultaneously developing as a person. After acquiring business development experience at both multinationals as well as high-tech startups, Rob has brought his entrepreneurial spirit and positive `non-average´ character to the StudyPortals team to further realizing our goal to become the global study-choice platform students, universities, and language institutes are desperately waiting for.

Favourite StudyPortals experience

During my first days at StudyPortals we had the yearly Christmas dinner. After dinner I ended up partying `till in the small hours´ with all my new colleagues comprising more than 20 nationalities. I felt at home immediately.

Key challenge

Include the needs of various types of language learners, students, and institutes into the design of our LanguageLearningPortal and PreparationCoursesPortal in such way that both parties benefit from finding each other in an effective way through these online platforms. Furthermore, it will be a challenge to reach out to all potential language learners across the globe to inform them on the opportunities our websites have to offer, especially to the ones that speak no more than their mother tongue.

Another challenge will be to deal with the ongoing name confusion between me and my great colleagues Rob vd H, Rob v S, and Rob Janssen.