My name is Pietsje van der Leeuw and I’m happy to be the chairwoman of ISA Umami in the academic year 2018-2019. Before I started HFIM at Maastricht University campus Venlo I studied Nutrition and Dietetics in The Hague. Because I want to challenge myself and find a way to achieve my goal of making people healthy by tasteful food, I chose to study Health Food Innovation Management.
So far, the vibrant atmosphere at the Maastricht University Campus Venlo and between HFIM students positively surprised me. I really appreciate the close connection between students and teachers in the relatively small program and I believe this is very beneficial for the learning process.
I find personal development very important and think HFIM is a unique Master’s program that offers different courses that ask you to go deeper. ISA Umami is the additional treat of HFIM, an association in which we value personal development, skills development and above all: a lot of fun! ISA Umami has four committees that all seek to get the best out of our student life at Maastricht University.
As a chairwoman I am the first representative of the association, I will keep track on the main goal of our association and will intervene when the attention is driven away from our main goals. You will find me, together with the other board members, on Umami activities, University open days and experience days of our program.
I value others’ opinions and ideas, so if you have any questions, remarks or great ideas for Umami don’t hesitate and let me know!