Alumnus Rob Jetten is the new Minister for Climate and Energy

Rob Jetten is set to become the Minister for Climate and Energy in the Rutte IV Cabinet. Jetten is a Radboud University alumnus and studied at the Nijmegen School of Management between 2005 and 2011 where he completed both the Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes in Public Administration.

Jetten was already involved in politics during his studies. He became party leader of D66 Nijmegen in 2010 after having served as chair of D66’s youth organisation the Young Democrats. Until 2017, he combined his position on the municipal council with his position at ProRail. Jetten subsequently entered the House of Representatives on behalf of D66 and in 2018, at the age of 31, he was elected as the party’s leader.

Academic career

In 2018, Jetten spoke to FM Focus, the Nijmegen School of Management alumni magazine, about his time as a student. “During my studies, I often used to think: ‘What am I actually learning? And what am I going to do when I finish my studies?’ People who study law usually become lawyers. That goes without saying and already gives law students some idea of what to expect. But what do public administrators actually do?”

“I know that I made the right choice: after my studies, I started working as a management trainee at ProRail, where I eventually became an advisor. The different perspectives that I had seen in Public Administration proved to be extremely valuable in my work. The fact is that you’re often the linchpin in a company or public organisation. And that’s when it’s vital that you’re able to see the many different perspectives. Public Administration helped me in that regard.”


Alumnus Rob Jetten is de nieuwe minister voor Klimaat en Energie


Within the Rutte IV Cabinet, Jetten will be taking up the position of Minister for Climate and Energy, which falls under the Ministry of Economic Affairs. He will primarily be in charge of climate policy and the climate and transition fund.

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