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Appointment of Professor Mansoob Murshed

February 2003

Professor S. Mansoob Murshed appointed as first holder of the Prince Claus Chair

Utrecht University Board has appointed Professor S. Mansoob Murshed (born 1958) as the first holder of the Prince Claus Chair in Development and Equity. Reasons for appointing Professor Murshed include his academic work in the fields of trade and freedom of trade and in the field of peace and conflict management in relation to economic development. Professor Murshed’s most recent research concerns the economics of conflict. His research will provide answers to the question of why some countries manage to avoid conflict, while others do not. Professor Murshed also holds a position with the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague. 

Professor Murshed was nominated by the Curatorium of the Prince Claus Chair, which is chaired by Princess Máxima of the Netherlands. On 6 March 2003, Utrecht University and the Institute of Social Studies will officially establish the Prince Claus Chair in Development and Equity during a special academic ceremony in the Dom Church. During the ceremony, Professor Murshed will give an address.
The ceremony will be attended by Queen Beatrix and Princess Máxima of the Netherlands, and will begin at 15:45. Members of the press are welcome to attend and should send notification of their attendance by Wednesday 5 March 2003 to:
The Government Information Service (Rijksvoorlichtingsdienst)
Press and Publicity Department
Tel.: +31 (0)70 356 4142
Fax: +31 (0)70 356 4684

For more information, please contact Joop Kessels at Utrecht University (tel.: +31 (0)30 253 4477).