What does it take to make it into the Ivy League Universities in the world? What are the skills and habits that differentiate the best from the rest? How can students become aware of their calling in life and reach their true potential – be the best that they can be? These were some of the questions raised by a group of passionate Ivy League professionals more than ten years ago that laid the foundation of Be-Ivy Education. The extensive pursuit of these answers, based on scientific evidence has resulted in the development of the programs presently being conducted at Be-Ivy. It is these Ivy League professionals and their unique team of leaders who perform the role of mentors at Be-Ivy.
Having held senior positions and a career spanning Corporate, Government, United Nations and Non-profit sectors and educated at Ivy-League Universities like Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and other premier global institutions. He has spent a considerable amount of time volunteering to help in activities related to the admissions to universities.
From mundane tasks related to taking prospective students and their families on a campus tour, to helping sort out CV’s of eligible students, interviewing selected students, and similar activities gave him an insight into some of the key aspects that ‘selected’ the students who finally made it into the admitted list.
Luc is a professor of Health Services Research in the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) at the University of Sheffield. His research is on healthcare innovations using technology, with a focus on long term care. He moved from the Netherlands to Sheffield in October 2016. In the Netherlands he was a professor of care technology at two universities, and director of a large innovation network with about 35 partners in health and social care, industry and academia. He also chaired the management board of the national Centre for Care Technology Research, a collaboration of four large institutions in the Netherlands. In Sheffield he works in the Centre for Assistive Technology and Connected Healthcare, trying to contribute to building an innovation ecosystem here as well. Alongside his work in Sheffield and the Netherlands he work on a research and development programme in India called ‘Health in Slums’ that focuses on improving the living situation and access to affordable healthcare for people in low resource settings.
He has realized the importance of inculcating the right values, success habits, communication and social skills into students. Other loopholes detrimental to students achieving their goals have been meticulously identified and a platform built to incorporate these different aspects and help students discover their overseas ambition. Namely Be-Ivy League.
Luc’s main interest is in how technology can help to develop sustainable healthcare models. He has a special interest in assistive technology for people with disabilities, a field he has worked in his whole career. He also does research into the potential of robotics in health and social care and in the application of digital health technologies to support people with a chronic disease or disability to self-manage their health. He has supervised more than 30 PhD students in these fields and is currently supervisor of 12 international PhD students. He has co-authored more than 250 publications.
Luc is president of the Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe and editor of the journal Technology and Disability. He is also member of the board of governors of a large elderly care organisation with 25 locations in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, and of the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals.