Our Story

At October 1st 2013 the Elevate project started as a spin-off from the UMC Utrecht in order to develop evidence based online education to health care practitioners and researchers in the Health and Life Sciences domain.

By February 1st 2015 Utrecht University launched the first accredited online Master, the post-graduate Master Epidemiology. This master has been developed by Elevate and UMC Utrecht division Julius Center.

Developing rapidly Elevate, as a social impact driven enterprise, strives to carry out the following mission.

Elevate aims to increase knowledge and understanding of health and life sciences among practitioners and medical researchers across the globe. In doing so, we hope to improve overall wellbeing and reduce the differences in standards of medical care between countries.”

Over the past few years Elevate has grown adding its own Virtual Learning Environment, a range of online courses (SPOCs and MOOCs) and services such as blended education advisory.

Apart from its founding fathers UMC Utrecht and Utrecht University Elevate has a broad portfolio of clients, surpassing its Utrecht Science Parc homebase, including universities, hospitals, knowledge centres, interest groups and private organisations.

Last but not least we are a partner in many research- and education projects within the Erasmus+ and Horizon 2020 subsidized frameworks.

Our Team -What drives us-

Elevate consists of a team of passionate online learning experts, including instructional designers, media experts and project managers.

We are all quite different and yet similar; living our mission day-to-day. We find pride in facilitating our clients and supporting students. Our e-moderators guide the participants through the different learning activities we have been developing in our online courses to see them successfully finish their courses.

After all, it is their succes that determines whether we achieve!

  • 2013
    Establishment of Elevate
  • 2014
    Online Master Epi live
  • 2015
    Elevate team grows to 8
  • 2015
    Welcoming 3000nd online student
  • 2016
    ALS course live
  • 2016
    MOOC ebola live
  • 2017
    Elevate team grows to 14
  • 2018
    Assignment of Ebrok EU tender

Meet the Team

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Sietske Zagers MSc Managing director
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Gülsüm Bartolomeo-Barut LLM Manager Finance & Operations
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Nienke Verdonk MSc MA Instructional Designer
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Reinier Cornelis BA Multimedia Developer

Course staff

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University Medical Center UtrechtBerent Prakken
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University Medical Center UtrechtDiederick (Rick) Grobbee MD PhD
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University Medical Center UtrechtJet Smit, PhD


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