EDUIMHE › Prof. Dr. Marijk C. van der Wende, Chair of the Governing Board, Programme on Institutional Management in Higher Education (IMHE)
Marijk van der Wende is a professor in higher education at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and a visiting professor at the Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS) at the University of Twente.
She is the founding dean of Amsterdam University College, an international liberal arts & science college being established jointly by the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the Universiteit van Amsterdam. She chairs the Honours Programme and the Internationalization Board of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
She is the President of the Governing Board of the Programme on Institutional Management in Higher Education (IMHE) of the OECD, member of the Governing Board of Nuffic, member of the Scientific Board of the Dutch Military Academy, and member of various national and international advisory committees and editorial boards.
Her research focuses on innovation in higher education, the impact of globalisation on higher education and related processes of internationalisation and Europeanisation. She published widely on how these processes affect higher education systems, their structure and governance, institutional strategies, curriculum design, quality assurance methods, and the use of technology.
In 2001 she was a visiting scholar at the Centre for Studies in Higher Education, at the University of California, Berkeley (USA). She was responsible for the CHEPS PhD programme from 2001-2005 and was a senior lecturer on the ERASMUS MUNDUS Master Programme on Higher Education from 2003-2007.
Van der Wende holds bachelor degrees in teaching and pedagogy, and a master and doctoral (Ph.D) degree in educational sciences (from the University of Amsterdam and the University of Utrecht respectively).
After an initial phase in primary and secondary education (1980-1986), she worked and studied in France (1986-1990). Between 1990 – 2002 she held positions at NUFFIC (the Netherlands Organisation for International Cooperation in Higher Education), the Academic Cooperation Association (ACA) in Brussels, and the University of Amsterdam.