EDU general conference 2008 › Frans van Vught
Prof. Frans van Vught is a Member of the Group of Societal Policy Analysis (GSPA) of the European Commission (under the leadership of EC-President Barroso) and Member of the Board of the European University Association (EUA). In addition he is President of the Executive Board of the Center for Strategic Management of Universities (Esmu) and President of the Board of the Netherlands’ House for Education and Research (Nether) (in Brussels).
From 1997 to 2005 he was Rector and President of the University of Twente. Before that he was the founding director of the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS), a higher education research center of the University of Twente.
In the Netherlands, Frans van Vught is Member of the National Innovation Platform (presided by the Prime Minister) and of the National Social Economic Council. In the past he was among others, Member of the National Council on Education, President of the Board of Governors of the International Institute of Aerospace Survey and Earth Sciences, Chairman of the Dutch National Foundation for the Advancement of Science and Technology and President of the Supervisory Board of the “Hogeschool Enschede”.
Internationally, he is a Member of the University Grants Committee of Hong Kong and the German “Akkreditierungsrat”.
Van Vught is an expert in higher education policy and management. He has published widely (and in several languages) on these issues and has been consultant for many international organisations, governments and universities. He holds several academic awards and is honorary doctor of the Universities of Ghent, Belgium and Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland.