Robert Wagenaar


Robert Wagenaar has a long standing experience regarding international co-operation in higher education. In 2004-2005, he was involved - as an expert on behalf of the EUA - in the preparation of A Framework for Qualifications of the European Higher Education Area (2005) and as a member of the EC experts group in assisting the European Commission in preparing the EFQ for LLL. As subject area co-ordinator for History and later as international counsellor, he has been directly involved in the development of ECTS since 1989. This system originally started as a transfer system and was in 2004 transferred to a transfer and accumulation system, based on ECTS workload based credits and the learning outcomes approach. He is co-author of the present ECTS Users’ Guide. Furthermore he is, with Julia Gonzalez (University of Deusto, Bilbao), joint co-ordinator of the projects Tuning Educational Structures in Europe, Tuning South-East and Eastern Europe, Tuning América Latina, Tuning Russia, and Tuning Georgia. 

Since 2004 he chairs for the Dutch Ministry of Education and Culture the Dutch team of Bologna promoters / experts. He is also a member of the ‘Bologna Process’ task force of the Ministry of Education which advises the ministry regarding Bologna related matters.

He works at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Groningen. He is a trained historian, with a special interest for Contemporary History in particular Dutch History and History of Journalism. He has published in the fields of contemporary history and journalism as well as higher education. For many years he was the director of the Department of History. From 1997 – 2003 he was member of the Executive Board of the Faculty of Arts as its secretary general. Since 2003 he is director of undergraduate and graduate studies at the Faculty of Arts. In that capacity he is responsible for 19 bachelor programmes as well as more than 40 master programmes. He is also the co-ordinator of the Erasmus Mundus Masters programme Euroculture: Europe in the Wider World, as well as director of the Euroculture consortium of universities.


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