Marijk van der Wende is Distinguished Faculty Professor of Higher Education at Utrecht University’s Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance. Her research focuses on the impact of global trends and international developments on higher education and research systems.
She is also President of the European Higher Education Society (EAIR), an affiliate faculty and research associate at the Center for Studies in Higher Education (CSHE) at the University of California Berkeley, member of the Academia Europaea (the Academy of Europe), and has been a chair and member of numerous national and international advisory committees and editorial boards.
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Previously she held full professorial positions at CHEPS, University of Twente (2001-2016) and VU University Amsterdam (2006-2015). She was guest professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University and member of the International Advisory Board of its Graduate School of Education, visiting scholar at Harvard University (Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and Graduate School of Education), the University of California Berkeley (Center for Studies in Higher Education), and Boston College (Centre for International Higher Education).
She served as Dean of Graduate Studies at Utrecht University (2015-2017), Founding Dean of Amsterdam University College (2007-2015), President of the programme on Institutional Management in Higher Education (IMHE) of the OECD (2005-2011), member of the Higher Education Authority Ireland (2011-2015), the Scientific Board of the Dutch Military Academy (2007-2013), and worked at NUFFIC (the Netherlands Organisation for International Cooperation in Higher Education) (1992-1998), the Academic Cooperation Association (ACA) in Brussels (1994-1998), and in school education in France and the Netherlands (1980-1990).
Marijk holds BA degrees in teaching and pedagogy, and MA and PhD degrees in educational sciences, from the University of Amsterdam and the University of Utrecht respectively.