Prof. dr. Marijk van der Wende
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Higher Education Systems
Date of appointment 01.09.2015
Inaugural lecture date 12.12.2016

Marijk van der Wende is Distinguished Professor of Higher Education at Utrecht University’s Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance. Her research focuses on the impact of globalization and internationalization on higher education. She has published widely on the impact of these processes on higher education systems, institutions, curricula, and teaching and learning arrangements.

She is also an affiliate faculty and research associate at the Center for Studies in Higher Education (CSHE) at the University of California Berkeley and member of the Academia Europaea (the Academy of Europe, section behavioral sciences).

She held full professorial positions at CHEPS, University of Twente (2001-2016), VU University Amsterdam (2006-2015), and was a visiting scholar at the University of California Berkeley (Center for Studies in Higher Education), Harvard University (Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and Graduate School of Education), Shanghai Jiao Tong University (Center for World-Class Universities and Graduate School of Education), and Boston College (Centre for International Higher Education).

She is currently a member of: the Supervisory Board of the Open University of the Netherlands, the Board of the Rathenau Institute for Science and Technology in Society, the  International Advisory Board of the Centre for the Study of World Class Universities, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, the Graduate Campus Advisory Board of the University of Zurich, the Board of the Amsterdam University College Scholarship Fund (ASF Foundation), and Member of the European Science Foundation’s College of Expert Reviewers. 

Previously, she was Dean of Graduate Studies at Utrecht University (2015-2017) and Founding Dean of Amsterdam University College (2007-2015). She served as the President of the programme on Institutional Management in Higher Education (IMHE) of the OECD (2005-2011), as a 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), and the Academic Cooperation Association (ACA) in Brussels (1994-1998). She has been a chair and member of numerous national and international advisory committees and editorial boards.

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.

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Forthcoming / in press:

Damme, D. van & M.C. van der Wende. Global higher education governance. In: B. Cantwell, H. Coates, and R. King (eds.) Handbook on the Politics of Higher Education, Edward Elgar.

Wende, M.C. van der. World-class universities’ contribution to an open society: Chinese universities on a mission? In: Q. Wang, Y. Cheng, & N. Cai Liu (Eds.). World-Class Universities: Towards a Global Common Good and Seeking National and Institutional Contributions. Sense Publishers.

Vught, F.A. van, M.C. van der Wende & D.F. Westerheijden. Globalisation and Differentiation in Higher Education Systems. In: J. Huisman & M. Tight (eds.). Theory and Method in Higher Education Research, Vol 4. Emerald.

Kirby, William C. and Marijk C. van der Wende. The New Silk Road: Implications for higher education in China and the West? Submitted to: Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society. Special Issue on: China’s New Silk Roads: Connections, Interactions and Consequences

Recent publications (selection, for full list see PDF under CV)

Wende, M.C. & J. Rienks (2018). Stages of Uncertainty. Brexit and the unknown future of  UK - Dutch higher education cooperation. In: Courtois, A. (ed). Higher Education and Brexit: Current European Perspectives. Centre for Global Higher Education. Special Report. pp. 84-98.

Wende, M.C. (2017). De Nieuwe Zijde Route: gevolgen voor samenwerking in hoger onderwijs en wetenschap tussen China en Europa. In: Th&ma. No 5, pp. 52-58.

Wende, M.C. van der (2017). Reframing universities’ global engagement for an open society. In: Austrian Council for Research and Technology Development (ed.). Prospects and Future and Tasks of Universities: Digitalization - internationalization – differentiation.  LIT Verlag Vienna. Pp. 259-273.

Wende, M.C. van der (2017). How do globalisation forces affect higher education systems? University World News, Issue No:465.

Wende, M.C. van der (2017). Opening Up: Higher Education Systems in Global Perspective . CGHE Working Paper 22. Centre for Global Higher Education Working Paper. University College London.

Wende, M.C. van der (2017). Internationalisation futures in light of anti-globalisation sentiments. In: A mosaic of cultures. EAIE Conference Conversation Starter. EAIE. Pp 29-37.

Wende, M.C. van der (2017). Reframing Global Engagement. In: International Higher Education. No. 90. Pp. 10-12.

Wende, M.C. van der & J. Zhu (2016). China’s Higher Education in Global Perspective: Leader or Follower in the “World-Class” Movement?  In: N. Cai Liu, Y. Cheng, & Q. Wang (eds.). Matching Visibility and Performance: A Standing Challenge for World-Class Universities. Sense Publishers.  Pp. 119-137.

Zhu, J., M. van der Wende & X. Jiang (2016). Challenges and Strategies for Chinese Higher Education in the Era of Globalization: A Qualitative Study [in Chinese]. Tsinghua Journal of Education. 1001-4519. 2016 Issue 3. Pp. page:59-64,99

Wende, M.C. van der & J. Zhu (2016). China a Follower or Leader in Global Higher Education?  Research and Occasional Papers Series CSHE 3.16. University of California Berkeley: Centre for Studies in Higher Education.

Kirby, William C. and Marijk C. van der Wende (eds.) (2016). Experiences in Liberal Arts and Science Education from America, Europe, and Asia: A Dialogue across Continents. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Kirby, William. C. & M.C. van der Wende (guest editors) (2016). New Directions in Liberal Arts and Science Education in Asia. Special Issue of the International Journal of Chinese Education. Vol. 5.1. Brill.

Klein Bog, D & M.C. van der Wende (2016). Liberal Arts and Sciences Education for the 21st Century Knowledge Economy. In: I. Jung, M. Nishimura & T. Sasao (eds). Liberal Arts Education and Colleges in East Asia. Possibilities and Challenges in the Global Age. Springer. Pp. 113-124.

Wende, M.C. van der (2015). International Academic Mobility: Towards a Concentration of the Minds in Europe.In: The European Review. Cambridge University Press.Volume 23, issue S1, pp. S70-S88.

Wende, M. C. van der (2014). On Mergers and Missions Implications for Institutional Governance and Governmental Steering. In: Q. Wang, Y. Cheng, & N. CaiLiu (Eds.). Global Outreach of World-Class Universities: How It is Affecting Higher Education Systems. Centre for World-Class Universities. Jiao Tong University, Shanghai. Sense Publishers. Pp. 137-153.

Wende, M.C. van der (2013). Trends towards global excellence in undergraduate education: taking the liberal arts experience into the 21st century. In: International Journal of Chinese Education 2. Pp 289-307.

Wende, M.C. van der (2012). Alleen de beste universiteiten verdienen de beste studenten! Over het toegangs- en toelatingsbeleid voor studenten in de nabije toekomst. Tijdschrift voor Onderwijsrecht en Onderwijsbeleid. Jaargang 2012-2013, No 2, pp. 99-108.

Wende, M.C. van der (2011). Towards a European Approach to Ranking. In: Nian Cai Liu, Qi Wang and Ying Cheng (Eds.). Paths to a World-Class University. Lessons from Practices and Experiences. Global Perspectives on Higher Education Volume 23. Sense Publishers. Pp. 125-139.

Wende, M.C. van der (2011). Global Institutions: the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. In: R. King, S. Marginson & R. Naidoo (eds). Handbook on Globalization and Higher Education. Edward Elgar. Pp. 95-114.

Wende, M.C. van der (2010). Internationalization of Higher Education. In: Penelope Peterson, Eva Baker, Barry McGaw, (Editors), International Encyclopedia of Education. Volume 4. Oxford: Elsevier. Pp. 540-545


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