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Curriculum vitae

Prof. Dr. Frans A. van Vught

Honorary Professor of Comparative Higher Education

Policy Studies

CHEPS, University of Twente
P.O. Box 217
NL-7500 AE Enschede

Tel. +31 53 489 3263

Professional background and research interests

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). In addition he is President of the Board of the Netherlands’ House for Education and Research (Neth-ER), Member of the Executive Board of the European University Association (EUA) and President of the Board of the European Center for Strategic Management of Universities (Esmu).

He is CHEPS Founding Director and was Director of CHEPS from 1984 until 1996. From 1997 to 2005 he was Rector and President of the University of Twente. Frans remains an honorary professor at CHEPS and is active in a number of CHEPS projects including being project leader for the development of a European classification of higher education institutions.

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 “Polytechnic 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 University of Ghent, Belgium and of the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. He is officer in the Royal Dutch Order of Oranje Nassau.


Van Vught published 30 books (both monographs and edited volumes) and over 250 articles, chapters in books and published papers (in English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Spanish, Dutch) on aspects of policy-making, planning, strategic management, forecasting, evaluation research, and comparative analysis, with respect to (higher) education, innovation and public policy-making.

Some important publications include:

Vught, F. van (2006). Higher education systems dynamics and useful knowledge creation. In: L.E. Weber and J.J. Duderstadt (eds.), Universities and business: Partnering for the knowledge society. London, Paris, Genève: Economica, ISBN 2-7178-5190-9

Vught, F. van (2006). Reputation, market and deregulation. In: D. Breimer and F. Saris (eds.), whose university is it?, Pallas Publication, ISBN 90-855-5341-5, pp. 55-63.

Vught, F. van (2004). Closing the European knowledge gap? Challenges for the European universities of the 21th century. In: L.E. Weber & J.J. Duderstadt (eds.), Reinventing the research university. London, Paris, Genève: Economica, ISBN 2-7178-4768-5, pp. 89-107

Vught, F. van, Wende, M.C van der & Westerheijden, D.F. (2002). Globalisation and internationalisation: Policy agendas compared. In: J. Enders & O. Fulton (eds.), Higher education in a globalising world. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, ISBN 1-4020-0863-5, pp. 103-121

Vught, F. van (2000). In search of quality management in Western European higher education. In: St. Laske, M. Habersam & E. Kappler (Hrsg.) Qualitätsentwicklung in Universitäten, München: Rainer Hampp Verlag, pp. 55-1000

Steunenberg, B. & Vught, F. van (1997). Political institutions and public policy Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 320 p., ISBN 0-7923-4471-5

Vught, F. van (1997). Using policy analysis for strategic choices. In: M.W. Petersen, D.D. Dill, L.A. Mets, & associates (eds), Planning and management for a changing environment. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, Inc., ISBN 0-7879-0849-5, pp. 382-402

Goedegebuure, L.C.J. & Vught, F. van (1996). Comparative higher education studies: the perspective from the policy sciences. In: Higher Education, 4 (32), ISSN 0018-1560, pp. 371-394.

Maassen, P.A.M. & Vught, F. van (1996). Inside academia: new challenges for the academic profession. Utrecht: De Tijdstroom, ISBN 90-352-1800-0, 324 p.

Vught, F. van (1996). Isomorphism in higher education? Towards a theory of differentiation and diversity in higher education systems. In: V.L. Meek, L. Goedegebuure, O. Kivinen & R. Rinne (eds), The mockers and mocked: comparative perspectives on differentiation, convergence and diversity in higher education, Oxford: Pergamon, ISBN 0-08-042563-1, pp. 42-60

Kickert, W.J.M. & Vught, F. van (Eds.)(1995). Public policy and administration sciences in the Netherlands. New York: Prentice Hall, ISBN 0-13-442-0217, 351 pp.

Vught, F. van (1995). Autonomy and accountability in government/university relationships. In: J. Salmi and A.M. Verspoor (Eds.). Revitalizing higher education, Oxford: Pergamon, ISBN 0-0804-1948-8, pp. 322‑363

Vught, F. van (1995). The new context for academic quality. In: D.D. Dill, & B. Sporn (Eds.), Emerging patterns of social demand and university reform, through a glass darkly. Oxford: Pergamon, ISBN 0-08 04-2654-X, pp. 194‑211

Neave, G. & Vught, F. van (Eds.) (1994). Government and higher education relationships across three continents: The winds of change. Oxford: Pergamon, ISBN 0-0804-2391-4, 322 pp.

Goedegebuure, L., Kaiser, F., Maassen, P., Meek, L., Vught, F. A. van & Weert, E. de (Eds.). (1994). Higher education policy: an international comparative perspective. Oxford: Pergamon. ISBN 0-08-042393-0, 380 pp.

Goedegebuure, L.C.J. & Vught, F. A. van (Eds.). (1994). Comparative policy studies in higher education. Utrecht: Lemma. 90-5189-402-3, 303 pp

Vught, F. van (1994). Policy models and policy instruments in higher education: The effects of governmental policy making on the behaviour of higher education institutions. In: J.C. Smart, (Ed.). Higher education: Handbook of theory and research, Volume X, New York: Agathon Press, ISBN 087586-111-3, pp. 88-125

Vught, F. van & Westerheijden , D.F. (1994). Towards a general model of quality assessment in higher education. In: Higher education, no. 28‑3, ISSN 0018‑1560, pp. 355‑371.

Vught, F. van & Westerheijden , D.F. (1993). Quality management and quality assurance in European higher education: Methods and mechanisms. Luxemburg: Commission of the European Community, ISBN 92‑826‑6391‑4, 48 pp., (Also published in all other languages of the EU-member states).

Vught, F. van (1992). Public administration and higher education. In: B. Clark, G. Neave (eds.), Encyclopedia of Higher Education. Oxford: Pergamon, ISBN 0-08-037251-1, pp. 1932-1943

Maassen, P.A.M. & Vught, F. van (1992). Strategic planning. In: B. Clark and G. Neave (eds.), Encyclopedia of higher education, Pergamon Press, London, ISBN 0-08-037251-1, pp. 1483‑1494

Neave, G. & F.A. van Vught (Eds.)(1991). Prometheus bound: The changing relationship between government and higher education in Western Europe. Oxford: Pergamon. ISBN 0-08-037246-5, 264 pp.

Vught, F. van (1990). State regulation and innovation in higher education. Higher Education Management, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 27-46

Vught, F. van (Ed.)(1989). Governmental strategies and innovation in higher education. London: Jessica Kingsley, ISBN 1-85302-513-5, 232 pp.

And here a full list of all publications: