The CHEPS team

The CHEPS team

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Curriculum vitae

Jon File

Director: Development and Consultancy
CHEPS, University of Twente
P.O. Box 217
NL-7500 AE Enschede

Office: Ravelijn RA-5109
Direct tel. +31 53 489 3244

Personal information

Born 18.04.56, Wigan (UK)
Nationality British
Working languages Dutch (reasonable), English (native)

University degrees

Bachelor Sociology and Psychology, University of Cape Town, 1976
Honours (First class) Sociology, University of Cape Town, 1977

Main work experience

1978 - 1997

Appointments as Junior Lecturer in Sociology; Director: Academic Support Programme; University Planning Officer; and Academic Secretary (from 1987) at the University of Cape Town.

1995 - 1996

Direct experience in higher education system development and change as a member of the 13-person National Commission on Higher Education appointed by President Mandela. The Commission was appointed to make proposals for the transformation of higher education in South Africa.

1997 - present

Director: Development and Consultancy, CHEPS, University of Twente.

2004 - 2009

Executive Director, CHEPS, University of Twente.

Areas of expertise

Expert in higher education system dynamics, planning and policy; university management and planning; leadership and management development in higher education (and the use of games/simulations in such programmes). Particular interests in these fields in higher education in developing and transitional economies. An extensive track record in supervising and managing complex multi-year projects.

Short biography

Jon’s career at the University of Cape Town before joining CHEPS was primarily in university planning and management. His work at CHEPS has been varied and almost exclusively international as he has had only a very small role in projects concerning Dutch higher education. This international work has taken him to almost 50 countries over the past decade and a half. Most of his professional higher education policy work at CHEPS falls into three categories: major higher education development co-operation projects with developing countries primarily funded by the Dutch government through Nuffic (10 in total, two currently in progress); European policy orientated higher education research projects funded primarily by the European Commission (9 in total, three currently in progress); and tailor-made workshops and contributions to formal degree programmes focused on the development of higher education leaders and managers (currently for the University of Melbourne, the University of Georgia [USA] and the European Consortium of Innovative Universities [ECIU]). Jon has been the project leader or co-project leader for all of these projects and has played a leading or major role in acquiring the projects for CHEPS.

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