Senior Research Associate
CHEPS, University of Twente
P.O. Box 217
Enschede, the Netherlands
Born: 10-05-1961, Heerlen (NL)
Working languages: Dutch(native), English (very good), German (very good)
Master (drs.): Public Administration, University of Twente, 1986
Main work experience
1988 – present: Senior research associate, CHEPS, University of Twente
2006: Seconded to Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, The Hague
Areas of expertise
Transparency tools (classifications and rankings)
Frans was involved in several international research projects funded by the European Commission, studying reforms in higher education, and the building of a classification of European higher education institutions (U-Map). He is currently working on the implementation of a multi-dimensional ranking of universities worldwide (U-Multirank). In 2011 he was seconded to the Dutch Inspectorate for Higher Education to develop a risk detection model on study success in higher education programs. Since 2012 he is part of the secretariat that supports the Review Committee – an independent body that monitors the outcome of the performance contracts agreed with individual higher education institutions in the Netherlands. These contracts cover aspects such as student success, drop-out, programme diversification and research concentration.
A hidden research interest lies in the use of simulations to learn more about the system level effects of individual students choice behavior.