Prof. dr. Frans A. van Vught (1950) is Rector Magnificus of the University of Twente, the Netherlands.
In addition he is a member of several national councils and bodies in the Netherlands, including the National Innovation Platform, the Social-Economic Council and the National Education Council.
Before accepting his position as Rector he was for more than 10 years the scientific director of the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS), the largest higher education studies center in the world. Frans van Vught is a social scientist. He studied at the University of Utrecht and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and held positions at universities in the US and the Netherlands. As a higher education specialist he has worked with governments, international organisations (European Commission, OECD, UNESCO, World Bank) and many universities. He has published widely and is a board-member of several journals on higher education. He was co-founder of the Consortium of Higher Education Researchers, and was involved in several other professional organisations. Since 1996 he is a member University Grants Committee, HongKong. The Committee has administrative responsibility for the 8 universities of HongKong.
He has published 30 books and over 250 articles in several languages. He won several academic awards and holds an honorary doctorate of the University of Gent.
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