Frans van Vught
Frans van Vught is a member of the Group of Policy Advisors of the President of the European Commission. In addition he is president of the European Center for Strategic Management of Universities (Esmu) and president of the Netherlands House for Education and Research (Nether), both in Brussels. He was president and Rector of the University of Twente, the Netherlands (1997 – 2005) and has been a higher education researcher for most of his life.
Internationally he is a member of the University Grants Committee of Hong Kong and of the supervisory board of the L.H. Martin Institute for Higher Education Management in Melbourne, Australia. He was a member of the board of the European University Association (EUA) (2005 – 2009) and of the German ‘Akkreditierungsrat’ (2005 - 2009). Van Vught has been the coordinator of the European project on the development of a multidimensional higher education classification (U-Map) and currently leads the design of a global multidimensional higher education ranking system (U-Multirank), supported by the European Commission. He is honorary professor at the University of Twente and holds several honorary doctorates.