Marijk van der Wende

Professor & Dean Amsterdam University College


Amsterdam University College
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Marijk van der Wende is the founding Dean of Amsterdam University College an international liberal arts & science college established jointly by the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the Universiteit van Amsterdam.

She is a professor in higher education at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and an honorary professor at CHEPS, the University of Twente.

She is a member of the Strategy Group of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, chair of its Undergraduate Committee and previously chaired its Honours Committee and its Internationalization Board.

She is vice and past President of the Governing Board of the Programme on Institutional Management in Higher Education (IMHE) of the OECD, Member of the International Advisory Board of the Centre for the Study of World Class Universities, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Member of the Higher Education Authority Ireland, Member of the Scientific Board of the Dutch Military Academy, and member of various national and international editorial boards.

She previously held positions at CHEPS, the University of Twente (1998-2008), the University of Amsterdam (1998-2000), the Academic Cooperation Association (ACA) in Brussels (1994-1998), Nuffic (1992-1998), and was a visiting scholar at the Centre for Studies in Higher Education, at the University of California at Berkeley (USA).

Her research focuses on innovation in higher education, the impact of globalisation on higher education and related processes of internationalisation and Europeanisation. She published widely on how these processes affect higher education systems, their structure and governance, institutional strategies, curriculum design, quality assurance methods, and the use of ICT.

Van der Wende holds BA degrees in teaching and pedagogy, and MA a PhD degrees in educational sciences, from the University of Amsterdam and the University of Utrecht respectively.


Selection of recent publications

   Reumer, C. & M.C. van der Wende (2010). Excellence and Diversity: Selective Admission Policies in Dutch Higher Education. A Case Study on Amsterdam University College. University of Berkeley: Centre for Studies in Higher Education. Research and Occasional Papers Series: CSHE.15.10. 

   Wende, M.C. van der (forthcoming). Global Institutions: Focus on the OECD. R. King, S. Marginson & R. Naidoo (eds). Handbook on Globalisation and Higher Education. Edward Elgar Publishers.

   Wende, M.C. van der (2011). The Emergence of Liberal Arts and Sciences Education in Europe: A Comparative Perspective. In: Higher Education Policy, 24, pp. 233 – 253.

   Wende, M.C. van der (2011). Towards a European Approach to Ranking. In: Nian Cai Liu, Qi Wang and Ying Cheng (Eds.). Paths to a World-Class University. Lessons from Practices and Experiences. Global Perspectives on Higher Education Volume 23. Sense Publishers. Pp. 125-139.

   Wende, M.C. van der (2010), Internationalization of Higher Education. In: Penelope Peterson, Eva Baker, Barry McGaw, (Editors), International Encyclopedia of Education. volume 4, pp. 540-545. Oxford: Elsevier.

   Wende, M.C. van der (2009). European Responses to Global Competitiveness in Higher Education. In: J. Douglass, J. King & I. Feller (eds.) Globalization's Muse: Universities and Higher Education Systems in a Changing World . Berkeley Public Policy Press, Institute of Governmental Studies, University of California Berkeley. Pp. 317-341.

   Wende, M.C. van der & D.F. Westerheijden (2009). Rankings and Classifications: the Need for a Multidimensional Approach. In: F.A. van Vught (Ed). Mapping the Higher Education Landscape. Towards a European Classification of Higher Education. Springer. pp.71-87

   Marginson, S. & M.C. van der Wende (2009). The New Global Landscape of Nations and Institutions. In: Higher Education to 2030, Volume 2: Globalisation. Paris: OECD. Pp. 17-57.

   Marginson, S. & M.C. van der Wende (2009). Europeanisation, International Rankings, and Faculty Mobility: Three Cases in Higher Education Globalisation. In: Higher Education to 2030, Volume 2: Globalisation. Paris: OECD. Pp. 109-140.

   Witte, J., M.C. van der Wende & J. Huisman (2008), Blurring boundaries: Bologna and the relationship between types of higher education institutions in Germany, the Netherlands and France. In: Studies in Higher Education. Volume 33, Issue 3 June 2008 , pages 217 - 231

   Vlk, A., M.C. van der Wende & D. Westerheijden (2008), GATS and the steering capacity of a nation state in higher education: case studies of the Czech Republic and the Netherlands. In: Globalisation, Societies and Education. Volume 6, Issue 1 2008 , pages 33 – 54

   Wende, M.C. van der, (2008). Rankings and Classifications in Higher Education. A European perspective. In: J.C. Smart (ed.) Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research, Vol 23. Springer. Pp. 49-71.

   Boezerooij, P., J. Huisman & M.C. van der Wende (2007). The need for e-learning strategies; higher education institutions and their responses to a changing environment. In: Tertiary Education and Management, Vol 13, no 4, pp. 313-331.

   Beerkens, E & M.C. van der Wende (2007). The paradox in international cooperation: Institutionally embedded universities in a global environment. In: Higher Education, Volume 53, Number 1. Pp. 61-79.

   Wende, M.C. van der, F. Wamelink en van P. van Deursen (2007). Kwaliteitszorg van onderzoek in het  HBO: Het Sci-Quest/Lect project aan het Hogeschool Utrecht. In: Thema Vol 14, 2007. no 1. pp. 11-17.

   Wende, M.C. van der (2007). Globalisering en het hoger onderwijs. In: Economisch Statistische Berichten ESB Dossier over globalisering, pp. 28-33.

   Wende, M.C. van der (2007). Internationalisation of Higher Education in the OECD countries: Challenges and Opportunities for the Coming Decade. In: Journal on Studies in International Education. Vol. 11, no. 3-4 , pp.  274-290.

   Marginson, S. & M.C. van der Wende (2007). To Rank or to be Ranked: the Impact of Global Rankings in Higher Education. In: Journal on Studies in International Education.  Vol. 11, no. 3-4 , pp. 306-330.

   Wende, M.C. van der (2007). Naar een internationale markt voor hoger onderwijs. In: Tijdschrift voor Hoger Onderwijs. 2007/3, pp. 172-183.

   Wende, M.C. van der (2007). Van melkunie naar kennisunie. Initiatieven ter versterking van de internationale concurrentiepositie van het hoger Europese onderwijs. In: Thema. No. 4, pp. 4-9.