Professor Frans van Vught
High Level Policy Advisor to the European Commission, Former Rector and President, University of Twente, the Netherlands

Frans van Vught (1950) has been in higher education research, management and policy for most of his life. He is co-project leader of U-Multirank, the multi-dimensional and user-driven global higher education ranking tool. He was president and Rector of the University of Twente, the Netherlands (1997 – 2005) and founding director of the Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS) (1984 – 1997). Currently he is president of the Netherlands’ House for Education and Research in Brussels and acts as a high-level policy advisor to the European Commission.

Frans is a sought-after international speaker and advisor. He published 30 books and more than 250 articles on higher education policy, higher education management and innovation strategies. Frans is honorary professorial fellow at the universities of Melbourne and Twente and holds several honorary doctorates. Recent publications include: National Innovation and the Academic Research Enterprise, the John Hopkins University Press, 2010 (together with David Dill) and Multidimensional Ranking, Springer, 2012 (together with Frank Ziegele).