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Founding Dean

Prof. Dr. Marijk van der Wende

Prof. Dr. Marijk van der Wende is the Founding Dean of Amsterdam University College. She was responsible for the initiation (starting in 2007), development and establishment (in 2009) of AUC, which she led AUC until 2015. Her ideas guided the founding mission, vision and strategy for AUC as a joint excellence initiative of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the University of Amsterdam.

Marijk van der Wende Amsterdam University College Former Dean,Dean Amsterdam University College Marijk van der Wende
Prof. Dr. Marijk van der Wende, Founding Dean Amsterdam University College

She succeeded in developing the original AUC curriculum in cooperation with co-founder Professor Robbert Dijkgraaf (UvA, IAS Princeton), in fundraising with support from the Ministry of Education and Science, the City of Amsterdam and a range of multinational companies headquartered in Amsterdam, and worked closely together with Mecanoo architects on the concept of AUC’s building in Amsterdam Science Park. She remains a member of the Board of the Amsterdam University College Scholarship Fund (ASF). 

About Marijk van der Wende

Prof. Dr. van der Wende was appointed in September 2015 as the Dean of Graduate Studies at Utrecht University and Professor of Higher Education.

She is an honorary professor at the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS), the University of Twente, a member of the Academia Europaea, the International Advisory Board of the Centre for the Study of World Class Universities, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, the Board of the Rathenau Institute for Science and Technology in Society, the ETS/GRE European Advisory Council and the Board of the Amsterdam University College Scholarship Fund (ASF). She is a research associate with the project on the Research Universities Going Global of the CSHE at UC Berkeley and an auditor for the Quality Assurance Committee of the Hong Kong University Grants Committee. She has been a chair and member of numerous national and international advisory committees and editorial boards.

She was a visiting scholar at the University of California Berkeley (Center for Studies in Higher Education), Harvard University (Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and Graduate School of Education), Boston College (Centre for International Higher Education) and Shanghai Jiao Tong University (Center for World-Class Universities and Graduate School of Education).

She previously held professorial positions at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the University of Twente (CHEPS). She served as the President of the programme on Institutional Management in Higher Education (IMHE) of the OECD, as a member of the Higher Education Authority Ireland, the Scientific Board of the Dutch Military Academy, and worked at NUFFIC (the Netherlands Organisation for International Cooperation in Higher Education), and the Academic Cooperation Association (ACA) in Brussels.

Her research focuses on the impact of globalisation and internationalization on higher education and she has published widely on how these processes affect higher education systems, institutions, curricula, and teaching and learning arrangements.

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