Marijk Van der Wende

Job title: 
Professor of Higher Education, Utrecht University

Marijk van der Wende is Dean of Graduate Studies at Utrecht University and Professor of Higher Education Systems in the UU School of Governance.

Her research focuses on the impact of globalization 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 is also honorary professor at the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS) at the University of Twente. Faculty Affiliate and Research Associate at the Center for Studies in Higher Education (CSHE) at the University of California, BerkeleyMember of the Academia Europaea (the Academy of Europe), section behavioral sciences. Member of the International Advisory Board of the Centre for the Study of World Class Universities, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, of the Board of the Rathenau Institute for Science and Technology in Society, the Board of the Amsterdam University College Scholarship Fund (ASF). 

She was the Founding Dean of Amsterdam University College and previously held professorial positions at VU University 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. She has been a chair and member of numerous national and international advisory committees and editorial boards.

She was a visiting scholar at 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), and at the University of California Berkeley (Center for Studies in Higher Education).

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.

Recent key publications:

Wende, M.C. van der & J. Zhu (2016). China a Follower or Leader in Global Higher Education?  Research and Occasional Papers Series CSHE 3.16. University of California Berkeley: Centre for Studies in Higher Education.

Klein Bog, D & M.C. van der Wende (2016). Liberal Arts and Sciences Education for the 21st Century Knowledge Economy. In: I. Jung, M. Nishimura & T. Sasao (eds). Liberal Arts Education and Colleges in East Asia. Possibilities and Challenges in the Global Age. Springer. Pp. 113-124.

Wende, M.C. van der (2015). International Academic Mobility: Towards a Concentration of the Minds in Europe.In: The European Review. Cambridge University Press.Volume 23, issue S1, pp. S70-S88.

Wende, M. C. van der (2014). On Mergers and Missions Implications for Institutional Governance and Governmental Steering. In: Q. Wang, Y. Cheng, & N. CaiLiu (Eds.). Global Outreach of World-Class Universities: How It is Affecting Higher Education Systems. Centre for World-Class Universities. Jiao Tong University, Shanghai. Sense Publishers. Pp. 137-153.

Wende, M.C. van der (2013). Trends towards global excellence in undergraduate education: taking the liberal arts experience into the 21st century. In: International Journal of Chinese Education 2. Pp 289-307.

Wende, M.C. van der (2012). Alleen de beste universiteiten verdienen de beste studenten! Over het toegangs- en toelatingsbeleid voor studenten in de nabije toekomst. Tijdschrift voor Onderwijsrecht en Onderwijsbeleid. Jaargang 2012-2013, No 2, pp. 99-108.

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 (2011). Global Institutions: the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. In: R. King, S. Marginson & R. Naidoo (eds). Handbook on Globalization and Higher Education. Edward Elgar. Pp. 95-114.

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

Forthcoming / in press:

Kirby, W & M.C. van der Wende (eds). The Liberal Arts and Science Education Dialogue across Continents: Experiences and Perspectives from the USA, Europe, and Asia. Studies in Global Higher Education Series. New York, Palgrave MacMillan.

Kirby, W & M.C. van der Wende (eds). New Directions in Liberal Arts and Science Education in Asia. Special Issue of the International Journal of Chinese Education. Brill.

Wende, M.C. van der & J. Zhu. China’s Higher Education in Global Perspective: Leader or Follower in the “World-Class” Movement?  In: N. Cai Liu, Y. Cheng, & Q. Wang (eds). Matching Visibility and Performance: A Standing Challenge for World-Class Universities. Sense Publishers.  Centre for World-Class Universities. Jiao Tong University, Shanghai (Chinese version). 


Center for Studies in Higher Education


Marijk van der Wende; Jiabin Zhu
Research and Occasional Papers Series (ROPS), 2016
Marijk van der Wende
Research and Occasional Papers Series (ROPS), 2015
Marijk van der Wende
Research and Occasional Papers Series (ROPS), 2009
Marijk van der Wende
Research and Occasional Papers Series (ROPS), 2002