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Dirk Van Damme

Dirk Van DammeDirk Van Damme is the head of the Centre for Educational Research and Innovation at OECD.

Dirk Van Damme holds a PhD degree in educational sciences from Ghent University and is also professor of educational sciences in the same university (since 1995). He also was part-time professor in comparative education at the Free University of Brussels (1997-2000) and visiting professor of comparative education at Seton Hall University, NJ, United States (2001-2008).

He has been professionally involved in educational policy development as deputy director of the cabinet of the Flemish Minister of education Luc Van den Bossche (1992-1998), as general director of the Flemish rectorsí conference VLIR (2000-2003), as expert for the implementation of the Bologna Declaration for Ms Marleen Vanderpoorten, Flemish Minister of education (2002-2003) and as director of the cabinet of Mr Frank Vandenbroucke, Flemish minister of education (2004-2008). In 2004 he served also as executive director of the RAGO, the organization of public schools in the Flemish Community of Belgium.

Besides that, he has served as an expert on issues related to international higher education policy, quality assurance and accreditation for several international organisations, as board member of QANU, the quality assurance agency for the Dutch universities, as member of the scientific board of AQA, the Austrian Quality Agency in higher education, and as member of the Committee for the evaluation of the University of Luxembourg.

See M-2009 Programme, Wednesday afternoon, 10 June 2009