Prof. Dr. Marijk van der Wende

Prof. Dr. Marijk van der Wende

Utrecht University

Keynote 14 February, 2018, 15.15-16.00 Uhr

STEM goes global – is internationalization of the curriculum adequate?

The meaning, reach, and impact of internationalization in higher education varies strongly between types of institutions, academic disciplines, and professional fields. This is dependent on the extent to which these are subject to (or subjects or key agents of) globalization. STEM is a particular case in point, as its research is organised in a global science system and engineering is among the most globalized regulated professions. At strategic level, performance in STEM strongly defines the standing of the university in global rankings and is central to global competition between West and East (new players such as China and Singapore) in key areas for innovation, economic growth and geo-strategic positioning. Star institutions are seeking new cross and interdisciplinary combinations to prepare their students for successful careers to stand out in the top tech of the 21st century. What does this imply for internationalization of  the curriculum? Are the usual concepts and categories still relevant?


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Marijk van der Wende is Distinguished Professor of Higher Education at Utrecht University’s Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance. Her research focuses on the impact of globalization and internationalization on higher education. She has published widely on the impact of these processes on higher education systems, institutions, curricula, and teaching and learning arrangements.

She is also an affiliate faculty and research associate at the Center for Studies in Higher Education (CSHE) at the University of California Berkeley and member of the Academia Europaea (the Academy of Europe, section behavioral sciences).

She held full professorial positions at CHEPS, University of Twente (2001-2016), VU University Amsterdam (2006-2015), and 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), Shanghai Jiao Tong University (Center for World-Class Universities and Graduate School of Education), and Boston College (Centre for International Higher Education).

She is currently a member of: the Supervisory Board of the Open University of the Netherlands, the Board of the Rathenau Institute for Science and Technology in Society, the  International Advisory Board of the Centre for the Study of World Class Universities, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, the Graduate Campus Advisory Board of the University of Zurich, and the Board of the Amsterdam University College Scholarship Fund (ASF Foundation).

Previously, she was Dean of Graduate Studies at Utrecht University (2015-2017) and Founding Dean of Amsterdam University College (2007-2015). She served as the President of the programme on Institutional Management in Higher Education (IMHE) of the OECD (2005-2011), as a member of the Higher Education Authority Ireland (2011-2015), the Scientific Board of the Dutch Military Academy (2007-2013), and worked at NUFFIC (the Netherlands Organisation for International Cooperation in Higher Education) (1992-1998), and the Academic Cooperation Association (ACA) in Brussels (1994-1998). She has been a chair and member of numerous national and international advisory committees and editorial boards.

Marijk 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.