Institutional Profiles: Some Strategic Tools

Frans van Vught and Jeroen Huisman

About Authors


   Frans van Vught  ( is currently a top-level expert and advisor to the European Commission and former President of the University of Twente (1997-2005), Netherlands. Professor Dr. Frans van Vught is also president of the European Centre for Strategic Management of Universities (Esmu), president of the Netherlands House for Education and Research (Nether), and member of the board of the European Institute of Technology Foundation (EITF). His many international functions also include memberships of the University Grants Committee of Hong Kong, of the board of the European University Association (EUA) (2005-2009), of the German ‘Akkreditierungsrat’ (2005-2009) and of the L.H. Martin Institute for Higher Education Leadership and Management in Australia. For most of his life, Professor van Vught has been a higher education researcher and has published widely in this field. Van Vught is a sought-after international speaker and has been a consultant to many international organisations, national governments, and higher education institutions.


   Jeroen Huisman ( is Professor at the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, Ghent University (Belgium). His current research interests cover the (impacts of the) change from government to governance in higher education, the dynamics of organisational change, inertia and diversity in higher education, institutional management and governance, and internationalisation and Europeanisation. Professor Huisman has been involved in a number of national and international research projects, commissioned by national governments, the European Commission and the Organisation for Economic and Cultural Development. He has also been involved in various consultancy projects across the world. He is Editor of Higher Education Policy and SRHE Higher Education Book Series. He also is Chair of the Executive Committee of the European Higher Education Society (EAIR). Professor Huisman holds a PhD in Public Administration (University of Twente, The Netherlands).