dr. D.F. Westerheijden (Don)

Retired senior research associate

About Me

Don is a retired (2021) researcher on quality management in higher education. He studied quality assurance and accreditation and their impacts, as well as university rankings and performance (indicators, contracts). 

Don was involved in thesis supervision (bachelor, master and Ph.D.) as well as post-experience training and consultancy, such as projects for higher education ministries, the European Commission, quality assurance agencies and higher education institutions across Europe, in Asia, the United States and Africa.


Social Sciences
Quality Assurance
Structural Reform


van Broekhoven, K., Huijts, T., Isendam, M., Jacobs, M. , Kolster, R., Leest, B., Meng, C. , Westerheijden, D., & Wolbers, M. (2020). Proeftuinen voor bovengemiddeld getalenteerden: Over het effect van excellentieprogramma's. TH&MA, 2020(4). https://www.themahogeronderwijs.org/het-archief/author/1051
Kolster, R. , & Westerheijden, D. (2020). Understanding Convergence and Divergence in the Internationalization of Higher Education from a World Society Perspective. In G. Capano, & D. S. L. Jarvis (Eds.), Convergence and diversity in the governance of higher education: Comparative perspectives (pp. 156-183). Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108669429.007
Westerheijden, D. F., & Federkeil, G. (2018). U-Multirank: A European multidimensional transparency tool in higher education. Internationalisation of Higher Education, (4), 77-96.
van Vught, F. A., van der Wende, M. C. , & Westerheijden, D. F. (2018). Globalisation and Differentiation in Higher Education Systems. In J. Juisman, & M. Tight (Eds.), Theory and Method in Higher Education Research (Vol. 4, pp. 85-101). (Theory and method in higher education research; Vol. 4). Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.. https://doi.org/10.1108/S2056-375220180000004007
Jongbloed, B. , Vossensteyn, H. , van Vught, F. , & Westerheijden, D. F. (2018). Transparency in Higher Education: The Emergence of a New Perspective on Higher Education Governance. In A. Curaj, L. Deca, & R. Pricopie (Eds.), European Higher Education Area: The Impact of Past and Future Policies (pp. 441-454). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-77407-7_27
Jongbloed, B. W. A. , Vossensteyn, H. , van Vught, F. , & Westerheijden, D. F. (2018). Transparency tools for higher education. In E. Hazelkorn, H. Coates, & A. C. McCormick (Eds.), Research Handbook on Quality, Performance and Accountability in Higher Education (pp. 560-574). (ElgarOnline Social and Political Science subject collection). Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd.. https://www.elgaronline.com/view/edcoll/9781785369742/9781785369742.00055.xml
Jongbloed, B. , Kaiser, F. , van Vught, F. , & Westerheijden, D. (2018). Performance agreements in higher education: a new approach to higher education funding. In A. Curaj, L. Deca, & R. Pricopie (Eds.), European higher education area: The impact of past and future policies (pp. 671-687). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-77407-7

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Formerly supervisor of bachelor and master theses, as well as of PhD dissertations, all if connected with (quality in) higher education.

Courses Academic Year  2021/2022

Courses in the current academic year are added at the moment they are finalised in the Osiris system. Therefore it is possible that the list is not yet complete for the whole academic year.

Courses Academic Year  2020/2021



Contact Details

Visiting Address

University of Twente
Drienerlolaan 5
7522 NB Enschede
The Netherlands

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Mailing Address

University of Twente
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands