Fred is since October 2020 leading the International Affairs cluster, working with internal and external stakeholders on the internationalisation of the university’s education, research and valorisation. He is with the team working out a broad vision on internationalisation, embracing current valuable practices in the framework of the Shaping2030 strategy.
He graduated at the UT in 1987 at the brand-new Faculty of Education (Toegepaste Onderwijskunde) walking his professional path at the Open University of the Netherlands, designing, researching and shaping innovations in Higher Education, with focus on adult learners, Technology Enhanced Learning, open and online education. Eventually he moved from building curricula, to R&D in European networks and policy and strategy for the rector and its network of distance learning universities in Europe.
Besides this, he is active as a change agent on designing and implementing innovative education systems in different countries for UN-organisations (UNHCR, UNESCO) and international NGOs. This includes growing online module based higher education in the Arab world with internationally oriented universities in a network to reach out to marginalized youth and refugees in Africa and the Middle East.