Dirk Van Damme

Dirk Van Damme currently is Head of Division in the Directorate for Education and Skills at the OECD in Paris. He holds a PhD in educational sciences from Ghent University and is also professor of educational sciences in the same university (since 1995). In his academic career he was also 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, USA (2001-2008). His main academic work focused on the history of education, comparative education, lifelong learning and international higher education. He also served in various positions in the field of education policy in the Flemish part of Belgium, among others as general director of the Flemish Rectors’ Conference, as deputy and chief of staff of various Flemish education ministers. Before joining the OECD in 2008 he served as an expert for various international organisations (IAUP, UNESCO, AQA, QANU, etc.), mainly on higher education policy, quality assurance and accreditation and innovation. His current interests are evidence-based innovation in education, comparative analyses of educational systems, open education, and new developments in the learning sciences. At the OECD he is responsible for the Innovation and Measuring Progress Division (IMEP), leading both the Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI) and the Indicators of Educational Systems (INES) programme responsible for the yearly flagship publication Education at a Glance. He is also responsible for the Assessing Higher Education Learning Outcomes (AHELO) Main Study. 

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