Jacques Zeelen is a social scientist with a long experience in Adult Education and Social Intervention. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Amsterdam in Psychology and a Master’s degree from the Free University in Berlin in the same discipline. At the Free University he also completed his PhD research on an action research project in Mental Health. For a longer time he headed the research programme Rehabilitation issues in mental health of the department of Adult Education (Andragogy) at the University of Groningen. In 1997 he was invited as a visiting professor at the University of the North (now called University of Limpopo) in South Africa and was appointed full professor of Adult Education in 1998. After resuming his duties at the department of Pedagogy (section Lifelong Learning) at the University of Groningen in September 2004, he combined research in the Netherlands with research in Sub-Saharan countries (Uganda, Tanzania, Mozambique, South Africa). Together with colleagues from different African countries, he initiated the international research and development project Early School Leaving in Africa (ESLA).Due to the growing urgency of research on early school leaving and vocational education worldwide, the ESLA project was renamed more generally Youth, Education and Work (YEW). Recently, he got involved in two Niche projects financed by the Dutch government in Mozambique concerning capacity building at the Catholic University of Mozambique and a project towards reducing the skills gap between the new energy sector and the existing educational programmes.
In April 2014 Jacques Zeelen was appointed full professor on ‘Lifelong Learning and Social Intervention in the context of Globalisation’ at Globalisation Studies Groningen, an inter-faculty institute positioned in the Faculty of Arts of the University of Groningen.
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