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drs. R. Wagenaar

Director International Tuning Academy Groningen
drs. R. Wagenaar
+31 50 36 35176 (Office R.Wagenaar)
+31 50 36 36059 (Administration International Tuning Academy)

Robert Wagenaar is a historian and at present Director of the International Tuning Academy.

From 2004 until 2014 he was director of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies (Dean of Studies) at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. In that capacity he was responsible for 15 bachelor and some 25 master programmes, ranging from Area Studies, Archaeology Communication Studies, Journalism Studies, to History and International Relations. A total of 5000 students are enrolled in these programmes. 

He is an external Higher Education expert for the European Commission and has been involved in main initiatives to harmonize European Higher Education, as the development of a European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) since 1988, the Qualifications Framework for the European Higher Education Area and a European Qualifications Framework for LLL. He also is a member of the Dutch team of experts for the implementation of the ‘Bologna Process’ in Dutch Higher Education institutions chaired and coordinated by the Ministry of Education and Culture.

Furthermore, Robert Wagenaar is coordinator of the Erasmus Mundus Master Programme of Excellence Euroculture: Europe in the Wider World.   

Together with Julia Gonzalez (University of Deusto, Bilbao, Spain), he elaborated, designed and coordinates the large scale innovative projects Tuning Educational Structures in the World. Based on close cooperation of hundreds of academics from Europe and other parts of the World, Tuning has contributed to the modernisation of higher education by developing an approach for designing and implementing curricula using the student centred approach and the concept of key competences and learning outcomes as focal points. By now, the Tuning methodology has been applied and/or tested in more than 100 countries, covering - besides Europe - Latin America,  many States in the USA, Africa, Russia, Central Asia and Thailand.

Tuning material has been translated into over 13 languages, including Japanese. Most recent Tuning initiatives are the development of Sectorial Qualifications Frameworks for Social Sciences (2008-2010) and for Humanities and the Performing and Creative Disciplines (2010 - 2012) and the studies Tuning Australia and Tuning USA as well as Tuning feasibility studies for Africa, Canada and China, commissioned by the European Commission. As a result a pilot study has been launched for Africa, which will be extended to a full project soon. In 2014 Tuning project are planned for India and Japan.

As part of the OECD AHELO (Assessment of Higher Education Learning Outcomes) (2008-2013) project Tuning designed Conceptual Frameworks of Expected/Desired Learning Outcomes in Economics and Engineering. As a follow-up he was appointed as a member of the Technical Advisory Board of the AHELO project. This board supervised the project on behalf of the OECD Secretariat. Active participating countries in the project were for instance Japan and South-Korea.

In 2010/2011 the  International Tuning Academy, located in Bilbao and Groningen, was launched to support and carry further the Tuning projects’ work.


EAIE Bo Gregersen Award for Best Practice (2011) (

Ere-Perspenning Stichting Groninger Studie Journalistiek (GSJ) (2008)


Official EU Missions

EU-People's Republic of China.Policy dialogue. Member of EU delegation to Beijing, led by the European Commissioner for Education and Culture, December 2012.

EU-USA Policy dialogue. Member of EU delegation to Washington, led by Dep. Director–General for Education and Culture, November 2011.

EU-Australia Policy dialogue. Member of EU delegation, led by Director-General for Education and Culture, to Melbourne, Sidney, Canberra, March 2009.

Tuning Mission to Latin America (August 2004) 

Brazil (Brasilia) – Director-General Ministry of Education and Presidents of the three Rector’s Conferences of Brazil

Argentina (Buenos Aires): - Director-General Ministry of Education and Managing Board of the Quality Assurance Agency of Argentina

Peru (Lima): Director-General Ministry of Education and President of the Rector’s Conference

Paraguay Asuncion): Deputy Minister of Education and Director-General of the Ministry of Education

Tuning Mission to India

Mumbai, Pune, (5-9 May 2014)

New Delphi (25-26 September 2014)


  • Member high level Consultative Group on Pan African Quality Assurance & Accreditation Framework (Accra, Ghana) (2015) (on request European Commission)
  • Member EC Ad-Hoc Workgroup on the revision of ECTS Users' Guide (on invitation EC and on behalf Dutch Ministry of Education and Culture) (2013-2015)
  • Internal Quality Evaluator of the Project Emerging Modes of Cooperation between Private Sector Organisations and  Universities (EMCOSU) (2012-2015)
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the project EAR HEI, coordinated by NUFFIC, The Hague (2012-2014)
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the Tuning Canada Project for Ontario (organised by HEQCO) (2011-2013)
  • Member of the Technical Advisory Committee for the OECD Feasibility Study Assessment of Higher Learning Committee (2010-2013)(in practice the TAG supervised the Study on request of the OECD Secretariat)
  • Invited expert Round Table Re-Launching the Bologna Process, S&D Group European Parliament (invitation by Luigi Berlinguer), European Parliament, Brussels, 5 May 2010.
  • Member advisory board Pilot Project Tuning USA organized by the Lumina Foundation in cooperation with the Tuning Association (2009 -)
  • Member of EC Ad-Hoc WG on the revision of the ECTS Users’ Guide (on invitation of EC DG EAC, 2007-2009).
  • Member of the Advisory Board of a Bologna project concerning the recognition of degrees on the basis of learning outcomes and competences. The project was co-ordinated by the Dutch ENIC-NARIC (2006-2007)
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the information project for all Bologna promoters in Europe. This project was organized on behalf of the European Commission by the EUA in close co-operation with its partners, EAIE, ESIB, EURASHE and the Tuning project. (2005-2007)
  • Foreign expert of the team responsible for the certifying process of the Qualifications Framework  of the Republic of Ireland (2005-2006)
  • Member of the EC Expert’s Group assisting the European Commission in preparing the EQF for LLL (2004-2006)
  • Member of the Bologna Process Expert’s Group responsible for the preparation of A Framework for Qualifications of the European Higher Education Area (on behalf of the EUA) (2004-2005)
  • Member of the Advisory Committee of the Dutch Ministry of Education and Culture concerning  Bologna Process matters (since 2004)
  • Invited expert (by the Ministry of Education of Finland on request of the European Commission)at the official Bologna Seminar on Master Degrees (Helsinki, 14-15 May 2003)
  • Invited expert (by EUA) at the official Seminar “ECTS – The Challenge for Institutions” (Zurich, 11-12 October 2002)
  • Invited expert and speaker (by the Dutch Ministry of Education and Culture) at the official Bologna Seminar “Working on the European Dimension of Quality” (12-13 March 2002)
  • Invited expert (by the Ministry of Education of Finland on request of the European Commission) at the official Bologna Seminar on Bachelor Degrees (Helsinki, 2002)
  • Member ‘Evaluatiecommissie Afstudeerrichting Journalistiek’ (Groningen 1997)
  • Member Advisory Board Groninger Stichting voor de Journalistiek (1992-2005)
  • Member “Begeleidingscommissie Onderzoek naar de Actuele en toekomstige journalistiek arbeidsmarkt” Vereniging van Hogescholen (1992-1993). Onderzoek uitgevoerd in opdracht Nederlandse Vereniging van Journalisten, Vereniging de Nederlandse Dagbladpers, Nederlandse Organisatie ven Tijdschriftuitgevers, Nederlandse Omroepstichting, HBO-opleidingen Journalistiek, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen)(Representative University of Groningen)
  • Member ‘Verkenningscommissie Opleiding Journalistiek, ‘”Een universitaire opleiding Journalistiek’’ (Groningen 1990)


General rapporteur of the official Bologna Seminar 3rd Cycle Degree: Competence and Researcher Career. Organized by the Finnish Ministry of Education. Helsinki, 30 September – 1 October 2008


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International Tuning Academy

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+31 50 36 35176 (Office R.Wagenaar)
+31 50 36 36059 (Administration International Tuning Academy)