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Macfarlane, Ian

Senior Education Advisor, Centre for International Cooperation, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (Netherlands)

EFA expertise and area of competenceGoal 6. Quality education
Research; Instruction and training
Study subjects; Educational systems and levels; Educational policy; Educational institutions; Educational evaluation; Science education; Mathematics education; Higher education; Educational planning; Teacher education schools; Secondary schools; Higher education institutions; Government educational bodies; Educational quality
Asia and the Pacific; Arab States; Africa; Philippines; Yemen; Namibia; Ghana; Ethiopia; Botswana
English

Currently situated at the Centre for International Cooperation (CIS) of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VUA) as a senior education specialist, I am involved in several higher education projects related to EFA, being implemented in Ghana and Yemen, and have previously led the CIS Education and Development Unit. I have spent 30 years in the field of education in developing countries, including two long-term assignments (+10 years at the University of Botswana – as Dean of the Faculty of Science and acting as representative for the Republic of Botswana on a number of international bodies – and +6 years as a specialist adviser in the Ministry of Education in Namibia, becoming appointed as founding Chairperson of the new Namibian College of Open Learning (NAMCOL). From an early background in the natural sciences my interests, knowledge and activities have increased over the years to now span a much wider, and more varied, range of aspects of education and development: teacher education, bridging secondary and tertiary education, improving middle and higher management in the university sector, ensuring quality and relevance in higher education, and in all aspects of the development project cycle. This last expertise includes project evaluation, carried out on behalf of major international development agencies – most of these also in the role of team leader.
Contact informationig.macfarlane@dienst.vu.nl
http://www.cis.vu.nl/en/about-cis/staff-per-thematic-area/education-and-development/ian-ma ...

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