Robert Wagenaar is a historian and at present director of undergraduate and graduate studies at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. He is also joint director of the Tuning Academy, located in Bilbao and Groningen.
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 chairs the Dutch team of experts for the implementation of the ‘Bologna Process’ in Dutch Higher Education institutions.
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 is tested and used in nearly 100 countries, including Russia, Latin America, Africa, as well as the USA, Australia and Canada. In 2012 a large scale Tuning project started in the Central Asian countries, and a pilot study in China. In 2010 the Tuning Academy was launched to support and carry further the projects’ work.