Wim Hoppers

Wim Hoppers is a specialist in education policy and planning in developing countries, with a strong focus on East- and Southern Africa. He has an M.A. Degree from University of Utrecht in Modern and African History (as Affiliate to ASC) (1972), and a Ph.D. from University of London Institute of Education (1984) His Dissertation was: “From School to Work: Youth, Non-formal Education and Employment in Lusaka, Zambia”(The Hague: CESO, 1985.   

Over time he has served across East-and Southern Africa and South-Asia as an academic, education researcher and policy adviser, working for different bi-lateral and multi-lateral agencies. After teaching at the University of Zambia in Lusaka (1976-79) he was based for many years at NUFFIC/CESO in The Hague. More recently, between 1993 and 2004, he worked as Regional Education Adviser for the Netherlands Government Development Cooperation in Southern Africa, based in Harare, Zimbabwe and Pretoria, South Africa (1993-2004). During this period he was also Honorary Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Since his retirement in 2004 Wim was Visiting Professor at the Institute of International Education (IIE) at Stockholm University. Thereafter, since 2009 he has been teaching comparative and international education at the University of Oslo Department for Educational Research. In between he has been engaged in advisory work for international and African organisations. He is still serving as an adviser to the educational reform work of the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA, Tunis/ Abidjan). In this capacity he has been core coordinator on basic education for the ADEA Biennale in Maputo, 2008, and the Triennale in Ouagadougou, 2012.

Wim Hoppers has published widely on policy issues in basic education, the political economy of educational alternatives, and on vocational education and work – mostly in Africa.

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University of Oslo