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Mr Jon File

Honorary Senior Fellow

Director: Development and Consultancy, Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies

Jon File holds a first-class Honours degree in Sociology from the University of Cape Town. His career has been primarily in university planning and management, having held the posts of Director of Academic Support Programmes, University Planning Officer and Academic Secretary at the University of Cape Town between 1980 and 1997. He was a member of the 13-person National Commission on Higher Education (1995/6) appointed by the new South African government to make proposals for the transformation of higher education. He joined CHEPS in 1998 and served as Executive Director from 2004 until 2009.

His current interests are comparative perspectives on the effects of governmental policies on higher education institutions; planning at the institutional and systems levels; higher education reform in the context of major socio-political transformation; and the development of higher education leaders and managers through education and training programmes.

Recent and current projects include three European Commission funded projects on higher education reform across Europe (Bologna process; governance reform; and funding reform) of which he was joint project leader with Jürgen Enders; the ECIU Leadership Development Programme; and participation in the U-Map and U-Multirank projects (developing a European classification of higher education institutions and a global multi-dimensional university ranking).