Dr. Albert Schram is a Dutch professor, who obtained his doctorate from the renowned European University Institute in Florence (Italy) on a topic of European economic and business history. His thesis was published with Cambridge University Press. Albert is passionate about the transformative role of higher education, in particular for undeserved or underprivileged students. He is keen on developing solutions for the global education crisis, by improving governance, management and academic quality of universities and higher education systems worldwide. He holds a graduate certificate from the University of California Berkeley’s Center for Studies in Higher Education on higher education leadership.
During his career, he worked as an academic at leading universities in Latin America (12 years), Europe (8 years) and the Asia Pacific Region (6 years). He has over 25 years teaching experience, and received extensive training in innovative, student-centred and online teaching approaches.
His last full-time role was as Vice Chancellor (Rector Magnificus) at the Papua New Guinea University of Technology, the only technological university in the South Pacific, where he played a transformative role. During his career he delivered major input for 24 successful grant proposals for the European Commission obtained, 11 Dutch Science Foundation grants (one as Principal Investigator), and 9 other grants (5 as PI). He taught in Italian and Dutch (native languages), as well as in English and Spanish.