The (re)formative school


Education is facing major challenges that force us to adapt and reform our education system. The latest book, written by Prof. Dr. Kristof De Witte (KUL, visiting fellow Itinera) and Prof. Dr. Jean Hindriks (UCL, senior fellow Itinera), gives an insight into several significant reforms in Dutch and French speaking education. More specifically, it relates to the reform of secondary education in Flanders, the M-decree, the ‘Pacte d’Excellence’ (Pact of Excellence), teacher training and dual learning. It also refers to international trends that might provide inspiration for our own reforms.

In addition to reform, we are also focusing on student education, more specifically the ideal prescribed by the ‘Pacte d’Excellence’, i.e. that of an open and efficient school. Finally, the book looks in more detail at the digital transition taking place in our schools and at selection, registration fees and what’s on offer in higher education. The (re)formative school is accessible for the public at large.

Curious about the content? Check the contents, introduction and biographies of the authors who contributed to the book in the Dutch or French language here.

The book is available in Dutch or French.

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Kristof De Witte

Kristof De Witte is visiting fellow. He’s Associate Professor at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration from the University of Leuven and professor through the Chair ‘Effectiveness and Efficiency of Educational Innovations’ at Maastricht University. Kristof De Witte is also an affiliate member of the CESifo Network (Ludwig-Maximilians-University and Ifo Institute). At the KU Leuven he coordinates the Teacher Training Economics and has been director of the faculty’s research ‘Leuven Economics of Education Research’ (LEER). His research interests include education economics, performance measurement and school dropout. He published his work in numerous international magazines.

Jean Hindriks

Jean Hindriks obtained his BA, MA and PhD in Economics at the University of Namur. A former lecturer in economics at the University of Exeter and at Queen Mary, University of London, he is currently professor in Economics at the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL). He also served as co-director of Centre of Operations Research and Economics (CORE) and as director of Undergraduate Studies in Economics and Management at the UCL. A co-editor of several academic journals and a member of the International Monetary Fund’s panel of fiscal experts, he has published widely and internationally on issues of public economics and political economy. He was à member of the pension reform commission 2020-2040 and is now member of the pension academic council.