Jose Brunner Ried


Republic of Chile

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Professor of Education Policy, UNESCO Chair in Comparative Higher Education Policy , University of Diego Portales-Chile

Short Bio:

Dr. José Joaquin Brunner is the UNESCO Chair Professor in Comparative Higher Education Policies at the Universidad Diego Portales in Chile. Prior to his present academic position he was Professor at the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez and the Catholic University of Chile, and Director of the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO) in Chile. He has served as a visiting scholar in the University of Leiden, Universidad de Los Andes (Colombia), and CINVESTAV’s Department of Educational Research (Mexico) amongst others. For most of his career, José has been a consultant in tertiary education policies for various international agencies, amongst them the OECD and the World Bank. In this capacity he has worked in 30 different countries in Latin America, Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Africa. He led the recent OECD review mission on higher education to Mexico (2006) and was a member of the review teams for Spain (2007) and Egypt (2009). From 1990 onwards he has served in various public bodies. He chaired Chile’s National Television Council and the Chilean Higher Education Accreditation Commission. From 1994 to 1998 he served as Minister Secretary General of the Chilean Government, a cabinet position. Presently he is a member of the Global Initiative for Quality Assurance Capacity (GIQAC) Steering Committee. José has published extensively on tertiary education systems and policies, culture and modernization in Latin America, and Chilean society. In 2004 he was invited to deliver the George F. Kneller Lecture at the Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES). In 1989 he was awarded the Lester Pearson Fellowship by the International Development Research Center (IDRC), Canada. José received his PhD degree in sociology from the University of Leiden, after completing his law studies at the Catholic University in Chile and two years of graduate training in sociology at Oxford University under the supervision of Dr. A. H. Halsey.