Wim Simoens (M. Sc. Engineer; B.Edu. Teacher Qualification; Postgraduate Languages; Postgraduate School Management) is specialized in the implementation of quality development in educational organisations. After a short career in industry, he started as teacher of science in an upper vocational school. Later he taught chemical technology at the University of Applied Sciences. He was involved in the starting up of the teachers training in vocational disciplines (electro-mechanics, electricity and civil construction) at this University of Applied Sciences where he taught also didactics. From the beginning of the nineties on, he acquired a broad experience in European projects (Lingua, Comenius, Intercultura, Interreg, Leonardo da Vinci and Erasmusplus) as partner, project manager and quality assessor. He was technical assistant headmaster and pedagogical principal in two large vocational schools. Mr Simoens also was member of the Central Examination Commission of the Flemish Ministry of Education and he took part in the writing of several curricula for the Network of Catholic Schools. He was governor in the Board of schools for learners with special needs. The last ten years he was pedagogical advisor for secondary education in Flanders (BE) and staff member of the international in-service training organisation ‘Eekhout Academy’. As senior international officer of the Eekhout Academy he organized and led dozens of international courses (KA1). He keeps being involved in the quality assurance and management of several European projects. Since September 1st 2019, he’s the director of the Eekhout Academy, centre for continuous development of the Network of Catholic School is Flanders, the University of Leuven Campus Kortrijk and the University of Applied Sciences VIVES. The Eekhout Academy has a national and international scope, and is one of the largest CPD’s in Belgium.
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