Josep M. Vilalta Verdú

Barcelona, 1965.

Since 2007 I am Executive Secretary of the Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP), that is composed of the universities of Barcelona (UB), Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Pompeu Fabra (UPF), Girona (UdG), Lleida (UdL), Rovira i Virgili (URV) and Oberta de Catalunya (UOC).

Before I held the following positions and responsibilities: Deputy Director General for Research of the Generalitat de Catalunya, Head of the Evaluation, Studies and University Cooperation of the Generalitat de Catalunya, Head of the Strategic Planification Unit of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Coordinator of the UNESCO Chair for University Management, Deputy Director of Management of the Laboratori d’Enginyeria Marítima (Ocean Engineering Laboratory) (UPC) and Executive Secretary of the International Centre for Coast Resources. I have been a teacher in the fields of public management, public policy and university and research management in different universities and centres. Furthermore I promoted and coordinated a Master in University Management and Policies

I hold a degree in History and Geography (UB), a Master in Public Management (UAB), a Master in Political and Social Theory (UPF) and a postgraduate degree in Higher Education Management (Open University at Universiteit Twente). I have also been a visiting lecturer at the University of London (Great Britain) and the University of Twente (The Netherlands).

In the past years I have collaborated with projects and initiatives in different ministries, departments and organisms of the central government, the Generalitat de Catalunya and other autonomous communities. Also with institutions of the European Commission, the OECD, the UNESCO and the European Association of Universities, with governments, administrations and universities of 12 different countries. What I most value from these experiences are two distinctive rewards. On the one hand, the amount of great people and professionals that I have had the pleasure to meet and to share ideas and projects with. And on the other hand, to be able to continuously learn and generate new ideas to apply in Catalonia, using the knowledge and experience of different ways of managing universities, and university and research policies, in other countries and contexts.

I have published books, chapters of books, articles and reports in the following areas: university leadership, management and public policies, organisation, management and university funding, university policies and governance, research management and policy, knowledge management and innovation. In this blog you will find some of these reports, articles and books.