Michèle P. Wera (1958) is senior staff member at NVAO, the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders, in The Hague since 2004. She is primarily responsible for accreditation procedures and institutional audits in both the Netherlands and abroad. She holds a special interest in the quality assurance of medical education. Most recently, she coordinated NVAO’s successful application for WFME recognition. She is also responsible for the NVAO reaccreditation of the medical programmes in the Netherlands.
She is an experienced ENQA (European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education) trained reviewer and participates in various international activities including reviews of quality assurance agencies. She was project manager of ARQATA, a three-year project in Armenia funded by the World Bank. The project included the institutional audit of the Yerevan State University of Medicine and a peer review of the basic medical programmes. Other international experience involves peer reviews of four offshore medical schools in the Dutch Caribbean and institutional audits in Croatia (pilots) and Kazakhstan. In 2019, she visited medical schools and quality assurance agencies in Georgia, Hungary and Poland sharing good practice following NVAO’s WFME recognition status. She frequently contributes to international events as an invited speaker and regularly publishes articles on controversial quality assurance topics.
Before joining NVAO, she worked for the Department of Education in Brussels, Belgium. She holds an MA in English (1980) and an MA in Plant Location and Development from the School of Economics (1988), both from Brussels University.