Dr. Andreas Frijdal studied chemistry (RUCA) and economics at the Free University Brussels (VUB) and obtained his PhD in Economics there.
He was member of the Economics Department of the Free University, later setting up the university’s R&D sector and specializing in research management.
In 1985 he moved to the European University Institute, Florence (Italy), where he was responsible for research management before becoming Director of the Academic Service in 1988. During this time he wrote various articles and reports on research management, doctoral education and the development of European Studies programmes for the European Union and other governmental bodies.
Over the last years he has focused on the training of researchers and postdocs in his function as responsible for the implementation of the doctoral programme.
He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Innovation and Research in Graduate Education of the University of Washington, Seattle and member of the Conseil and the Comité scientifique de la Fondation Jean Monnet pour l'Europe. He was one of the founding members of the Steering Committee for the EUA Council for Doctoral Education.