David Hardy is an Englishman who has worked for over 40 years in education as lecturer, senior manager, senior civil servant, chief executive of a higher vocational institution and President of the rectors of Europe's open universities. In these posts and as a successful international consultant he has been responsible for major reforms to education aimed at meeting the needs of employers in a modern economy. In the last 16 years he has focussed on the republics of the former Soviet Union including Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Georgia and Azerbaijan as well as working in Turkey and Romania.
He has also made links between the institutions in these countries and major overseas education providers as part of a process of quality enhancement.
His expertise is in encouraging evidence-based policy making and modern institutional strategic planning.
He is also committed to ensuring that concrete mechanisms are in place to ensure that programmes are: relevant; high quality; meet employer needs; are delivered by competent teachers with recent practical experience and not just theoretical knowledge; are accessible to learners; meet continuing as well as initial professional education needs; are financed sustainably, and are part of a strong national government policy for the long-term and not simply to meet the needs of a short-term project.