Sir John Daniel
Sir John Daniel served on the executive committee of EADTU in its early days during his tenure as vice-chancellor of the UK Open University (1990-2001).
After studying Metallurgy at Oxford University and the University of Paris, he began an academic career in that discipline. However, inspired by a three-month internship at the UK Open University in 1972 he re-oriented his career to open and distance learning (ODL) and joined Québec's Télé-Université. His subsequent appointments were at Athabasca University (vice-president), Concordia University (vice-rector), Laurentian University (president), the UK Open University (vice-chancellor), UNESCO (assistant director-general for education) and the Commonwealth of Learning (president).
Sir John's 360+ publications, which are mostly about ODL, include his books Mega-Universities and Knowledge Media: Technology Strategies for Higher Education (Kogan Page, 1996) and Mega-Schools, Technology and Teachers: Achieving Education for All (Routledge, 2010). He has received 32 honorary doctorates from universities in 17 countries.
The three countries where he has lived and worked have recognised his contributions with national honours: France – Ordre des Palmes Académiques: Chevalier (1986) and Officier (1991); United Kingdom – Knight Bachelor (1994); Canada – Officer of the Order of Canada ‘for his advancement of open learning and distance education in Canada and around the world’ (2013).