He is internationally recognized and highly cited academic and expert in higher education and science as well as international relations, in particular policy development, policy and practices related to quality assurance, governance and management at the system and institutional level [h-index 24, i10-index 23], international governmental organizations.
In the past 30 years he has been involved in senior-level policy advice to international governmental [UNESCO, The World Bank, OECD, the Council of Europe] and non-governmental organizations, governments and higher education institutions in a number of countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, North America and Arab Region. He was directly involved in the policy formation for the Bologna Process [in the years 2000-2009]. He has an extensive record of being a member of the governing boards, scientific councils of various academic bodies and organizations.
In the period September 2009 – January 2011, he has been Professor and Vice-rector at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities/SWPS in Warsaw, Poland.
From October 1999 to July 2009, he has been Director of UNESCO-European Centre for Higher Education (UNESCO-CEPES) and Representative of UNESCO in Romania. Prior to this position he was Chief of Section for Higher Education Policy at UNESCO, Paris [1992 – 1999].
Jan Sadlak was awarded several high-level national and academic distinctions, among them eight honorary doctorates (Doctor honoris causa) from leading universities. He is Member Correspondent of the European Academy of Arts, Sciences and Humanities – Academia Europensis, France, Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science, USA, and Honorary Member of the National Academy of Sciences of Kazakhstan.
He holds PhD in Educational Administration and Comparative Education from the SUNY/ University of Buffalo, USA, and MA in Economics from the University of Economics in Wrocław, Poland.