INQAAHE 14TH BIENNIAL FORUM 2024

Transforming Society: Social Responsibility Through Quality Assurance Of Tertiary Education

📅 June 10 – June 12, 2024

📍 Bucharest, Romania

đŸŸïž National University of Science and Technology Politehnica Bucharest

Hosted by the Romanian Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ARACIS)

Fundația Universității Politehnica din București -HIPOLITECH

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INQAAHE 14TH BIENNIAL FORUM 2024

 

Transforming Society: Social Responsibility through Quality Assurance of Tertiary Education

 

Hosted by the Romanian Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ARACIS)

CALL FOR PAPERS

 

We are looking for participants that are willing to discuss, collaborate and spark ideas through insightful and shared experiences.

 

The proposals should aim to equip the audience with a holistic understanding of how tertiary education can shape a better future for individuals and society. The deadline for submissions has been extended to January 31, 2024. More information can be found here.

PROGRAMME

 

Transforming Society: Social Responsibility through
Quality Assurance of Tertiary Education

10th of June

11th of June

12th of June

13th of June

REGISTRATION

Forum

550 USD
for INQAAHE members

580 USD for non-members

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2 days of forum + social day

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Panel discussions, roundtables and keynote sessions

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Networking opportunities

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Welcome cocktail, Gala dinner, Lunch & Coffee breaks

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Regional networks meeting, General Assembly meeting

Forum + 1 WORKSHOP

650 USD
for INQAAHE members

710 USD for non-members

N

2 days of forum + social day

N

Panel discussions, roundtables and keynote sessions

N

Welcome cocktail, Gala dinner, Lunch & Coffee breaks

N

Networking opportunities

N

Regional networks meeting, General Assembly meeting

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1 PRE-FORUM WORKSHOP

Forum + 2 WORKSHOPS

700 USD
for INQAAHE members

760 USD for non-members

N

2 days of forum + social day

N

Panel discussions, roundtables and keynote sessions

N

Welcome cocktail, Gala dinner, Lunch & Coffee breaks

N

Networking opportunities

N

Regional networks meeting, General Assembly meeting

N

2 PRE-FORUM WORKSHOPS

SPEAKERS

 

DAY 1 | 10th of June

WORKSHOP 1 – Skill up with the ISGs: a hands-on workshop to make innovation an everyday habit

Dr. Susanna Karakhanyan

Dr. Susanna Karakhanyan is employed by the Abu Dhabi Government as Higher Education Policy & Regulation Director at the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge in the United Arab Emirates. She consults governments on policymaking, governance as well as external and internal QA systems in a diversity of contexts globally. Dr. Karakhanyan’s expertise evolves around tertiary education in general and policymaking, governance and quality assurance in particular. She authors and delivers capacity building events and external reviews of governance structures, legal frameworks and QA systems worldwide. She has authored, initiated and has been implementing a variety of projects under the auspices of the Council of Europe, UNESCO, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, Open Society Institute, IREX, to name some. All the projects address higher education reforms in general and diversity of aspects in legal frameworks, governance and quality assurance, in particular (e.g. Tajikistan, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Vietnam, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan).

Dr. Anna Prades

Dr. Anna Prades sits in the Board of Directors of the International Network for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (INQAAHE) as Treasurer, since October 2021. She is Head of Internationalisation and Knowledge Generation Department of AQU Catalunya, where she has been working since 2001. She has a degree in Psychology (1996) and a PhD in Pedagogy (2005) from the University of Barcelona. During the last years, her main endeavour in AQU Catalunya has been the building up of a system of evidences for quality assurance (official descriptors, academic indicators, assessment results, graduates and employer surveys) and the integration of these indicators in a platform for public information in order to generate trust in the Catalan Higher Education System (EUC studies).

Dr. Ariana De Vincenzi

Dr. Ariana De Vincenzi holds a PhD in Education from the University of San AndrĂ©s, Argentina, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Educational Sciences from the Argentine Catholic University. Currently, she serves as the Academic Vice-rector at the Universidad Abierta Interamericana of Argentina. She holds positions as a consultant for international universities and advises public organizations. From 2016 to 2023, she served as the Academic Secretary for the Network of Associations of Private Latin American and Caribbean Universities (REALCUP). In 2023, she was appointed as a Director of the Board of the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE).

WORKSHOP 2 & WORKSHOP 3 – Comprehensive Quality Assurance Workshop: Mastering Principles and Techniques of Quality Assurance in Higher Education, A Practical Workshop: Basis & Methodology

Dr. Mary Catharine Lennon

Mary Catharine Lennon, PhD, has an academic and professional background in international and comparative higher education research and policy development in areas including system design, accountability, quality assurance, and evaluation. She is the Head of Research, International and Special Projects at the Postsecondary Education Quality Assessment Board of Ontario (PEQAB), a two-term Board Director of the International Network of Quality Assurance in Higher Education (INQAAHE) and chairs the Marjorie Lenn Peace Centre for Research and Capacity Building in Quality Assurance. Dr. Lennon also holds an appointment with the Canadian and International Higher Education Centre at OISE/University of Toronto, where she also lectures on Governance in Higher Education.

Dr. Fabrizio Trifiro

Fabrizio is an international expert in quality assurance and international education, with specific expertise in the quality assurance and recognition of transnational education. He is a member of the Accreditation Committee of the British Accreditation Council, and an Independent Governor of Wrexham University in Wales.

Fabrizio has covered, over the past 15 years, leading roles with the agency managing the UK qualification recognition function (UK ENIC) and the UK Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education.

He has acted as a reviewer and consultant for a number of international quality assurance bodies and international agencies, including most recently the Office for Students (OfS) in England, Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI), the Granada National Accreditation Board (GNAB), UNESCO, and the British Council.

WORKSHOP 4 – A force for good? Exploring critical approaches to quality assurance in the Global South

Eduardo Ramos

Eduardo is responsible for the portfolio of QAA’s international services, including international membership services, accreditation, consultancy and QE-TNE (quality evaluation and enhancement of UK transnational education). He leads on international partnership building, ensuring QAA continues to work with governments, agencies and institutions globally to benefit UK higher education and its international reputation.

Prior to this role, Eduardo worked in education internationalisation for Universities UK, St George’s Hospital Medical School, Audencia Business School, and ICEX-Invest in Spain. He holds an LLB from the Autonomous University of Madrid, an MBA from University College London and is fluent in English, Spanish and French.

WORKSHOP 5 – Quality Assurance as a Catalyst for Refugee and Displaced Student Integration in Tertiary Education

Amir Radfar

Amir Radfar serves as a TVET Officer at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), where he is dedicated to broadening access to quality higher vocational education for refugees. With over 20 years of experience in the field of vocational training, he specializes in integrating refugees and displaced persons into TVET systems, ensuring they receive the education and skills necessary for employment. Prior to his role at UNHCR, Radfar worked with TÜV Rheinland in Southeast Asia on TVET quality assurance and conducted TVET market analyses for iMOVE(German international Marketing of Vocational Education). His career is also marked by significant contributions as an adviser, monitoring and evaluation consultant and project coordinator for well-known international agencies including UNESCO, UNEVOC, UNEP, UNOHCHR, UNESCAP, and GIZ, underscoring his broad expertise in educational development and refugee inclusion globally.

Fabrice HĂ©nard

Mr. Fabrice HENARD is the CEO of INQAAHE. He is a global expert in tertiary education and quality assurance as an evaluator, trainer, facilitator or policy advisor. He brings to INQAAHE the experience he gained working for The French Evaluation Agency for Research and Higher Education and the OECD Tertiary Education Program. As an expert, he has carried out more than 100 assignments for Unesco, World Bank, OECD, European Union, tertiary education institutions, ministries, university networks in some 45 countries and has chaired several expert panels in Europe and the Mena region. Since 2013, he is the Secretary General of the Accreditation Committee of Luxembourg, education expert for the European Commission and he was a member of the Albanian Accreditation Committee 2017-2022. He leads the modules on Education Policy in the South at Sciences Po Paris, Master in International Development.

DAY 2 | 11th of June

Session 1 keynote – Breaking barriers: bridging the gap to quality education for all

Prof. Olusola Bandele, OYEWOLE

Professor Olusola Oyewole is the Secretary-General of the Association of African Universities, Accra, Ghana. He was the Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta from May 2012 to May 2017. He has over thirty-eight years’ experience in the African Higher education system. He has served as a Senior Expert at the African Union Commission in Ethiopia, Addis-Ababa. Prof. Oyewole was the Coordinator of the British Government sponsored project on the “Mobilization of Regional Initiatives for the revitalization of higher education in Africa”, at the Association of African Universities (AAU), Accra, Ghana, from 2007 to 2009.He has also served as the Project Officer of the World Bank project on “Quality Assurance for African Higher Education systems” at the AAU (2006 – 2009). Olusola Oyewole interests in higher education include Quality assurance, Leadership and Management, Research, Development, and Innovations, among others.

Roundtable – Quality Assurance for Digital Education and Micro-credentials

Mag. Diane Freiberger, MBA

Diane Freiberger has been involved in higher education for more than 25 years. She started as a lecturer at the Catholic Academy for Social Work in Munich. After that, she took a brief detour into business and was a PR manager for six years.  In 2006, she returned to the field of university management.  Before she took over the management of FIBAA in 2020, Diane Freiberger was Managing Director of the Business School at the FH Kufstein Tirol University of Applied Sciences in Austria and Vice Rector at the same university for five years. In the course of all these activities, Diane Freiberger has been involved in quality assurance issues, especially in the area of digital transformation of teaching and learning. In recent years, she has been involved in national and international study projects and conferences on and has published about these topics.

Michael Stephan, M.A.

Michael Stephan has been working for a publishing company for several years, among other activities researching, co-writing and co-editing guides about study programmes in business, economics, and engineering. Before joining FIBAA in 2021, he has been working for six years for an international corporate HR quality assurance enterprise. At FIBAA, Michael Stephan has been conducting national as well as international accreditation and certification projects as a project manager and took over the position as division manager certifications in 2022. In this task, he is in charge of the FIBAA quality seals “for certified continuing education courses” and “Excellence in Digital Education”¼.

Roundtable – Sharing ideas and practices to enhance equity in Tertiary Education

Dr. Anna Prades

Dr. Anna Prades sits in the Board of Directors of the International Network for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (INQAAHE) as Treasurer, since October 2021. She is Head of Internationalisation and Knowledge Generation Department of AQU Catalunya, where she has been working since 2001. She has a degree in Psychology (1996) and a PhD in Pedagogy (2005) from the University of Barcelona. During the last years, her main endeavour in AQU Catalunya has been the building up of a system of evidences for quality assurance (official descriptors, academic indicators, assessment results, graduates and employer surveys) and the integration of these indicators in a platform for public information in order to generate trust in the Catalan Higher Education System (EUC studies).

Dr. Eva FernĂĄndez de Labastida

Dr. Eva Fernández de Labastida is the Internationalisation and projects manager of Unibasq – the Agency for Quality of the Basque University System (since 2009). In the beginnings of her work for Unibasq she was responsible for the coordination, organization and implementation of the accreditation procedures and institutional audits in the universities of the Basque University System, including training of peers. In addition, nowadays, she is in charge of the international activities of Unibasq in different networks, as INQAAHE, ENQA (European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education) and ECA (European Consortium for Accreditation in Higher Education), mainly in topics related with joint programmes, academic recognition, employability and internationalisation. Since June 2017, she chairs the working group regarding recognition and joint programmes of ECA and since June 2018, she has been a member of the Board of ECA, being appointed as chair in June 2023.

Roundtable – SWITEX (Swiss Index for Teaching Excellence) – A hands-on approach to improving didactic performance

Prof. Dr. Michael Derrer

Prof. Dr. Michael Derrer, a Swiss economic sociologist, and didactics expert, has dedicated his career to management, consultancy, and teaching, with an international focus. His main professional engagement is with HSLU (Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts). He conducted large research projects for renowned customers. He authored the SWITEX (Swiss Index of Teaching Excellence), a practical tool promoting a modern activating didactic approach. Recently, he has been commissioned to provide expertise on dual professional education to Romania, based on the Swiss model. Michael Derrer is fluent in 10 European languages.

Roundtable – How transnational education can serve to widen access to quality international education

Dr. Fabrizio Trifiro

Fabrizio is an international expert in quality assurance and international education, with specific expertise in the quality assurance and recognition of transnational education. He is a member of the Accreditation Committee of the British Accreditation Council, and an Independent Governor of Wrexham University in Wales.

Fabrizio has covered, over the past 15 years, leading roles with the agency managing the UK qualification recognition function (UK ENIC) and the UK Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education.

He has acted as a reviewer and consultant for a number of international quality assurance bodies and international agencies, including most recently the Office for Students (OfS) in England, Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI), the Granada National Accreditation Board (GNAB), UNESCO, and the British Council.

Roundtable – Incorporating Criteria for Social Inclusion in the Framework of ESG

Prof. Dr Siyka Chavdarova – Kostova

Prof. Siyka Chavdarova – Kostova is a lecturer at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” in the field of pedagogy, teacher training, pedagogical and social work in multicultural environment, inclusive education. She trains teachers and social workers in some bachelor’s and master’s programs and she was a supervisor of some successfully defended doctoral students in the field of intercultural interactions in educational environment and the development of students through educational interactions. She is currently the supervisor of doctoral students in the field of social work with refugees as a head of Master program “Social work with refugees and migrants”. Prof. Siyka Chavdarova – Kostova has many years of experience as a participant in accreditation procedures of higher education institutions – program and institutional accreditation, and in the last few years as the chairperson of the Standing Committee on Educational Sciences and Social Activities to the National Evaluation and Accreditation Agency, Bulgaria.

Dyani Kurulenko

Dyani Kurulenko is a Political Science graduate from Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, with a Master’s degree in Political Sociology. He has been a part of the NEAA team since 2022. He oversees the Agency’s International Cooperation, including maintaining the relations of NEAA with international HEQA bodies and associations, and international Higher Education Institutions. His contributions include preparation for the Agency Review process carried out by ENQA during 2022-2023, which resulted in renewal of NEAA’s membership in ENQA and registration in EQAR, as well as facilitation of the drafting and signing of several memorandums of cooperation between NEAA and HEQA agencies from Kazakhstan, North Macedonia, the United Kingdom. He is also currently working on the Social Inclusion, Tolerance, Acceptance and Realization for all sTudents (START) project, undertaken by an international consortium between Bulgaria and Romania, and funded by ERASMUS+. Dyani speaks Bulgarian, English and Russian languages.

Session 2 keynote – Embracing relevance: designing curricula for societal impact

Dr. Juliette E. Torabian

Senior international specialist in Int’l development & education, Juliette holds a postdoctoral degree in sociology of education and a doctorate in comparative higher education. Her research and keynote speeches focus on higher education policy and quality, social justice, educational equality, and sustainability in higher education. Juliette is also on the advisory board of Oxford Encyclopedia of Education and a lecturer at University of Fribourg.

Roundtable – Harmonizing Heterogeneity: Ensuring Quality in Interdisciplinary Programs Offered through a ‘Multiversity’ Framework

Dr. Samah Gamar

Dr. Samah Gamar is a seasoned higher education professional with extensive experience in education policy, program development, monitoring and assessment, and higher education quality assurance. Her career has spanned the tertiary education sector from technical and vocational education and training (TVET) to postgraduate-level studies.

She is currently the Director of Academic Affairs at Qatar Foundation, a role in which she is dedicated to enhancing comprehensive academic excellence across the seven partner universities within Education City, along with leading flagship initiatives that strive to pioneer interdisciplinary approaches, innovative pedagogical and practical evidence-based frameworks, and increased student-centricity and mobility.

Roundtable – Curricular Mapping for Societal Impact: A Strategic Framework for Curriculum Design

Prof. Eglantina Hysa

Eglantina Hysa, Professor, is a senior researcher of Development Economics and works as an independent researcher in Brussels. Her research is focused on development economics, social aspects, and quality in higher education institutions. She is the author of many scientific publications including book chapters and technical reports, published in leading international journals and publishing houses, including Integration of Education, Sustainability, Journal of Applied Economics, and Routledge. She is included as Bologna System expert for higher education in many EU projects. Moreover, professor Eglantina Hysa was engaged in numerous and foremost contractual positions, such as: Expert Evaluator, Horizon 2020, MSCA Program, Research Executive Agency of European Commission; Expert Evaluator, Erasmus+ Programme and/or the European Solidarity Corps, European Union Program Agency (EUPA); Bologna Expert and International Expert in many European Accreditation Agencies for Higher Education; and International Consultant, Center for Higher Education Research and Academic Development, UK.

Prof. Marius Gabriel Petrescu

Marius Gabriel Petrescu currently holds the position of PhD Professor and PhD advisor at Faculty of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Petroleum-Gas University of Ploiesti (Romania). Prof. PhD Petrescu is Director of the Doctoral School of the Petroleum-Gas University of Ploiesti. He is also General Secretary of the Romanian Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education Council. His work experience derives from and includes: teaching courses and seminaries; research activities; participating in scientific conferences. Regarding research results, these are represented by publishing over 30 books and over 130 articles in journals, bulletins and proceedings of national and international conferences (including ISI listed, Q1, Q2). He was member of organizing / scientific committees of over 30 scientific events; president or member, in over 25 commissions for completing studies and, as a member, in over 60 commissions for doctoral examination or defense of doctoral theses.

Prof. Mirela Panait

Mirela Panait holds the position of PhD Professor at Faculty of Economic Sciences, Petroleum-Gas University of Ploiesti (Romania). Her work experience derives from and includes: teaching courses and seminaries; research activities; participating in scientific conferences. Regarding research results, these are represented by publishing seven books and over 100 scientific papers in the field of interest: energy transition, international finance, and sustainable development. She has published articles in leading international journals (Energy Policy, Land Use Policy, Utilities Policy, Energies, Resources Policy, etc.). On the editorial level, her activity is intense, being editor, associate editor, guest editor or reviewer for prestigious journals within Elsevier, Emerald, Wiley, IGI Global groups. She participated in over 40 international scientific conferences and she is member of scientific committee for international conferences (IBIMA; ICEBM, CIDE; FEMIB; EMCEI, ICAS etc.).

Roundtable – Responding to the Third Qatar National Development Strategy: An NCQAA Perspective

Dr. Mazen O. Hasna

Dr. Mazen O. Hasna (Senior Member, IEEE) holds a B.Sc. degree from Qatar University (1994), an M.Sc. from the University of Southern California (1998), and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities (2003), all in electrical engineering. With more than twenty years of academic experience, he excels in research, teaching, and educational leadership.

At Qatar University, Dr. Hasna held roles including Head of Electrical Engineering Department, Dean of College of Engineering, and VP/Chief Academic Officer. Throughout his tenure at Qatar University, he was a founding member of the Society of Qatari Engineers, IEEE Qatar section, and co-established the Qatar Mobility Innovation Center, advancing wireless communication at Qatar Science and Technology Park.

As a prolific researcher, he has published 240+ publications with more than 9000 citations. He was the first from Qatar to be included in Thomson Reuters’ highly cited list of researchers in 2015. His research focuses on wireless communication, including a project with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to establish an affordable network connecting the Comoros Islands.

Dr. Hasna serves on senior committees like the Education Excellence Award’s Board of Trustees and the Energy and Industry Qatarization Awards Advisory Committee. He represents Qatar on the Arabian Gulf University’s Board of Trustees since 2014.

Dr. Rashid S. Al-Kuwari

Dr. Rashid Al-Kuwari has over 24 years of experience in the energy and industry sector, holding several leadership positions in the fields of engineering management, strategic planning, and human resources management. Dr. Rashid has been a member of the National Committee for Qualifications and Academic Accreditation in Qatar since 2022. He has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Community College in Qatar since 2017. He serves as Chairman of the Industry Advisory Board for Mechanical Engineering Program at Texas A&M University in Qatar. Dr. Al Kuwari is a Chartered Quality Professional and a Chartered Manager and member of the Chartered Management Institute.

Roundtable – From goals to gains: embedding social impact and sustainability literacy into the curriculum

Scott G. Blair, PhD

Scott G. Blair, PhD, is Content Development Editor at Sulitest Impact, a social enterprise dedicated to assessing sustainability literacy in higher education. His recent roles include: Director of Accreditation and Quality Assurance at AIAASC; Vice President of CANIE-Europe; and Affiliate at the Gateway International Group, LLC. He served on the faculties of the University of New Haven, the Institut National des Sciences Politiques, the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales, and the American University of Paris. He was Resident Director at Boston College Paris and Director of Assessment & Sustainability at TEAN. His research appears in Frontiers, Routledge and Stylus publications and he is a regular speaker at educational conferences on learning outcomes assessment and international program design around sustainability literacy, ecopedagogy, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Blair holds a doctorate in history from the Sorbonne, an MA from Georgetown University, and a BA from Miami of Ohio.

Dr. Kerr Castle

As a Quality Enhancement and Standards Specialist at QAA, Kerr leads and supports a range of activities that aim to improve the quality and experience of UK higher education. Some of his key areas of focus are student transitions, education for sustainable development, and addressing awarding gaps, as well as enhancing teaching, learning and assessment more broadly. He also collaborates with internal and external stakeholders to develop and implement solutions that enhance the student learning experience and outcomes.

Design thinking workshop – Academic integrity-artificial intelligence nexus

Associate Professor Fernando PadrĂł, PhD

Dr. PadrĂł is Associate Professor (Pathways) and Chair of the Academic Board at the University of Southern Queensland. His primary research area is quality assurance in higher education and quality in learning and teaching, presently serving as series editor of Handbook on University Development and Administration for Springer. He has experience as an external examiner for different accrediting bodies in the USA and the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. He also is a Senior Member of the American Society for Quality and served as Chair of the Education Committee and as Chair of the E.L. Grant Medal Selection Panel.

Professor Karen Trimmer

Professor Karen Trimmer focus is leadership for community capacity building, through research that impacts on education, social justice, policy and governance through professional development and empowerment of leaders in education organisations and communities. In previous positions she conducted reviews evaluating outcomes of government initiatives, including small- and large-scale studies in education, resulting in research reports utilised for policy development in state and national departments. At the University of Southern Queensland, she held leadership roles including Postgraduate Program Coordinator–Education, Assistant Dean Staffing, A/Head of School and A/Head of College for Indigenous Studies, Education and Research. She currently works within the School of Education to develop leadership in practice, with postgraduate students, and in assessment of quality in higher education acting as Chair and panel member of Quality Assurance Review Panels for Papua New Guinea Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology and the Samoan Qualifications Authority. 

Design-thinking workshop – Quality Nursing Education: Linking the Curriculum to Program Assessment

Nell Ard, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF

Dr. Nell Ard is the Chief Accreditation Officer of the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Dr. Ard has been in nursing education for 36 years working in a number of nursing programs at various levels of nursing. Her passion as always been related to curriculum and providing quality nursing education. She has been engaged in the nursing accreditation process for 20 years beginning as a peer evaluator, team chair, Evaluation Review Panel member, and ACEN Staff member. She has extensive presentations and publications related to nursing education and nursing accreditation. She participated in the development of the last three sets of Standards and Criteria utilized by the ACEN.

Keri Nunn-Ellison, EdD, MSN/Ed, RN, CNE

Dr. Keri Nunn-Ellison is the Senior Director of the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Dr. Nunn-Ellison is dedicated to quality teaching and learning and has focused her career on course-, program-, and college-level outcomes assessment; her curriculum vitae includes professional faculty development presentations and publications on these topics. She participated on the Standards review team contributing to the 2017 Standards and Criteria and co-chaired the team contributing to 2023 Standards 4 Curriculum and Standard 5 Outcomes. Prior to joining the ACEN in 2016, she championed quality assessment practices in her roles as Divisional Assessment Coordinator for Health Sciences at Sinclair Community College and chair of the college-wide Assessment Committee. She served two terms on the Education Advisory Board for the Ohio Board of Nursing and was an active volunteer for the ACEN as a peer evaluator with experience as a team chair and participation on the Evaluation Review Panel.

DAY 3 | 12th of June

Keynote – Keeping tertiary education functioning and improving in conflict-affected areas: resilience and development

Francesc PedrĂł

Francesc Pedró is since May 2019 the Director of the UNESCO Institute for Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean. He joined UNESCO’s education sector in Paris (France) in 2010, where he led the team of education policy, providing technical assistance to UNESCO Member States by reviewing their normative frameworks and lifelong education policies upon request to ensure alignment with SDG 4-Education 2030, and contributing to knowledge dissemination through international comparative analyses. From 2005 to 2011 he worked at the OECD Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI). He is a professor of public policies in education at the Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona).

Session 3 keynote – Civic engagement as a public good: The role of quality assurance in nurturing active citizenship

Prof. Kevin Kinser

Kevin Kinser is Professor and Senior Scientist in the Center for the Study of Higher Education, Pennsylvania State University, USA. A graduate of Columbia University’s Teachers College (New York), Kinser studies non-traditional and alternative higher education, particularly the public policies and organizational structures in higher education systems world-wide. Kinser is co-founder of the Cross-Border Education Research Team (C-BERT) which investigates the scope and impact of international branch campuses worldwide. Kinser is the author or editor of five books and more than 70 articles, chapters, and scholarly reports, and he is regularly invited to present his research at conferences in the United States and abroad. Because of his research, Kinser is regularly sought out by national and international media outlets for commentary on quality assurance, for-profit and international higher education. His most recent book is Accreditation on the edge: Challenging Quality Assurance in Higher Education (2018, Johns Hopkins Press).

Design-thinking workshop – How can quality assurance agencies promote civic engagement to have a greater impact on society?

Sophie Guillet

Sophie Guillet works at HcĂ©res in France, in the Department for European and International Affairs, where she is head of the agency cooperation unit. She represents HcĂ©res in European and international networks and events. Sophie co-chairs the ENQA working group on quality assurance of research and represents France on quality assurance matters in the Bologna Follow-up Group as well as in bilateral cooperation with counterpart agencies. She gained experience in quality assurance while working on international projects as a higher education consultant for UNESCO’s International Institute for Educational Planning and for the World Bank. Sophie has a background in international social and public policy and is an alumna of the London School of Economics and Political Science (UK) and UniversitĂ© PSL (France).

Amélie Bensimon

Amélie Bensimon joined Hcéres Department for European and International Affairs in 2023. Prior to Hcéres, she has worked in multiple Higher Education Institutions in student mobility, programme management and internationalisation. Today, she contributes to the animation of Hcéres network of partner agencies, coordinates international delegations and represents Hcéres in cooperation projects in Europe and Latin America. As part of the cooperation unit, she is also involved in developing international quality assurance culture within the agency. Amélie has graduated from the Paris Institute of Political Sciences (Sciences Po) and Sorbonne University.

Design-thinking workshop – From INQAAHE GGP to ISGs: How HEEACT Translates International Goals into Domestic Higher Education Institutions’ Practical Actions

Prof. Dr. Chia-Yu Chang

Dr. Chia-Yu Chang is a professor at National Taipei University of Technology in Taiwan. She received her Ph.D. in education with a specialization in curriculum and instruction. She participates in the development of many education policies for secondary and post-secondary education in Taiwan, especially in the field of vocational education.

She also was a visiting scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the United States as well as a guest researcher at the Graduate School of Education, Tohoku University, Japan. And since August 2023, she serves as the director of quality assurance and projects office of the Higher Education Evaluation and Accreditation Council (HEEACT).

Prof. Dr. Angela Yung-Chi Hou

Angela Yung-chi Hou, is Professor of Higher Education at College of Education, National Chengchi University, Taiwan. In 2022, she was elected as President of Chinese Taipei Comparative Education Society. She served as Executive Director of Higher Education Evaluation & Accreditation Council of Taiwan (HEEACT) from 2016 to 2021. She has been actively committed to quality assurance practices and international research for more than 15 years, including serving as Vice President & Board member of International Network of Quality Assurance in Higher Education (INQAAHE), Vice President & Board member of Asia Pacific Quality Network (APQN). She is recognized as the top 5 researcher in field of quality assurance of higher education worldwide according to SCOPUS.

In 2023, she was granted “Outstanding Research Award” by National Science and Technology of Taiwan and “Excellent Research Award “at National Chengchi University. In 2024, She was awarded the Best Researcher and Teacher by National Chengchi University.

Dr. Jackson Chun-Chi Chih

Dr. Jackson, Chih Chun-Chi is Research Fellow and Director of Evaluation and Training Division in Higher Education and Accreditation Council of Taiwan (HEEACT). Dr. Chih Chun-Chi received his doctorate in education from National Taiwan Normal University in 2007, specializing in the areas of family education and higher education evaluation. His fields of study cover family education, higher education evaluation policies, higher education evaluation, and evaluator training. He has taught family life education, and family resource management at National Taiwan Normal University, Shih Chien University, and Open University. He has been actively devoted to higher education evaluation since 2007.

Roundtable – Promoting Civic Engagement in Higher Education via the Assessment and Accreditation of Tertiary Institutions

Prof. Dr. Ganesan Kannabiran

Prof. Ganesan Kannabiran, Director of NAAC was a senior Professor of Information Systems at the National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli India with over 30 years of experience including key roles as Dean of Research & Consultancy and Director in-charge. He has also served as the Director of Indian Institute of Information Technology Sri City India and made significant contributions including implementation of National Education Policy 2020 by incorporating skill development, holistic education, inclusive education, credit transfer, promoting innovation & entrepreneurship, societal engagements by adopting neighbouring villages and industry engagement at multiple levels.

Dr. Vinita Sahu

Dr. Vinita Sahu, currently an Assistant Adviser at NAAC, working in the field of higher education and quality assurance. Apart from overseeing assessment and accreditation of HEIs, her responsibilities include data validation, conducting awareness programs, and quality assurance initiatives. Holding a Doctorate in Chemistry, she has authored nearly 40 papers in reputed international and national journals, contributing significantly to academic and research domains. Dr. Sahu is recognized as an expert in NAAC’s Assessment and Accreditation process, having spoken at various platforms. She has worked as an INSA (Indian National Science Academy) fellow in the Indian institute of science under teachers category. She holds prestigious fellowships from INSA and CSIR (Council of Scientific & Industrial Research). Her exemplary contributions have earned her accolades such as the “Best Science Research Award” from MPCST (Madhya Pradesh Council of Science and Technology), Academic Excellence Certificate, Shakuntala Bhondave Award, and CSIR Fellowship. A life member of OWSD (Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World) and ISCA (Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA)), Dr. Sahu has served as a Section Editor and Reviewer for esteemed international journals, including Medicinal Chemistry Research (Springer Link), Elsevier, and Taylor and Francis.

Roundtable – Ensuring inclusive and diverse teaching approaches within quality

Radu-Ioan Ciobanu

Radu-Ioan Ciobanu is an Associate Professor and researcher at the Computer Science department of the Faculty of Automatic Control and Computers at the National University of Science and Technology POLITEHNICA Bucharest. He obtained his PhD from the same faculty in 2016. His research interests include pervasive and mobile networks, DTNs, opportunistic networks, cloud computing, federated learning, etc. His research has led to the publishing of numerous papers and articles at important scientific journals (such as Pervasive and Mobile Computing, Journal of Network and Computer Applications, Transactions on Emerging Telecommunications Technologies, Ad Hoc Networks) and conferences (IEEE GLOBECOM, ICC, IM, WoWMoM, PerCom etc.). He is involved in several national and international research projects, both as member and as coordinator.

Monica DRĂGOICEA

Monica is a Full Professor in Systems Engineering at the Faculty of Automatic Control and Computers at the National University of Science and Technology Politehnica Bucharest (Politehnica Bucharest). Her academic journey began with a degree in Electrical Engineering – Automatic Control from UPB in 1993, followed by a master’s degree in Engineering Management from Technische UniversitĂ€t Wien, Austria, and the School of Business Administration, Oakland University, Rochester, MI, USA in 1999. She completed my doctorate in Automatic Control from UPB in 2000. Over the past 25 years, she has been involved in theoretical and experimental work within software and systems engineering. Her research spans diverse topics, including artificial intelligence, neural networks, and mobile robotics, with a focus on intelligent control systems for mobile robotics (1993 – 2006). Subsequently, her interests evolved to encompass real-time systems, model-driven development, and object-oriented analysis and design (2007 – 2010). Since 2010, she has been deeply engaged in service systems engineering, digital design of services, and computational intelligence. She a member of the IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society, the International Society of Service Innovation Professionals (ISSIP), the Robotics Society of Romania (SRR), and INSTICC, the Institute for Systems and Technologies of Information, Control and Communication.

Presently, she serves as the Head and founder of the Smart Cities and Robotics iLab at the Faculty of Automation and Computers at Politehnica Bucharest. Additionally, she holds the role of Academic Coordinator for BIS – Business Intelligence Specialist, a Postgraduate Continuing Professional Development Program developed in collaboration with SAS Institute. Moreover, she is the Academic Coordinator of the newly established master’s program in Advanced Analytics for Business, forged through a partnership with SAS Institute. These innovative study and research directions at Politehnica Bucharest are designed to integrate powerful analytics tools with smart service design strategies, equipping their students with essential skills for future employment opportunities in our evolving society.

Ciprian DOBRE

Ciprian Dobre leads the MobyLab group at POLITEHNICA Bucharest and has scientific and scholarly contributions on Data Science, Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing, Internet of Things, Wireless Networks, Modeling / Simulation, Mobile and Urban Smart Technologies. He was awarded the Award “Gheorghe Cartianu” of the Romanian Science Academy in 2016 and as lead developer of MonALISA he was Fellow for California Institute of Technology. He was awarded an Oracle PhD fellowship during his doctoral studies. His results received one IBM Faculty Award, two CENIC Awards (for worldwide records in high-speed networking demonstrated at SuperComputing), and four Best Paper Awards. His results were published in over 100 books, chapters in edited books, articles in major international peer-reviewed journal, and well-established international conferences and workshops.

Petrișor L. ȚUCĂ

Petrișor L. ȚUCĂ is the head of the Quality Assurance Department at the National University of Science and Technology Politehnica Bucharest and is a member of the permanent committee of engineering sciences at Romanian Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ARACIS). He held a two-year term as a member of the ARACIS Council and was president of the largest and most important student federation in Romania. In addition, he was an invited member of the Social Dialogue Commission of the Ministry of Education and invited to other structures of the ministry where the financing of higher education is discussed.

He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. with an emphasis on the digitization of higher education. He also acted as an expert or expert coordinator in several national and international projects focused on quality assurance and digitalisation of higher education. His significant contributions in the field underscore his commitment to improving and modernizing the higher education system.

Roundtable – Program Advisory Committees Supporting Ready, Informed and Engaged Students

Karen Belfer

Karen Belfer is the Executive Director of the OCQAS, she oversees the self-regulatory mechanisms for the public colleges in Ontario and is responsible for the operation of the Credentials Validation Service and the College Quality Assurance Audit Process.
Prior to joining the OCQAS, Karen spent seven years as the Dean of the Centre for Instructional Development and Applied Research at Vancouver Community College (VCC), a unit responsible for college wide instructional development, program review, curriculum development, educational technology, and applied research. She has worked as an Educational Consultant managing projects internationally and in various Canadian institutions. Her focus has been the design, implementation, and evaluation of quality assurance mechanisms to enhance the learning process.

Karen did her undergraduate work in Informatics, her Masters in Adult Education, and her Ph.D. in Educational Research at the Anahuac University in Mexico, where she taught for 10 years.

Sylvie Mainville

Sylvie is the Manager of Quality Assurance for the Ontario College Quality Assurance Service (OCQAS). She works with the Executive Director to ensure ongoing consistency of the OCQAS processes with international best practices in quality assurance for and within Ontario’s Colleges.

Sylvie has taught at every age point, form pre-school, to post-secondary and even for the Canadian Armed Forces. Prior to joining OCQAS, Sylvie worked at Cambrian College where she established and actioned a college level audit process to review third-party educational institutions (for international students). More recently, she has co-developed and co-led a successful pilot process for auditing international standards of education in the Ontario college system. She also considers herself a vocational learning outcomes geek (and received a t-shirt to prove it) and is always happy to chat about learning outcomes. Sylvie studied in psychology and linguistics and holds an M.Ed. Degree from Nipissing University.

Session 4 keynote – New approaches to transform learning, new ways to rethink teaching „in” and „out” higher education – Qualifying lifelong Learning: fostering opportunities for all ages

Romita IUCU, Prof.univ.dr.

Professor Romita IUCU is the President of the Board of Trustees at the University of Bucharest and a professor of higher education at the Department of Educational Sciences. With an important experience in international cooperation in the field of education, professor Iucu is the Coordinator of UNICA EduLAB Group, the Co-Chair of the FOREU European Degree Subgroup of European Universities, and a member of the European University Association (EUA) Learning & Teaching (L&T) Steering Committee. He has been appointed as a Magna Charta Observatory Ambassador from 2022. Professor Iucu held several university-management positions (former Acting Rector of the University of Bucharest, and Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs for more than 16 years), with an important role in designing, managing, and validating higher education and adult education policies at different levels. He is a former President of ENTEP (European Network on Teacher Education Policies) and was the national’s representative in the BFUG.

Roundtable – Access, transfer and progression for learners and the role of quality assurance agencies

Dr. Bryan Maguire

Dr. Bryan Maguire is Director of Integration at Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI). He has worked in QQI and its predecessor agency HETAC since 2005. Previously he was Head of School of Creative Technologies at DĂșn Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Ireland and lectured in Bangor University, Wales from 1991-98. Dr. Maguire holds a bachelor degree in psychology from University College, Dublin and a PhD from the University of California, San Francisco. An internationally recognized expert on qualifications frameworks and quality assurance he has served numerous advisory and review groups, including the European Qualifications Framework advisory group and the Bologna Thematic Peer Group on quality assurance.

Roundtable – Aligning Upskilling and Reskilling Training Programmes to the Needs of the Industry and Staff

Dr. Rabie’e Kayid Al-Rashdi.

Dr. Rabie’e Al Rashdi has an extensive healthcare professional background. Graduated as a general nurse and later specialized in Accident and Emergency, as well as Intensive Care. All this was in the United Kingdom (UK). Dr. Rabie’e has a master’s degree in nursing and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from Napier University, Edinburgh (Scotland), with a focus on Human Resources Development and Management. He also holds a post doctorate diploma in strategic management and leadership from Oxford Business College, UK, as well as various leadership and management courses.

Currently, Dr Rabie’e works as a freelance Consultant with a main focus on quality, accreditation and academia in both healthcare and higher education institutions. In particular, Dr Rabie’e currently works on part-time bases with OAAAQA as a Review Director and External Reviewer for the Oman Qualification Framework, as well institutional and programmatic accreditation. He is also a visiting lecturer in Sultan Qaboos University in Oman, as well as a surveyor with Accreditation Canada and a quality reviewer/ director with KSA and Bahrain.

Roundtable – Bridging HEIs and the Society for promoting the Lifelong Learning: A Case in Japan

Akinori Matsuzaka

Associate Director of the Research and Planning Division, Japan University Accreditation Association, Japan.

After joining the JUAA in 2007, he worked on institutional accreditation, program accreditation, and planning new accreditation procedures. He is also a researcher at the JUAA Research Institute for Quality Assurance of Higher Education (RIQAHE), engaged in several research projects.

Miharu Kato

Assistant Director of the Research and Planning Division, Japan University Accreditation Association, Japan.

She is engaged in planning the accreditation procedures, publishing the journal, and some research activities as a staff.

Roundtable – External quality assurance mechanisms to support the quality of blended and distance learning in tertiary education to foster learning opportunities for individuals of all ages. The Romanian approach.

Iordan Petrescu – Professor CEng, PhD

Iordan Petrescu is a full professor at Technical University of Civil Engineering in Bucharest, holding a PhD in Civil Engineering with a specialization in bridges, where he has made remarkable contributions to the field, including developing innovative bridge design methods. He has extensive experience in distance education, dating back to 1991 when he implemented the first course for training road technicians. Serving as president, with some interruptions, he led and coordinated the activities of the Commission for Distance Education and Part Time Learning within the Romanian Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ARACIS), from 2000 to the present. From 2013, for 9 years, he served as president of ARACIS, where he developed and implemented specific methodologies and standards for quality assurance in higher education and distance education. He was responsible for and coordinated a significant number of projects related to the improving public policies in higher education and enhancing the quality of regulations by updating quality standards.

Prof. Dr. Mircea NEAGOE

Mircea Neagoe is full professor at Transilvania University of Brasov and member of the Renewable Energy Systems and Recycling R&D Center within the Faculty of Product Design and Environment. He has over 20 years of experience on distance and online learning, with a special focus on e-learning platforms. He managed for 10 years (2002-2012) the Distance Learning Department in Transilvania University of Brasov and since 2007 he is member of the Permanent Speciality Experts’ Commission of ARACIS for distance learning (DL) and part-time learning (PTL) education. He participated in external quality evaluation of over 10 higher education institutions in Romania, over 200 bachelor & master study distance and part-time learning programs, over 10 full-time study programs. He contributed to the elaboration of the specific DL&PTL quality evaluation standards within ARACIS, and participated in various project on quality assessment and accreditation in higher education (Qualitas, Qafin, etc.).

Alexandru CHIȘ, PhD. Assoc. Prof.

Alexandru CHIȘ, Assoc.Prof.PhD. within the Babeș-Bolyai University, Faculty of Economic Sciences and Business Administration, has an important experience in the field of quality assurance, in the field of higher education institutions, being since 2007 also an expert evaluator within ARACIS, a permanent evaluator within commission 13 ID/IFR, from the same quality assurance agency. He managed distance education within Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca. He participated as an expert in several projects financed by European funds, an example being QAFIN, which aimed, among other things, to implement the external evaluation methodology of study programmes and higher education institutions in RomĂąnia, including distance education and with part time/low frequency. His experience within UBB and ARACIS was valued especially in the field of distance education and with reduced frequency through the evaluations carried out, but also participation in the development of regulations related to quality assurance within his own university, including at the national level within ARACIS.

Florin MIHAI, PhD. Professor

Florin MIHAI is the Director of the Management Information Systems Department at the Bucharest University of Economic Studies and teaches courses in: Financial and Accounting Databases, ERP Systems, and Software Robots for Business Process Automation (RPA). Since 2022, he has been a member of the Council of the Romanian Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ARACIS). Between 2010 and 2021, he was a member of the ARACIS Standing Expert Commission on Distance Learning and Part-Time Education. From 2008 to 2013, he was the coordinator of the development team for the university management information system at the Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies (he is currently part of the maintenance team). He has participated in several development teams for IT platforms in education, finance, accounting, and others. Regarding his research activities, he has primarily focused on educational IT platforms, ERP systems, and ensuring sustainability through digitalization.

VENUE

 

The event will take place at the National University of Science and Technology Politehnica Bucharest (UNSTPB), Romania (Bucharest, 313 Splaiul Independentei, district 6, postal code 060042) hosted by the Romanian Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ARACIS).

 

UNSTPB was founded in 1818 and is the largest and most prestigious technical university in Romania. At present, UNSTB conducts educational activities in engineering fields, organized in 15 faculties, for over 95 bachelor programs and 180 master programs.

ACCOMMODATION

 

The following hotels are situated within walking distance from the forum venue:

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VISA

 

You can find out how to get a visa on the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website and on the E-VISA
website, where online applications for visa are possible.

 

In case you need a letter of invitation for visa application purposes, please contact us at: inqaaheforum2024@aracis.ro

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Sylvie Mainville

Sylvie is the Manager of Quality Assurance for the Ontario College Quality Assurance Service (OCQAS). She works with the Executive Director to ensure ongoing consistency of the OCQAS processes with international best practices in quality assurance for and within Ontario’s Colleges.

Sylvie has taught at every age point, form pre-school, to post-secondary and even for the Canadian Armed Forces. Prior to joining OCQAS, Sylvie worked at Cambrian College where she established and actioned a college level audit process to review third-party educational institutions (for international students). More recently, she has co-developed and co-led a successful pilot process for auditing international standards of education in the Ontario college system. She also considers herself a vocational learning outcomes geek (and received a t-shirt to prove it) and is always happy to chat about learning outcomes. Sylvie studied in psychology and linguistics and holds an M.Ed. Degree from Nipissing University.

Karen Belfer

Karen Belfer is the Executive Director of the OCQAS, she oversees the self-regulatory mechanisms for the public colleges in Ontario and is responsible for the operation of the Credentials Validation Service and the College Quality Assurance Audit Process.
Prior to joining the OCQAS, Karen spent seven years as the Dean of the Centre for Instructional Development and Applied Research at Vancouver Community College (VCC), a unit responsible for college wide instructional development, program review, curriculum development, educational technology, and applied research. She has worked as an Educational Consultant managing projects internationally and in various Canadian institutions. Her focus has been the design, implementation, and evaluation of quality assurance mechanisms to enhance the learning process.

Karen did her undergraduate work in Informatics, her Masters in Adult Education, and her Ph.D. in Educational Research at the Anahuac University in Mexico, where she taught for 10 years.

Program Advisory Committees Supporting Ready, Informed and Engaged Students 

One of the winning strategies used by Ontario Colleges in Canada to ensure currency and relevancy of programs also contributes to fostering civic engagement by connecting education to community needs, infusing real-world relevance, and advocating for active participation in societal matters. Program Advisory Committees (PACs) are mandatory for every program of study offered at a public college. These committees play a crucial role in informing the college program developers, faculty, deans, administrators, students, and any other participant of valuable insights and current trends in their respective fields.

PAC are not only precious subject matter experts; as they often live and work in the same community, they bring a wealth of information on relevant societal needs and/or actualities that would otherwise go unnoticed.

This active workshop will model best practices for engaging with PAC members to fully benefit from their expertise and knowledge as well as provide a forum to share best practices.

The goal of this session is to engage the audience in a PAC experience and thoughtful conversation about ways PACs are used to help connect students to their community and their field of practice. By providing a hands-on PAC experience and a platform to share best practices, this practical training will increase awareness of how PAC involvement can help bridge the gaps between knowledge, real-world applications, and societal realities to support the transition from student to employee and active member of society.

In the scope of Quality Assurance, these innovative PAC contributions power positive change in society, providing it with a workforce that is ready, informed and engaged. Having a PAC is no longer a checkbox in a list of QA activities, it is the conduit for bringing the field and the community to the student, and that is powerful!

Prof. Mirela Panait

Mirela Panait holds the position of PhD Professor at Faculty of Economic Sciences, Petroleum-Gas University of Ploiesti (Romania). Her work experience derives from and includes: teaching courses and seminaries; research activities; participating in scientific conferences. Regarding research results, these are represented by publishing seven books and over 100 scientific papers in the field of interest: energy transition, international finance, and sustainable development. She has published articles in leading international journals (Energy Policy, Land Use Policy, Utilities Policy, Energies, Resources Policy, etc.). On the editorial level, her activity is intense, being editor, associate editor, guest editor or reviewer for prestigious journals within Elsevier, Emerald, Wiley, IGI Global groups. She participated in over 40 international scientific conferences and she is member of scientific committee for international conferences (IBIMA; ICEBM, CIDE; FEMIB; EMCEI, ICAS etc.).

Prof. Marius Gabriel Petrescu

Marius Gabriel Petrescu currently holds the position of PhD Professor and PhD advisor at Faculty of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Petroleum-Gas University of Ploiesti (Romania). Prof. PhD Petrescu is Director of the Doctoral School of the Petroleum-Gas University of Ploiesti. He is also General Secretary of the Romanian Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education Council. His work experience derives from and includes: teaching courses and seminaries; research activities; participating in scientific conferences. Regarding research results, these are represented by publishing over 30 books and over 130 articles in journals, bulletins and proceedings of national and international conferences (including ISI listed, Q1, Q2). He was member of organizing / scientific committees of over 30 scientific events; president or member, in over 25 commissions for completing studies and, as a member, in over 60 commissions for doctoral examination or defense of doctoral theses. Prof. PhD Petrescu is Associate Editor of Asian Review of Mechanical Engineering, 2023-2024 and reviewer for prestigious journals such as Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part C - Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science, UK, SAGE Publications Ltd; Current Journal of Applied Science and Technology, Journal of Basic and Applied Research International, International Knowledge Press; Sustainability; Processes, Energies; Journal of Pipeline Systems Engineering and Practice etc.

Prof. Eglantina Hysa

Eglantina Hysa, Professor, is a senior researcher of Development Economics and works as an independent researcher in Brussels. Her research is focused on development economics, social aspects, and quality in higher education institutions. She is the author of many scientific publications including book chapters and technical reports, published in leading international journals and publishing houses, including Integration of Education, Sustainability, Journal of Applied Economics, and Routledge. She is included as Bologna System expert for higher education in many EU projects.  Moreover, professor Eglantina Hysa was engaged in numerous and foremost contractual positions, such as: Expert Evaluator, Horizon 2020, MSCA Program, Research Executive Agency of European Commission; Expert Evaluator, Erasmus+ Programme and/or the European Solidarity Corps, European Union Program Agency (EUPA); Bologna Expert and International Expert in many European Accreditation Agencies for Higher Education; and International Consultant, Center for Higher Education Research and Academic Development, UK.

Curricular Mapping for Societal Impact: A Strategic Framework for Curriculum Design 

Curricular mapping stands as an important tool in modern educational landscapes, substantially serving in shaping curricula tailored for societal impact. This paper investigates the strategic utilization of curricular mapping methodologies as a means to craft educational frameworks that transcend traditional paradigms, fostering a profound societal imprint. Emphasizing the interaction of academia with the societal needs, this study explains the systematic approach of curricular mapping to envision, design, and implement curricula geared towards addressing pressing societal challenges.

Furthermore, the paper explores the iterative process of identifying, analyzing, and synthesizing key learning outcomes, content, pedagogies, and assessment strategies, culminating in a cohesive curriculum that not only imparts knowledge but also instigates transformative societal change. Moreover, this study illustrates how this methodology facilitates the cultivation of critical skills, ethical consciousness, and civic engagement among learners, empowering them to become proactive contributors to societal advancement.

Finally, this paper examines case studies and best practices across diverse educational settings, illuminating the adaptability and efficacy of curricular mapping in varying contexts. By extrapolating lessons from these instances, it advocates for the integration of curricular mapping as a strategic framework within educational institutions, envisioning curricula that serve as catalysts for positive societal transformation, and not only.

Dr. Juliette E. Torabian

Senior international specialist in Int'l development & education, Juliette holds a postdoctoral degree in sociology of education and a doctorate in comparative higher education. Her research and keynote speeches focus on higher education policy and quality, social justice, educational equality, and sustainability in higher education. Juliette is also on the advisory board of Oxford Encyclopedia of Education and a lecturer at University of Fribourg.

Embracing relevance: designing curricula for societal impact  

Within the tripartite role of higher education, i.e., teaching, research, and social impact, the latter is the most undermined in the neoliberal capitalist ideology. In the past five decades, higher education systems and their institutions have been redefined as service providers to customers with the ultimate goal of producing the skilled (not necessarily competent) human capital for economic development of their societies. If the output of higher education is this Homo-Economicus, then universities are, by design, stripped from their social role, i.e., cultivating minds and educating the next generation of socially engaged and politically aware global citizens. In this keynote, while exploring the impacts of neoliberal ideology on higher education, I will argue for the necessity of a new social contract for universities, their curriculum, pedagogies, and quality assurance to revitalize and reinforce their social role as a response to global socio-economic inequalities, political populism, and war.

Prof. Dr. Michael Derrer

Prof. Dr. Michael Derrer, a Swiss economic sociologist, and didactics expert, has dedicated his career to management, consultancy, and teaching, with an international focus. His main professional engagement is with HSLU (Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts). He conducted large research projects for renowned customers. He authored the SWITEX (Swiss Index of Teaching Excellence), a practical tool promoting a modern activating didactic approach. Recently, he has been commissioned to provide expertise on dual professional education to Romania, based on the Swiss model. Michael Derrer is fluent in 10 European languages.

SWITEX (Swiss Index for Teaching Excellence - A hands-on approach to improving didactic performance 

The presentation will delve into the Swiss Index for Teaching Quality (SWITEX), highlighting its relevance in assessing and improving teaching quality within tertiary education institutions. By sharing experiences and best practices related to SWITEX, the session aims to incite participants to get acquainted with actionable strategies to enhance teaching quality and promote inclusivity within their respective institutions. Specifically, we will explore practical steps institutions can take in their internal quality assurance protocols to create inclusive learning environments, enhance diversity, and provide quality education that transcends socio-economic disparities.

Eduardo Ramos

Eduardo is responsible for the portfolio of QAA’s international services, including international membership services, accreditation, consultancy and QE-TNE (quality evaluation and enhancement of UK transnational education). He leads on international partnership building, ensuring QAA continues to work with governments, agencies and institutions globally to benefit UK higher education and its international reputation.

Prior to this role, Eduardo worked in education internationalisation for Universities UK, St George’s Hospital Medical School, Audencia Business School, and ICEX-Invest in Spain. He holds an LLB from the Autonomous University of Madrid, an MBA from University College London and is fluent in English, Spanish and French.

A force for good? Exploring critical approaches to quality assurance in the Global South  

Goal 4 of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals outlines an ambition for ‘quality education’. But what is meant by quality? How do we define quality? Who defines quality? How do we demonstrate and measure quality?

In the European Higher Education Area, the Standards and Guidelines for quality assurance (ESG) published by The European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) provide the framework for internal and external quality assurance. ESG are used by quality agencies across Europe, including QAA, to demonstrate high-quality provision. If institutions are deemed to meet the standards outlined in ESG they can be awarded international accreditation.

This session will consider whether using ESG in contexts outside of Europe is appropriate and fit-for-purpose, or could be considered to be imposing Western-centric values and practices in Global South contexts. It will interrogate whether use of ESG internationally stifles innovation, promotes normativity, and perpetuates power imbalances between the Global North and Global South, where the North’s mode of education is maintained as the paradigm. It will also consider the effect and challenge of taking ESG into areas with a substantially different cultural background.

Session Aims 

  • Encourage participants to consider quality in their own contexts

  • Provide participants with an understanding of ESG and how this is used beyond the European Higher Education Area

  • Explore the relationship between quality and neo-colonialism and develop a shared understanding of the ethical issues with international quality practices

  • Develop an understanding of good practice in quality and international accreditation, including a focus on how we might make current approaches bidirectional, and how institutions and governments can positively engage with this

Session structure 

Participants will work in small groups to interrogate quality in their own contexts, discuss challenges and solutions, and engage in debate regarding the relationship between quality and Western-centric approaches and how we might make international quality practices bidirectional.

The session will be broadly structured in three parts:

  • Facilitator presentation

  • Group work

  • Feedback, discussion and conclusion

INQAAHE ISGs: building scope for organizational quality enhancement continuum  

This workshop is designed for responsibles of internal and external quality assurance systems of tertiary education organizations - TEIs and their QA bodies. Through an interactive and engaging design-thinking workshop, the participants will have a chance to experience hands-on techniques for development, implementation and cyclical evaluation of an internal quality assurance system fit to serve diverse purposes: preparation of external QA bodies for a review against the INQAAHE's ISGs, establishment of internal systems that are feasible, relevant, efficient and impactful enough to drive organizational changes/transformations. A value added of the workshop will be insights into data-driven governance to support internal QA systems in diverse tertiary education contexts.

Dr. Ariana De Vincenzi

Dr. Ariana De Vincenzi holds a PhD in Education from the University of San AndrĂ©s, Argentina, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Educational Sciences from the Argentine Catholic University. Currently, she serves as the Academic Vice-rector at the Universidad Abierta Interamericana of Argentina. She holds positions as a consultant for international universities and advises public organizations. From 2016 to 2023, she served as the Academic Secretary for the Network of Associations of Private Latin American and Caribbean Universities (REALCUP). In 2023, she was appointed as a Director of the Board of the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE).

As a prolific scholar, Dr. De Vincenzi contributes to the advancement of knowledge through her editorial role in several international scientific journals and her extensive publications, which include articles, book chapters, and authoritative texts on enhancing the quality of teaching and learning in higher education. She has been an institutional peer reviewer for the National Commission for University Evaluation and Accreditation (CONEAU) in Argentina and has served as an international evaluator for INQAAHE, where she assesses the compliance of Higher Education Quality Assurance Agencies with the Guidelines of Good Practices (GGP).

Dr. Anna Prades

Dr. Anna Prades sits in the Board of Directors of the International Network for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (INQAAHE) as Treasurer, since October 2021. She is Head of Internationalisation and Knowledge Generation Department of AQU Catalunya, where she has been working since 2001. She has a degree in Psychology (1996) and a PhD in Pedagogy (2005) from the University of Barcelona. During the last years, her main endeavour in AQU Catalunya has been the building up of a system of evidences for quality assurance (official descriptors, academic indicators, assessment results, graduates and employer surveys) and the integration of these indicators in a platform for public information in order to generate trust in the Catalan Higher Education System (EUC studies).

Dr. Susanna Karakhanyan

Dr. Susanna Karakhanyan is employed by the Abu Dhabi Government as Higher Education Policy & Regulation Director at the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge in the United Arab Emirates. She consults governments on policymaking, governance as well as external and internal QA systems in a diversity of contexts globally. Dr. Karakhanyan’s expertise evolves around tertiary education in general and policymaking, governance and quality assurance in particular. She authors and delivers capacity building events and external reviews of governance structures, legal frameworks and QA systems worldwide. She has authored, initiated and has been implementing a variety of projects under the auspices of the Council of Europe, UNESCO, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, Open Society Institute, IREX, to name some. All the projects address higher education reforms in general and diversity of aspects in legal frameworks, governance and quality assurance, in particular (e.g. Tajikistan, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Vietnam, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan). One of the most recent achievements is leading development of INQAAHE International Standards and Guidelines 2022, which make a first attempt to introduce quality assurance standards for micro-credentials, both formal and non-formal provisions. Dr. Karakhanyan holds M.S.Ed in Educational Administration/Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania, the USA and PhD in Social Sciences from Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Her research interests focus around higher education governance and administration, reforms, policymaking, policy diffusion and transfer, and external and internal quality assurance. Her research background has helped her tremendously in the establishment of new and evaluation/review of existing tertiary education systems, including, but not limited to external and internal (both quality assurance agencies and higher education institutions) quality assurance systems in a diversity of contexts at the global level.

The Center for Advanced Research on New Materials, Products and Innovative Processes (CAMPUS) of the National University of Science and Technology Politehnica Bucharest is an advanced research & development center for multi - and inter - disciplinary technologies. CAMPUS is uniquely designed, both from the infrastructure point of view, as well as functionality. It holds a 7-storey state of-the-art green and intelligent building with unconventional power sources, energy recovery, reuse of resources, and intelligent management systems. The building itself is a working lab. It integrates 42 advanced research and innovation labs, spread over more than 8,000 square meters.

The Research Center for Innovative Products, Processes and Services (PRECIS) has as general objective the extension of the current infrastructure and research activities of the university, in order to achieve technology transfer and development of products, processes and next-generation services, mainly for industry and health. 28 advanced research and innovation labs, spread over more than 8,000 square meters, are focused on products, processes and services that include intelligent methods and technologies oriented on adaptive and innovative industrial processes, systems for increasing the quality of life, autonomous cognitive systems, cloud services and the future of the Internet, the mobile smart society and digital medicine.

 

The Extreme Light Infrastructure – Nuclear Physics (ELI-NP) facilities are located in Măgurele, 6 km South of Bucharest. ELI-NP is nowadays the host for the most powerful lasers in the world, and also the most advanced research facility in the world in the field of photonuclear physics, a new interdisciplinary research field which brings together, for the first time, high-power lasers and nuclear physics.

The infrastructure will provide a new European laboratory addressing a broad range of scientific research areas, from frontier fundamental physics, new nuclear physics and astrophysics to applications in nuclear materials, radioactive waste management, material science and life sciences.

The guide will present to the participants the history and relevance of important buildings in central Bucharest, including the old city area, followed by a visit to the National Art Museum.

The National Museum of Art of Romania is the country’s prime holder of Romanian, European and Oriental art. Located in the former Royal Palace in Bucharest, it includes the National Gallery (Romanian medieval and modern art) and the European Art Gallery. Apart from numerous temporary exhibitions, visitors can also join guided tours of the former Throne Hall and other spaces of historical relevance.

The Palace of Parliament is the world's third-largest administrative building, after Surat Diamond Bourse (India) and U. S. Pentagon. It took 20,000 workers and 700 architects to build this massive structure that boasts 12 stories above ground, 1,100 rooms, a 350-ft.-long lobby and eight underground levels, including an enormous nuclear bunker. Today, it houses Romania's Parliament and serves as an international conference center. Built and furnished exclusively with Romanian materials, the building reflects the work of the best artisans in the country. The interior is a luxurious display of crystal chandeliers, mosaics, oak paneling, marble, gold leaf, stained-glass windows, and floors covered in rich carpets.