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Parallel Plenary Session I

Achim  Hopbach
Managing Director, Austrian Quality Assurance Agency

Achim Hopbach holds a PhD in History and has been working in higher education since 1997. Before taking his current post as Managing Director of the Austrian Quality Assurance Agency (AQ Austria) in 2012, AchimHopbach Hopbach was the Managing Director of the German Accreditation Council for seven years. Before that he held several positions as research assistant, faculty manager and consultant for the German Rectors’ Conference.
Achim Hopbach was President of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) from 2009 to 2013; he is member of the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ) since 2005 and member of the Bologna-Follow-up Group since 2009.
He worked on international consultancy projects in Africa and Southeast Asia and served on various national and international expert groups in the field of quality assurance.
Achim Hopbach published numerous articles on the Bologna Process, quality assurance and qualifications frameworks and is co-editor of the journal “Qualität in der Wissenschaft”.

RaggautzAndreas  Raggautz
Director Performance and Quality Management, University of Graz

Since 2002, Andreas Raggautz has been responsible for the development, implementation and daily work of the internal and external performance agreements, the internal reporting system, the development of the quality management system and the quality audit at the University of Graz.
He is a delegated representative of the Austrian universities in the general assembly of the (former) Austrian Quality Assurance Agency (AQA) and co-speaker of the Austrian network of university quality managers.

Kirsi  HiltunenHiltunen
Senior Adviser, Finnish Higher Education Evaluation Council

Kirsi Hiltunen has worked as Senior Adviser at the Finnish Higher Education Evaluation Council (FINHEEC) since 2007. Her main tasks include the development of evaluation methods and implementation of evaluations in the higher education sector. She has been the project manager for several institutional audits, the selection of Centres of Excellence in Education and various thematic evaluations including doctoral education. Prior to working for FINHEEC, Kirsi Hiltunen was a senior government official in the Ministry of Education and Culture in Finland. Her earlier working experience is with the Academy of Finland and the Research Centre for Knowledge, Science, Technology and Innovation Studies.

FromentEric  Froment
Chair, EQAR Register Committee

Eric Froment has been the Chair of the EQAR Register Committee since August 2012. He is former Professor of Economics at the University of Lyon, France, and was a member of the Register Committee from 2008 to 2009.
Founding President of the European University Association (EUA) from 2001 until 2005, he was previously Chief executive of the French National Conference of Presidents (CPU, 1998–2001). At the Université de Lyon 2, he served as President from 1991 to 1996.
From 2007-2011 he was adviser for international relations for the French national quality assurance agency AERES and from 2005-2007 adviser for European and international relations at the French Ministry for Higher Education. From 2009 to 2011 he was Chair of the Steering Committee of EUA’s Institutional Evaluation Programme.

Tina Harrison
Assistant Principal Academic Standards and Quality Assurance, University of Edinburgh
United Kingdom

Since 2009 Tina Harrison has had overall responsibility for the quality assurance framework at the University of Edinburgh, including the ongoing cycle of internal programme reviews of degree programmes and the quality assurance framework for student services. She joined the university in 1993 and still holds an academic position in the Business School where she continues to be engaged in teaching and research. She sits on a number of prominent committees within the Scottish sector and is currently a member of the QAA Scotland ELIR 3 (Enhancement-led Institutional Review) Committee that is responsible for overseeing the current institutional review method. She is also a member of the sparqs (student representation in Quality Scotland) Advisory Group, and represents the university sector on the SCQF (Scottish Credit and Qualifications) Quality Committee. She is also an executive member of the UK-wide Quality Strategy Network. In addition, she is actively supporting the development of QA structures and processes in the Kosovo higher education sector through involvement in two EU Tempus-funded projects with EU partners.

Hazel Marzetti
Student, University of Edinburgh
United Kingdom

Hazel Marzetti is a student of Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh. She has held a number of positions of responsibility within the university’s societies; she has volunteered as a student welfare adviser and has taken on numerous student representative roles. In the last academic year she was elected to undertake a full-time sabbatical year as Vice-President for Edinburgh University Students’ Association with responsibility for societies, activities, equality and diversity and student welfare. As part of this role she has worked with senior university management to develop and implement an Accessible and Inclusive Learning Policy. She has also played an active role in a number of the National Union of Students’ Committees including the Scottish Executive Committee.

Parallel Plenary Session II

Thomas  Ekman Jørgensen
Head of Unit, European University AssociationJørgensen

Thomas Ekman Jørgensen is Head of Unit at EUA, responsible for the EUA Council for Doctoral Education. His specific work areas are the training of researchers, development of doctoral schools, doctoral programmes and researcher careers. He has also worked on global trends in doctoral education including issues such as capacity building and global research collaborations.
Dr Jørgensen studied History and German Studies at the University of Copenhagen and the Free University Berlin. He received his PhD in History and Civilisation from the European University Institute in Florence in 2004 and worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Copenhagen and at the Université libre de Bruxelles before coming to EUA. As a historian, he has worked on students and left-wing movements around 1968. He has also published on youth movements during World War I.

Maiki  Udam
Development Manager, Estonian Higher Education Quality Agency

Maiki Udam has worked as Development Manager at the Estonian Higher Education Quality Agency (EKKA) since its establishment in 2009. Her main responsibility has been to develop the new external quality assurance system in higher education in Estonia - institutional accreditation and assessment of study programme groups.
Before EKKA, Maiki Udam worked as Head of Division for Higher Education at the Estonian Ministry of Education and as Head of the Office of Academic Affairs at the Tallinn University of Technology.
She has actively participated and spoken in a number of conferences and published articles on issues of quality assurance. She is a member of the Internal Quality Assurance and Stakeholders Involvement working groups at ENQA and participates in the ENQA LLL project “Transparency of European higher education through public quality assurance reports” as well as in the Twinning project “Improved Education in the Public Safety and Security Sectors” in Kosovo.

Stephanie  HeringHering
Academic staff member, Swiss Centre of Accreditation and Quality Assurance in Higher Education

Stephanie Hering works for the Swiss Centre of Accreditation and Quality Assurance in Higher Education (OAQ). She coordinates projects and conducts procedures in all fields of work of the agency. She participates in the ENQA working group on stakeholder involvement and represents OAQ as project partner in the ENQA LLL project “Transparency of European higher education through public quality assurance reports – EQArep”. Previously she worked in different universities as research collaborator and lecturer. She has a background in sociology.

David Crosier
Coordinator for Higher Education, Eurydice

David joined Eurydice, the European Union's education information network, in September 2008. He is responsible for the network's activities on higher education. Eurydice is responsible for providing information on education to policy makers across Europe. David leads the work on higher education, where Eurydice produces the official progress report for the Bologna Ministerial Conferences as well as thematic reports and other information related to European priorities.
Before joining Eurydice, David worked for the European University Association where he was responsible for a variety of projects focusing on different aspects of implementation of the Bologna Process. He managed EUA's Trends reports, and was co-author of the Trends V publication in 2007. He was also responsible for leading EUA's work on joint programmes and degrees, as well as working on institutional development issues in the countries of former Yugoslavia.

Saturday 23 November

Plenary Session III


Sijbolt  Noorda
President, Academic Cooperation Association

Dr Sijbolt Noorda is President Emeritus of the University of Amsterdam and former President of the Association of Dutch Research Universities. He has held various executive and non-executive positions in the domains of Higher Education & Research, Public Radio & Television, Performing Arts & Movies, Health Service, High Performance Computing, not-for-profit Publishing and Social Services.
At present he chairs the Academic Cooperation Association (Brussels) and is adviser to various Austrian, Dutch, German, Romanian and Turkish universities. He lectures and writes on Higher Education, Open Access Publishing, and Cultural History of Religions in Europe. He holds degrees from the Free University Amsterdam, Utrecht University and Union Seminary/Columbia University, NYC.

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