Quality is in the Eye of the Beholder:
Relevance, Credibility and International Visibility

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Bjørn Stensaker

Dr. Bjørn Stensaker is a professor of higher education at the University of ...

Prof Goolam Mohamedbhai

Professor Goolam Mohamedbhai did his undergraduate and postgraduate ...

Dr Bjørn Stensaker

Dr. Bjørn Stensaker is a professor of higher education at the University of Oslo, Norway. He has a special research interest in governance and management of higher education, and has during the last 20 years published widely on these topics, not least on themes related to quality assurance. Dr. Stensaker is currently the President of EAIR - the European Higher Education Society, and follows the development of quality assurance closely through various appointments at QA agencies in Denmark, Portugal and Hong Kong.

Prof Goolam Mohamedbhai

Professor Goolam Mohamedbhai did his undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Civil Engineering at the University of Manchester, UK, and his postdoctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley. He was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Mauritius from 1995 to 2005. He has also served as Secretary-General of the Association of African Universities, President of the International Association of Universities, Chair of the Association of Commonwealth Universities and a member and Vice-Chair of the governing Council of the United Nations University. He is the recipient of several honorary doctorates and awards, including the 2014 GUNI-Africa and AfriQAN Award for Distinguished Service to Quality Assurance in Higher Education in Africa.

Other Speakers

Dr. Susanna Karakhanyan

In addition to serving as President of INQAAHE, Dr. Karakhanyan is the founding member...

Dr. Susanna Karakhanyan

In addition to serving as President of INQAAHE, Dr. Karakhanyan is the founding member and Past President of the Accreditation Commission of the National Center for Professional Education Quality Assurance in Armenia and the Quality Assurance Section Manager of the Abu Dhabi Education Council, in the United Arab Emirates. Dr. Karakhanyan’s expertise evolves around authoring, initiating and implementing a variety of projects under the auspices of the Council of Europe, UNESCO, Open Society Institute, the World Bank, and the Asian Development Bank to name some. All the projects address higher education reforms in general and different elements in quality assurance in particular. She serves, for the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and UNESCO as a consultant in a range of quality assurance missions. The systems to which she had tangible contribution include, but are not limited tosuch countries and regions as Albania, Mongolia, Tajikistan, and other former Soviet countries, Europe, Southern and Eastern Africa and MENA region. She authors and delivers capacity building events and external reviews of QA systems/agencies per country/agency requests. Her service has been acknowledged through multiple awards such as a Gold Medal from the Ministry of Education and Science of Armenia for significant contribution to the HE system in Armenia in 2015. 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 external and internal (both quality assurance agencies and higher education institutions) quality assurance systems in a diversity of contexts at the global level.

Professor ChenicheriSid Nair,PhD

Prof. Sid Nair is the Executive Director of the Tertiary Education Commission, Mauritius...

Professor ChenicheriSid Nair,PhD

Prof. Sid Nair is the Executive Director of the Tertiary Education Commission, Mauritius. As CEO of the Commission he is responsible for the formulation and execution of strategies, policies and procedures in the higher education sector in Mauritius. Prof. Nair is a Chemical Engineer by training but his interest in helping students succeed in the applied sciences in higher education led him to his many works in improving student life in the higher education system.His research work lies in the areas of quality of teaching and learning, classroom and school environments, and the implementation of improvements from stakeholder feedback.

Dr. Jagannath Patil

Dr. Jagannath Patil [JP] serves as Adviser at National Assessment and Accreditation Council of India...

Dr. Jagannath Patil

Dr. Jagannath Patil [JP] serves as Adviser at National Assessment and Accreditation Council of India. He is the immediate Past President of Asia Pacific Quality Network [APQN]. He was the first Asian expert elected as president of INQAAHE in 2015- 2016. He is founder Chairperson of Asia Pacific Quality Register [APQR]. He has coordinated Accreditation for over 1200 Institutions. JP is recipient of Endeavor Award, 2007, Australia; Decennial Award, APQN, 2013; Plaque of Honor, ONESQA, Thailand, 2014 and Lifetime Achievement Award by Dr. BAM University, India, 2017. JP leads INQAAHE Working Group on Global Quality Assurance Register [GQAR].

Professor Angela Yun Chi Hou Bio

Yung-chi Hou (Angela), is Professor of Higher Education at Fu Jen Catholic University, Taiwan....

Professor Angela Yun Chi Hou Bio

Yung-chi Hou (Angela), is Professor of Higher Education at Fu Jen Catholic University, Taiwan. She now serves Executive Director of Higher Education Evaluation & Accreditation Council as well as the Vice President of APQN. Currently, she is also in the service of Chief-in- Editor of HEED Journal jointly published by HEEACT and Asian Pacific Quality Network (APQN) and as Associate Editor of Journal of Asian Pacific Educational Review (SSCI). She specializes in higher education policy, quality management, internationalization, faculty development, quality assurance of cross border higher education. She has been conducting several international higher education research projects funded by the Taiwan and US governments. Up to, present, she has published more than 120 Chinese and English papers, articles, book chapters and reports in the areas of higher education evaluation and rankings in local and international referred journals. She is the author of CHEA Principles "Principle 1 Quality and higher education providers". She is also recognized by the Springer as one of the top 24 Asian researchers in higher education field.

Professor Shaw Ren Lin Bio

Shaw-ren Lin is a professor at Taipei National University of the Arts, Taiwan. ...

Professor Shaw Ren Lin Bio

Shaw-ren Lin is a professor at Taipei National University of the Arts, Taiwan. He now serves as the Dean of Office of Quality Assurance of Higher Education Evaluation & Accreditation Council. He got his Ph.D from National Cheng Chi University, Taiwan, and Uesd be a Fulbrighter for postdoctoral research in the University of Pittsburgh, USA. From 2001, he served in Center for Teacher Education and Graduate Institute of Arts and Humanities Education of TNUA, and as the Dean of Research & Development Office for the past 6 years. He specializes in education evaluation, quality assurance, higher education policy, teaching and learning assessment. He has been conducting several education evaluation and higher education research projects funded by Ministry of Education, Ministry of Science and Technology, and Taiwan local governments. He also has been awarded "2008 Excellence Teacher of TNUA " and the "Internship Guide Professor Award " by MOE in the same year.

Dr. Esther Huertas Hidalgo

Esther Huertas Hidalgo (Ph.D. Chemical Engineering) is a senior advisor at the Catalan University...

Dr. Esther Huertas Hidalgo

Esther Huertas Hidalgo (Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, University of Barcelona, 2010) is a senior advisor at the Catalan University Quality Assurance Agency (AQU Catalunya). Huertas has served as researcher and assistant professor at the University of Barcelona. She began to collaborate with AQU Catalunya as a student expert and in 2006 she got a position at the Agency. Huertas participates in different international groups such as the European Consortium for Accreditation and the AUDIT network and she has also contributed to international seminars such as ENQA Workshops, EQAF, etc. Currently, she is the chair of ENQA's working group on quality assurance and e-learning and the work package leader of quality assurance in online higher education in the TeSLA project (H2020 Ref. : 688520).

Dr. Anna Elena Guerrero Roldan

Esther Huertas Hidalgo (Ph.D. Chemical Engineering) is a senior advisor at the Catalan University...

Dr. Anna Elena Guerrero Roldan

She holds a PhD focused on eLearning and technology by the Open University of Catalonia (UOC). She has a Bachelor in Pedagogy from the Ramon Llull University and specialist in online education. She is an Associate professor at the Psychology and Educational Science Studies at UOC since 2001. She is a member of the Digital Literacy. She has participated in several national and international research projects related with elearning. Her research focuses on the design of technology enhanced systems for online teaching and learning, being centred in e-assessment and feedback. She is the IP of TEKING research group (http://teking.uoc.edu/). Currently, she is the TeSLA project coordinator (H2020 Ref. : 688520).

Dr. Andreas Snildal

Andreas Snildal is a Programme Specialist in UNESCO Education Sector's Section ...

Dr. Andreas Snildal

Andreas Snildal is a Programme Specialist in UNESCO Education Sector's Section for Higher Education in Paris. He holds a doctorate in history from the University of Oslo, where he also was working as a researcher and a lecturer before joining the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT) as a Senior Advisor in 2014. From 2017, he is seconded from the Norwegian Government to UNESCO, where he is mainly working within the field of recognition, quality assurance and normative instruments in higher education.

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