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Thematic coordinators:

Hans de WIT, University of Applied Sciences, Amsterdam
Ligia DECA, University of Luxemburg

  1. Internationalization of Higher Education: Navigating between Contrasting Trends, Sarah Guri-Rosenblit (The Open University of Israel)
  2. Internationalization Strategies and Policies in Second-Tier Higher Education Institutions, Hans de Wit (Centre for Higher Education Internationalisation (CHEI) at the Universita Cattolica Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy), Miri Yemini (School of Education, Tel Aviv University, Ramat Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel), Randall Martin (British Columbia Council for International Education (BCCIE), Canada)
  3. Internationalisation as a lever for change, Dr. Fiona Hunter (Centre for Higher Education Internationalisation (CHEI), Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy)
  4. Conceptualising internationalisation of the curriculum, Jos Beelen (Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences School of Economics and Management), Elspeth Jones
  5. The Impact of a University’s Social Environment on the Development of Intercultural Competence in First Year Master Students, Jeanine Gregersen – Hermans (University of Hull, UK)
  6. Balanced mobility – a reachable objective?, Irina Ferencz (Academic Cooperation Association)
  7. CoSMiCE – Challenges of Student Mobility in a Cosmopolitan Europe, Janine Wulz, Florian Rainer
  8. Becoming Bologna capable: Strategic cooperation and capacity building in International Offices in Kazakhstani HEIs, Jason Sparks, Zakir Jumakulov, Adil Ashirbekov, Aisi Li, Lynne Parmenter, Aida Sagintayeva (Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education, Kazakhstan)
  9. Internationalisation in Romania – challenges at the institutional and national level,Ligia Deca, Eva Egron-Polak, Cristina Fiț (project case study)

Financing and governance

Thematic coordinators:

Liviu MATEI, Central European University, Budapest
Cezar HÂJ, Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding (UEFISCDI)

  1. Patterns of funding the internationalization of higher education, Liviu Matei, Julia Iwinska (Central European University, Budapest)
  2. Funding and restructuring the university sector in a context of global competition, Enora Pruvot, Thomas Estermann (European University Association)
  3. The Evolving Landscape of South-east Asian Higher Education and the Challenges of Governance, Assoc. Prof. Sauwakon Ratanawijitrasin (Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Mahidol University, Thailand)
  4. Influence of the funding models on the social dimension of higher education, Lea Meister, Asnate Kažoka (European Students’ Union)
  5. Funding mechanisms for current challenges in the EHEA: A comparative perspective, Mirela Vlăsceanu (National University of Political and Administrative Studies, Bucharest)
  6. Financing university research in post-communist EHEA countries, Ernő Keszei (Eötvös Loránd University Budapest, Hungary)
  7. Public funding of HE research in Romania, Lazăr Vlăsceanu (Department of Sociology, University of Bucharest, Romania), Matjaž Perc (Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, University of Maribor, Slovenia), Marian-Gabriel Hâncean (Department of Sociology, University of Bucharest, Romania)
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Excellence and diversification of higher education institutions’ missions

Thematic coordinator:

Jan SADLAK, IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence

  1. An overview of excellence-driven policies and initiatives: rationale, design, implementation and outcomes, Prof. Isak D. Froumin, Mikhail Lisyutkin (Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia)
  2. The knowledge society and diversification of higher education [the new institutional pyramid, diversification of the content and organization of study programmes; is diversification a contributing factor for enhancement of quality and excellence], Attila Pausits (Danube University Krems, Krems, Austria)
  3. New rankings on the scene: Are they really new?, Gergely Ferenc Kováts (Institute of Management and the Center for International Higher Education Studies, Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary)
  4. Why and how university rankings can serve assessment and enhancement of sustainability and third mission of the university, Prof. Chiara Mio (Faculty of Management, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Venice, Italy)
  5. From highschool to university. Coping with students’ indecision in choosing their studies, Simona Sava, Madalin Bunoiu, Laura Malita, Adriana Isvoran (West University of Timisoara)
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Teaching, learning and student engagement

Thematic coordinators:

Manja KLEMENCIC, Harvard University
Paul ASHWIN, University of Lancaster

  1. Teaching and learning: a journey from the margins to the core, Cristina Sin (Centre for Research in Higher Education Policies (CIPES) – Portugal)
  2. The meanings of student engagement: implications for policies and practices, Paul Ashwin (University of Lancaster- UK) and Debbie McVitty (NUS UK – UK)
  3. On the use of student surveys for understanding and improvement of student engagement in teaching and learning and extracurricular activities, Manja Klemenčič (University of Harvard – US and University of Ljubljana – Slovenia) and Igor Chirikov (Higher School of Economics, Moscow / University of Berkeley, California)
  4. Understanding the quality of learning in digital learning environments: state of the art and research needed, Bernadette Charlier (University of Fribourg- Switzerland), Laurent Cosnefroy (Ecole Normale Supérieure Lyon- France), Annie Jézégou (University of Lille 1 science and technology – France), Geneviève Lameul (University of Rennes 2- France)
  5. Assessment of learning outcomes, Hamish Coates (University of Melbourne – Australia)
  6. Giving voice to nontraditional students “walking” the narrative mediation path – a tool for developing reflexive function. An interpretative phenomenological analysis, Dan Florin Stănescu, Elena-Mădălina Iorga (National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest, Romania); José González Monteagudo (University of Sevilla, Faculty of Education Sciences, Sevilla, Spain)
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Social dimension /Equity

Thematic coordinator:

Alex USHER, Higher Education Strategy Associates

  1. Private Costs and Educational Inequality, Koen Geven (European University Institute, Florence, Italy)
  2. Struggling with social polarization. Financial student support in Romania in the framework of the Bologna Process, Bogdan Murgescu (National Council for Higher Education Funding, Romania), Cezar Hâj (Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding, Romania), Daniela Alexe (Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding, Romania)
  3. Enhancing the social dimension of Polish higher education through diversification of lifelong learning opportunities: A national and institutional perspective, Andrzej Krasniewski (Warsaw University of Technology, Poland)
  4. Premises of inclusive access and success of Roma people in Higher Education in Romania, Diana Cismaru (National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Romania), Cristina Ramona Fiț (Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding, Romania), Delia Gologan (Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding, Romania)
  5. Underrepresented groups in European Higher Education, Martin Unger, Petra Wejwar (Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS), Vienna, Austria)
  6. A comprehensive approach to investigating the social dimension in European higher education systems – The PL4SD Country Reviews, Dr. Dominic Orr (Deutsches Zentrum für Hochschul- und Wissenschaftsforschung, Hannover, Germany), Martin Unger (Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS), Vienna, Austria)
  7. No Future for the Social Dimension?, Florian Kaiser, Elisabeth Gehrke, Liva Vikmane, Tiago Martins (European Students’ Union)

Education, Research and Innovation

Thematic coordinator:

Marzia FORONI,Ministry of Education, University and Research, Italy

  1. Enhancing the quality of research in Europe: theoretical perspectives and guiding principles for researcher development, Professor Linda Evans (University of Leeds, United Kingdom)
  2. Doctoral programs: a bridge between higher education and research, Nicola Vittorio (University of Rome Tor Vergata)
  3. Tuning tools and insights for modern competence-based third-cycle programmes, Prof. Ann Katherine Isaacs (University of Pisa, Italy)
  4. The problems of doctoral education in Armenia within the framework of Bologna reforms, Lusine Fljyan (Yerevan state Linguistic University “Brusov”, Armenia)
  5. Education through research at CERN, Dr. Alexandru Nicolin (Horia Hulubei National Institute for Physics and Nuclear Engineering, Romania), Dr. Florin Buzatu (Institute for Atomic Physics, Romania)
  6. Quality of doctoral training and employability of doctorate holders: The views of doctoral candidates and junior researchers, John Peacock (Eurodoc, The European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers), Filomena Parada (Eurodoc, The European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers)
  7. Research and Innovation for Education and Education for Research and Innovation, Gabriela Florescu, (National Institute for Research and Development in Informatics, Romania)
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Quality Assurance

Thematic coordinator:

Hanne SMIDT, European University Association

  1. Negotiating liminality in higher education: formal and informal dimensions of the student experience as facilitators of quality, Dr. Vanessa Rutherford & Dr. Ian Pickup (University College, Cork, Ireland)
  2. Implementing internal quality assurance in doctoral education, Thomas Jorgensen (Council for Doctoral Education, European University Association), Chiara Lauritano (Doctoral School, Politecnico di Torino, Italy), prof. Flavio Canavero (Doctoral School, Politecnico di Torino, Italy), Martina van de Sand (Dahlem Research School, Free University Berlin, Germany)
  3. In search of balancing quality assurance, autonomy, accountability and trust, Noël Vercruysse (Department of Education and Training)
  4. Higher education institutions’ experience with cross-border quality assurance reviews, Melinda Szabo (European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education – EQAR)
  5. Forms in Search of Substance: Quality and Evaluation in Romanian Universities, Koen Geven (European University Institute, Florence), Adina Maricut (Central European University, Budapest)
  6. Defining Quality of Higher Education from the Students’ perspective, Fernando Miguel Galán-Palomares, Blazhe Todorovski, Henni Saarela (European Students’ Union)
  7. Quality games in higher education; the cases of Romania and Switzerland, Gorga Adriana (University of Lausanne, Switzerland)
  8. Students as Stakeholders in the policy context of the European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in Higher Education Institutions, Frauke Logermann (Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies, University of Twente, Netherlands), Prof. Dr. Liudvika Leisyte (Zentrum für HochschulBildung, TU Dortmund, Germany)
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The impacts of the Bologna Process on EHEA and beyond

Thematic coordinator:

Sjur BERGAN, Council of Europe

  1. Europe at the Global edge, articulating the global dimension of EHEA through recognition, Fernando Miguel Galán-Palomares (European Students Union), Kevin Guillaume (European Network of Information Centres on recognition in the European Region)
  2. Current and Future Prospects for Bologna Process in Turkish Higher Education System, Dr. Armagan Erdogan (Social Sciences University of Ankara, Turkey)
  3. The Bologna Process goes East: from ‘Third Countries’ Jargon to Prioritising Inter-regional Cooperation between the EU and ASEAN, Que Anh Dang (University of Bristol)
  4. Future Scenarios for the European Higher Education Area: Exploring the Potential of ‘Experimentalist Governance’, Robert Harmsen (University of Luxembourg)
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Evidence-based policies in HE: Data analytics, impact assessment and reporting

Thematic coordinator:

Jamil SALMI, Global tertiary education expert

  1. Do changes in cost-sharing have an impact on the behaviour of students and higher education institutions? Evidence from nine case studies, Dr. Dominic Orr (Deutsches Zentrum für Hochschul- und Wissenschaftsforschung, Hannover, Germany)
  2. Higher Education Research in Europe, Ulrich Teichler (International Centre for Higher Education Research, University of Kassel, Germany)
  3. Does research influence educational policy? The perspective of researchers and policy- makers in Romania, Georgeta Ion (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona / University of Bucharest), Romita Iucu (Universiy of Bucharest, Romania)
  4. Using evidences and impact evaluation in optimizing the higher education reform in the Republic of Moldova, Ana-Maria Stăvaru, Nicolae Toderaș (National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest, Romania)
  5. The Impact of the Bologna Process and German Higher Education Reforms on Faculty Work at the University of Potsdam: A Case Study, Christen Cullum Hairston (Educational Enhancement Department, American University of Antigua)
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