Assessing Quality - 2nd Athens International Conference on University Assessment HELLENIC AMERICAN UNIVERSITY

Speakers

The confirmed speakers are as follows:
(in alphabetical order)

Prof. Spyros Amourgis

Dr. Foteini Asderaki

Prof. Paraskevi Boufounou

Prof. Nikitas Chiotinis

Mr. George Dakos

Dr. Sofia Daskou

Dr. Kathryn Dodge

Mr. Gero Federkeil

Prof. Alexander Fedotoff

Prof. Ömer L. Gebizlioğlu

Dr. Nicholas Harkiolakis

Prof. Ellen Hazelkorn

Prof. Rolf Heusser

Mr. Stephen Jackson

Mr. Eduardo García Jiménez

Dr. Panagiotis Karampelas

Dr. Despina Konstas

Dr. George Koutoulas

Prof. Athanasios Kyriazis

Dr. Ioanna Laniti

Mr. Richard John Mannix

Prof. Hans-Ulrich Mittmann

Ms Jean Avnet Morse

Dr. Patricia M. O’Brien

Mr. Daniel Obst

Ms Laure Hélène Onidi

Dr. Michael Ortiz

Prof. Ivan Panaiotov

Prof. John Panaretos

Prof. Dimitrios Raptopoulos

Prof. Sezai Rokaj

Prof. Ioannis Thanopoulos

Dr. Christian Thune

Dr. Pal Veres

Dr. Antony Vickers

Dr. Don Westerheijden

Prof. Peter Williams

Prof. Achilleas Zapranis

 


Prof. Spyros Amourgis

Vice President of the  Hellenic Open University (HOU) from 1997-06.

Dean of the College of Environmental Design of the California State Polytechnic University in Pomona ( CSPU) 1994-6, Liaison of the Association of the  Collegiate Schools of Architecture ( ACSA) with the European Schools of Architecture 1990-95, and elected Secretary to the Board of the ACSA 1994-96. Taught architectural design as Professor at the CSPU 1978-97, and before as visiting professor at the Ecole Polytecnique Federale in Lausanne 1977, as Year Master at The Architectural Association School of Architecture in London 1967-8, and as Assistant to the Chair of Urban Design at the National Polytechnic of Athens 1965-7. Studied Architecture in London and specialized in Urban Design at the Nat.Tech. University of Athens.

Received an Urban Design Scholarship to the Salzburg Seminar in American Studies in 1973 that lead to a Senior Fellowship for research at The Johns Hopkins University in 1974. Has also received a Japanese Government Fellowship for research in 1993 at the Kyushu Institute of Design.

Professional work has received awards in architectural competitions in Greece and building projects have been published in architectural professional journals in Greece, Norway, Germany, and Japan. Building designs have been exhibited at the German Architecture Museum in Frankfurt 1999, the Architecture Academy of Mendrizio in Switzerland 2004, the City of Nicosia in Cyprus 2005, and  the Benaki Museum in Athens in 2006.

 

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Dr. Foteini Asderaki

Dr Foteini Asderaki works at the Secretariat for Higher Education at the Hellenic Ministry of National Education and Religious Affairs. She has studied Pedagogics and Political Sciences. She holds an MA in International and European Studies and a PhD in Political Sciences from the Department of Political Sciences and Public Administration (Law School) at the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens. Her Thesis title was: “The Formation of an International Regime: The European Higher Education Area”. She has been a member of the Bologna Follow-up Group since 2004. She is also a member of the Stocktaking Group and a deputy member of the BFUG Board (2005-2006) and the External Dimension Group (2005-07).


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Prof. Paraskevi Boufounou

EDUCATION                                
  • Ph.D. in Economics  UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS
  • Μ.Phil in Economics , DUNDEE UNIVERSITY, U.K.
  • B.A. in Economics UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS
ACADEMIC  EXPERIENCE
  • Lecturing in UNIVERSITY OF PIRAEUS, National School for Local Administration, Τ.Ε.Ι. OF PIRAEUS, Department of Economics in cooperation with Un. of Kentucky-U.S.A, UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS, Economics Department, PANTEIO UNIVERSITY, Regional Development Institute for the Bachelor’s Degree (Course:Public Works, Public Supplies and Investment Attraction in Local Administration)
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
  • 01/00 –03/03  : AVAX SECURITIES

    Managing Director & Stock Exchange Representative

    Reengineering-Restructuring-Further Expansion in both Spot and Derivatives Market-Underwritings- Portfolio Management- New Product Development  (Bonds, Dericatives,etc)-ΜΙS-Administration (Organization Chart & Job Description, Strategic Planning, etc)-Entry of Credit Lyonnais as Strategic Investor

  • 09/96- 12/99  : COMMERCIAL SECURITIES (Subsidiary of COMMERCIAL BANK OF GREECE)

    Sales and Product Development Manager

    Reengineering- Restructuring-Ranking in top 10 (of 100)

    Expansion by cooperating with ΕΛΔΕ - ΕΠΕΥ, Funds (Greek-Foreign), with the network of branches of Commercial Bank of Greece, with the Private Banking Dept, Underwritings, Portfolio Management, New Product Development (Bonds, Derivatives, etc), ΜΙS connecting Commercial Bank Group with its subsidiary (Customers, Training, Marketing, etc), Administration (Organization  Chart & Job Description, Strategic Planning, etc)

  • 08/93 – 08/96 : COMMERCIAL LEASING (Subsidiary of COMMERCIAL BANK OF GREECE)

    Ass. General Manager (equal responsibilities as the General Manager)

    Reengineering-Restructuring-Ranking first instead of last. Feasibility Study and final implementation of Buyout ΒΝΡ’s shares on Behalf of Commercial Bank of Greece-Corporate Image Integration, Administration (Organization Chart & Job Description, Strategic Planning, etc)-ΜΙS connecting Commercial Bank Group with its subsidiary (Customers, Training, Μarketing, etc)-Cooperation with Commercial Bank of Greece branches’ network- Authorization:0,75million euros/client

  • 12/87 – 07/93 : COMMERCIAL BANK OF GREECE

    Planning, Policy and Programming Department (Economic Studies Department)

    Introduction & Implementation of Strategic Planning Process in Commercial Bank of Greece Group- Introduction & Implementation of Management By Objectives System-Methods for Locating Bank Branches-Methods for Evaluating Bank Branches’ Performance-Asset Liabilities Management-Interest Rates’ Setting Systems based on Macroeconomic Projections-Credit Risk Systems
  • 03/86 – 6/86  : PUBLIC POWER CORPORATION

    Planning Department.

    Investment Appraisal, Cost Analysis

OTHER INTERESTS      

Publications in Greek and International Academic Journals (EJOR, etc.)

  • Authoring and Publication of Books
  • Economic Consultant of Private Enterprises and Organizations (ΕΒΕΑ, etc)
  • Member in Professional Organizations (Economic Institution, etc)
  • Member of  Non Governmental  Organizations


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Prof. Nikitas Chiotinis

STUDIES           
  • Diploma of Architect-Engineer from the Ecole Spéciale d´Architecture, Paris, 1976. Member of the Technical Chamber of Greece. 
POST-GRADUATE STUDIES
  • PhD in Architecture - National Technical Unioversity of Athens, School of Architecture 
  • Master (D.E.A ) in Philosophy, Philosophy of Art and Culture, Department of Philosophy of the University PARIS I - PANTHEON - SORBONNE
  • Master (Maîtrise) of Aesthetics, Department of Plastic Arts and Sciences of Art, University PARIS I - PANTHEON - SORBONNE 
PROFESSIONAL AND ACADEMIC ACTIVITY
  • Professor at TEI of Athens – department of Interior Architectur and Design.
  • Numerous publications in greek and international scientific reviews and books.
  • Presentations in International Conferences and speaches on Architecture, Aesthetics and Philosophy, published in the corresponding Proceedings. 2000- current, Director of the Faculty of Graphic Design and Applied Arts.
  • Member of the Technical Chamber of Greece.
  • Member of the International Association «Cosmos and Phiolosophy».
  • Member of the International Association for Aesthetics.
  • Member of the Scientific Council of the International SD-MED Association. 


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Mr. George Dakos

President & Managing Director, Stedima SA Business Consultants

George Dakos, born in Athens in 1960, holds degrees in Mathematics/Statistics from the University of Athens (1983), and an MSc in Transport Economics and Engineering from the University of Birmingham. In 1984 he received the British Leyland price for academic excellence from the University of Birmingham. He has received further training in Business Administration from the University of Warwick Business School (1989-1991).

From 1987 to 1993 he worked in London with the consulting companies   TPA, a High Point Rendel subsidiary and Steer Davies Gleave, reaching the level of Senior Consultant.  He also worked, as an Investment Appraisal Economist with London Underground Ltd. During that period he directed projects on behalf of organizations such as British Airways, Blue Circle Industries PLC, St Mary’s Hospital Paddington, Olympia & York, the London Dockland’s Development Corporation, Heathrow Airport and the European Commission.  In 1993 he returned to Greece and founded DMC Consulting Company. In 1999 he took over Stedima’s operations as Managing Director and since March 2002 also holds the position of President of the Board.  In Greece he has directed major projects for the ministries of Education, National Economy and Industry, the Industrial Property Organisation and private companies such as Chipita, Lambrakis Press Group, Eurobank, Citibank, Toyota Hellas, L’Oreal, Porto Elounda De Lux Resort, Aldemar Group, Mellon Technologies, Forthnet, Korres Natural products etc. 

He is a member of the Association of Chief Executive Officers, and has taught Management practice at the University of Athens. He has also taught courses on the privatization and deregulation of private sector enterprises in Bulgaria and Poland under the EU Phare program.

George currently supervises all internal and international operations of Stedima, being the partner for Greece of Europe’s largest independent network of executive search companies, the European Executive Search Network (EESN), and responsible for Stedima’s strategic alliance in New Delhi, India with the K.K. India Group for joint venture projects.

 

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Dr. Sofia Daskou

Dr. Daskou has received her Ph.D in Marketing from the University of Strathclyde, in Glasgow, UK. She holds an MSc in Marketing from the University of Stirling and a BSc in Business Administration from the American College of Greece. She has served as a lecturer in the Marketing Department of Strathclyde University for a period of 6 years, where her responsibilities focused on issues of program and course development, directing the faculty research seminars series and the International Marketing Consulting program of the MSc in International Marketing. Previously she received teaching experience as a TA from the University of Stirling and the University of Strathclyde. She is currently also appointed as a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Strathclyde, an External Examiner of the undergraduate program of Kingston University (ICBS), and is a member of the Editorial Board of the academic Journal of Marketing Intelligence and Planning. She is also the Director of Community Relations of the Athens Institute of Education and Research (ATINER) and has been a contributor to the ESRC-funded Seminar Series on Relationship Marketing, as a conference organiser. Her research work has appeared in the British Academy of Marketing Proceedings, in the European Marketing Academy Proceedings, and in various journals such as the Journal of Relationship Marketing, Journal of Financial Services Marketing, The Global Business & Economics Review. Her research interests focus on issues of Relationship Marketing, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Consumer issues, Business relationships, and Service Quality.

 

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Dr. Kathryn Dodge

Dr. Kathryn Dodge has been the executive director of the N.H. Postsecondary Education Commission since March of 2001.  The NH Postsecondary Education Commission is a coordinating state agency working with colleges, universities and career schools in all sectors (profit and non profit; independent and public) to protect students and promote access through financial aid. Responsibilities include administering seven financial aid programs; approving degree-granting colleges and universities, and licensing career schools that have a physical presence in NH; approving programs for eligible veterans utilizing their Montgomery GI Bill benefits; providing copies of closed school transcripts to former students; and conducting research and studies related to postsecondary education.

There are two unique aspects of the Commission. The first is that the Commission works with all sectors; this is not the case in most states. Secondly, the Commission supports a higher education peer review process as is reflected in the Commission membership.

Before coming to the Commission, Kathryn was active in postsecondary admissions having served as the Director of Admissions at Keene State College for over a decade and earlier as Director of Admissions at the Katharine Gibbs School in New York City.  In addition to her public higher education experience, she has worked in publishing.

Kathryn received her Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems from the Fielding Institute, Santa Barbara CA in 2001.  She has two Master’s Degrees and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Literature.

 

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Mr. Gero Federkeil

Gero is a trained sociologist and has been working in the field of higher education since 1993. He started to work for the German Science Council in 1993 where he worked on higher education, evaluation and indicators, higher education and employment and on university medicine. He conducted many evaluations of German higher education institutions, both universities and Fachhochschulen. Since 2000 he is working at the CHE Centre for Higher Education Development as a project manager. His main fields of work are ranking, evaluation, quality management and performance indicators. He is co-ordinating the international ranking activities at CHE. He published on quality assessment and rankings.

 

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Prof. Alexander Fedotoff

EDUCATION AND DEGREES
  • 1998 ---------- Dr. Habil. - in Oriental Literature and Culture, Sofia University, Bulgaria
  • 1987 ---------- Ph. D. – in Oriental Literature and Culture, Sofia University, Bulgaria
  • 1973-1979 ---- M.A. – in Oriental Literature and Culture, Saint-Petersburg, Russia
  • 1962-1973 ---- Diploma of Secondary Education, Novosibirsk Medium School, Russia
  • 1995 ---------- Diploma, The Academy of Korean Studies, Seoul, Korea
EXPERIENCE
  • 1999 to present --- Professor of Oriental Literature and Culture (Korean, Tibetan and Mongolian Literature), Sofia University
  • 1990-1999 --------- Associate Professor of Oriental Literature and Culture, Sofia University
  • 1987-1990 --------- Senior Lecturer in Oriental Literature and Culture, Sofia University
  • 1981-1987 --------- Assistant Professor in Oriental Literature and Culture, Sofia University
  • 1993 ---------------- Fellow under Korea Foundation, Seoul, Korea
  • 1996 ---------------- Fellow under Korea Foundation, Seoul, Korea
  • 1991 ---------------- Fellow in Tibetan Center, Dharamsala, India
  • 1983 ---------------- Fellow at Ulan-Bator University, Mongolia
  • 1986 ---------------- Fellow at Ulan-Bator University, Mongolia
OCCUPATION
  • 2003 to present --- Director of Korean Studies Centre at Sofia University
  • 2002 to present --- Member of Council for High Education of Bulgaria
  • 2001 to present --- Vice Rector of Sofia University
  • 1995-2001 --------- Vice-Dean of Faculty of Classical and Modern Philology, Sofia University 
  • 1998 to present --- Director of Centre for Oriental Languages and Cultures, Sofia University
  • 2000 to present --- Head of Department of East Asian Studies, Sofia University
QUALIFICATIONS

Literary and Cultural background in the field of Korean, Central Asian and Tibetan Studies, supplemented by experience in Oriental religions, folklore and linguistics.

LANGUAGES

Bulgarian, English, Russian, Mongolian, Korean, Tibetan, Manchurian, Sanskrit, German, etc.

PUBLICATIONS (books published recently)
  • History of Classical Korean Literature. Sofia: Sofia University Publishing House, 2006.
  • Anthology of Classical Korean Poetry. Sofia: Exel-M Publishers, 2001.
  • The Smile of Buddha. Buddhist Features in Classical Korean Poetry. Sofia: Zaharii Stoyanov Publishers, 2001.
  • Korean and Altaic Mythology and Folklore. Sofia: Excel-M Publishers, 2000.
  • Traditional Korean Culture. Sofia: Excel-M, 1999.
  • The Mirror of the Heart. Sofia: Sofia University Press, 1998.
  • A History of Korea (since time immemorial to Cheoson Dynasty). Sofia: Sofia University Press, 1998.
  • The Moon in the Well. Sofia: Shambhala Press, 1997.
  • Korea. Sofia: Shambhala Press, 1997.
PROFESSIONAL PLANS

To develop professional skills and understanding of Oriental literature and culture, comparative cultural and literature studies.

 

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Prof. Ömer L. Gebizlioğlu

Degree: Prof. Dr. (Ph.D.)
Position: Professor of Statistics, Head of the Department of Statistics, Vice President of Ankara University
Institute: Ankara University, Faculty of Science, Department of Statistics

Research Interest
Statistical Theory , Probability and Stochastic Processes, Statistical Analysis and Inference, Risk Theory, Actuarial Analysis

Personal
Born in Ankara, 1952. Graduated from Middle East Technical University (B.Sc.) in Economics and Statistics (1974),Ankara,Turkey. Received M.Sc. Degree in Statistics from Union College and University (1979),New York,U.S.A. Obtained Ph.D. degree in Statistics/Administrative and Engineering Sciences from Union College and University, (1981) , New York,U.S.A.

Professional Experience
• Part Time Staff Member of Russell Sage College, New York,, USA (1980-1981)
• Staff Member of the New South Wales Institute of Technology (1988-1991), Sydney, Australia
• Senior Scientist of Operational Research Devision of St. George Banking Group, Australia (1989-1991)
• Vice-President of the State Institute of Statistics, Turkey (1992-1995, 1997-1998)
• President of the State Institute of Statistics(1998-1999),Prime Ministry, Ankara, Turkey
• Faculty Member of Department of Statistics of the Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara,Turkey (Asst. Prof., 1982-1985; Assoc. Prof., 1985-1992; Proffesor, 1992-1993; Head of the Department, 1987-1989),
• Faculty Member of Department of Statistics of Ankara University (Proffesor, 1993-Curr.; Head of Department, 1993-Curr.)
• Vice-President of Ankara University (2000-curr.), Ankara, Turkey
• President of the Turkish Statistical Association (1995-Curr.)
• Member of the International Statistical Institute-ISI (elected member, fellow, 1994),
• Associate President of the Scientific Programme Committee of the International Statistical Institute-ISI, Voorburg , the Netherlands,(1995-1997)
• Owner of Honours (Fellow of the American Scientific Research Society, Quatelette Medal of the International Statistical Institute-ISI, Turkish Government Overseas Scholarships)
• Editor of the Journal of the Turkish Statistical Association
• Associate Editor of Numerous International Scientific Journals in Statistics and Applied Mathematics
• Author of numerous scientific papers and chapters in high ranking and respectable statistical journals and books at the international level
• Author of a scientific book in statistics (by Chapman and Hall, U.S.A.)
• Member of Scientific and Organizational Commities of many international scientific meetings.

 

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Dr. Nicholas Harkiolakis

Dr. Harkiolakis holds a PhD degree in Computer Science from the University of Athens and has undergraduate and graduate degrees in Physics and Aerodynamics. In the past he served as an Associate Professor and Chair of the Computer Science Department of the University of LaVerne - Athens Campus where he developed the programs of Master's in Business Information Technology and the MBA - IT concentration, chairing both. Currently he is Professor of Information Technology, Chair of the Master's in Information Technology and Director/Coordinator of research at the Hellenic American University in Athens, Greece. Professionally he has 25 years experience in development and implementation of business information systems and he continues to consult in that area. His research interests extend to the areas of management information systems, optimization, bioinformatics, artificial intelligence, and simulation and modeling.

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Prof. Ellen Hazelkorn

Ellen Hazelkorn is a Director of the Dublin Institute of Technology (Ireland), Dean of the Faculty of Applied Arts, and Director of the Higher Education Policy Research Unit (HEPRU). She also works as a consultant to the OECD’s Programme on Institutional Management of Higher Education (IMHE), and is associated with the OECD Centre for Co-operation with Non-Members. She has worked with universities and university associations around the world, including New Zealand, Australia, the Netherlands and Belguim, and is regularly invited as a keynote speaker on issues of higher education policy and management, institutional diversity, research strategy, and rankings and global competition. She is on the Editorial Board of Higher Education Management and Policy (OECD). In addition, Ellen is an executive of the Dean and European Academic Network (DEAN), and Company Secretary and Board Member of the Contemporary Music Centre, Dublin. She leads a consortium of European academic, research and industrial institutions developing EU research programmes in intelligent digital content.

Ellen has published articles and books on Irish politics and society; digital technologies, gender, work practices and the cultural industries; relations between the media and the state; and higher education policy. Her study, Developing Research in New Institutions, was published by OECD (September, 2005). Ellen is currently leading an international research project on the impact and influence of league tables and ranking systems on higher education decision-making and government policy-making, and organising an international conference entitled Higher Education in the 21st Century – Diverse Missions for June 2007, both of which are in association with IMHE and the International Association of Universities (IAU).

 

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Prof. Rolf Heusser

BACKGROUND
Born 1958 in Zurich. Studied medicine at Zurich University. Post-graduate studies in public health, completed with a “MPH“ Degree at the University of California, Berkley. From 1988 head physician at the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine at Zurich University. 1992 - 2001 head of the „Interuniversity postgraduate education programme in public health of the universities of Zurich, Basle, Berne”. Member of the teaching commission of the faculty of medicine at Zurich University, member of  sub commissions “didactics” and “evaluation”. Since 1995 Lecturer at Zurich University, ETH Zurich, Universities of Basel and Bern.
WORK IN DOMAIN OF QUALITY ASSURANCE
Since August 2001 Director of the Center of Accreditation and Quality Assurance of the Swiss Universities (OAQ). Membership in ENQA, INQAAHE, Joint Quality Initiative. Initiator of the regional „DACH“-Network in accreditation, founding member of the European Consortium of Accreditation (ECA). Member of the scientific board of the German accreditation agency “AHPGS” and of the „Project Q of the Hochschulrektorenkonferenz (HRK; Germany)“. Cooperation agreement with ANECA. Head of the “Swiss University Quality Network”. Elected member of the national conference of universities of applied sciences in Switzerland. Member of further national and international commissions and committees related to research, teaching and quality assurance.
CURRENT INTERNATIONAL WORK IN THE FIELD OF QUALITY ASSURANCE
  • Establishment of a “code of good practice” for ECA and DACH members in close collaboration with ENQA, INQAAHE and EUA
  • Establishment of a common pool of experts for the D-A-CH countries on the basis of commonly agreed selection criteria
  • Member of ECA working group 1 on “mutual recognition”, working group 4 on “European Initiatives in Higher Education and Quality Assurance” and Chair of working group 5 on “New Development in Quality Assurance and Accreditation”
  • Initiator of an ENQA working group “quality audits”
  • Organisation of international conferences and workshops in the domain of quality assurance and accreditation
  • Cooperation with Quality Assurance networks of the Easter European, Asian and Latin American countries
  • ECA chairman since December 2004 and establishment of a Road Map towards mutual recognition of qualifications

 

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Mr. Stephen Jackson

Stephen is Director of Reviews at the Quality Assurance Agency with overall responsibility for the various review and audit activities that QAA carries out in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. These include applications from institutions for degree awarding powers and university title and the Access Courses Recognition Scheme – providing opportunities for adult students to gain entry to higher education. He is also involved with development of a number of new methods and initiatives. He is a Geographer by training and spent many years teaching at John Moores University in Liverpool. He also has interests in teaching and learning developments and trans-national education.

 

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Mr. Eduardo García Jiménez

Innovation Coordinator National Agency of Quality Assurance and Accreditation (ANECA)

EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS
  • 1987 --- University of Seville (Spain).

    Ph. D. in Education.

    Dissertation title: “Teacher’s thought about evaluation”.

  • 2005 --- Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Spain).

    Master in Quality Planning and Direction.

EMPLOYMENT RECORD
  • 1985 - 1987 --- Assistant Professor, UNED (Spain).
  • 1986 - 1987 --- Associate Professor, University of Granada (Spain).
  • 1987 - 2006 --- Professor, University of Seville (Spain).
TEACHING & RESEARCH ENHANCEMENT
  • Award in Research on Education (Spanish Ministry of Education). 
  • Diploma of Excellent Professor (Seville University).
ADMINISTRATIVE
  • 1993 - 1995 --- Coordinator of Evaluation Area.

                            Institute of Education. Seville University.     

  • 2004 y 2006 --- Head of Department. 

                            Department of Research Methodology & Assessment.

                            University of Seville.

EVALUATION INTERESTS
  • Quality Assurance in Higher Education.
  • Methodological Issues in Evaluation Procedures.
  • Evaluators’ Training.
  • Assurance & Advisory Policies for Agencies.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE IN EVALUATION
  • Expert in external evaluation: educational programme evaluation and institutional evaluation in Higher Education.
  • Advisor in Quality Assurance: Higher Education and Secondary School.
  • Evaluation trainer in Higher Education, ANECA and Spanish regional agencies.

 

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Dr. Panagiotis Karampelas

Dr. Karampelas holds a PhD in Electronics Engineering from the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK. He also holds a Master of Science from the Department of Informatics, Kapodistrian University of Athens and a Bachelor degree in Mathematics from the same University. His field of interest is Human-Computer Interaction and Internet Technologies and more specifically User Interface Design, Usability Evaluation as well as Digital Libraries and Web Development. He has worked for three and a half years as an associate researcher in the Foundation for Research & Technology-Hellas (FORTH), Institute of Computer Science and several years as a user interface designer and usability expert in several IT companies designing and implementing large-scale information systems. He has also participated in many European research projects and published a number of articles in his major areas of interests. Presently, he is an Assistant Professor of Information Technology at the Hellenic American University.

 

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Dr. Despina Konstas

Dr. Despina Konstas acquired her bachelor’s degree in psychology from New York University and is a graduate of Hofstra University’s doctoral program in Clinical/School Psychology.  She is recently licensed in New York State, and maintains a small private psychotherapy practice. Currently and for the past two years, she has also been a Staff Psychologist at Hofstra University Student Counseling Services and an adjunct professor at Hofstra University’s psychology department.  Dr. Konstas’ main area of research interests involves addictions and suicide prevention.

 

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Dr. George Koutoulas

Dr. Koutoulas holds a PhD in Economics from Concordia University, Canada. He was an Assistant Professor of Finance in the Faculty of Management at the University of Lethbridge, Canada, for ten years. Prior to that, he was a lecturer at Concordia University for five years where he taught in the Department of Economics and the Faculty of Commerce. He has published in reputable academic journals. His research interests are in asset pricing determination, valuation and financial market pricing integration. He has served as a financial adviser on the Board of Directors of Goldtex Resources, a precious metal exploration firm. Currently, he is the Coordinator of the MBA & PMBA programs and Director of Budget & Finance of the Hellenic American University in Athens, where he lectures in Economics and Finance courses.

 

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Prof. Athanasios Kyriazis

Athanasios Kyriazis is a Professor at the Department of Statistics and Insurance Science at the University of Piraeus. Since 2004 he is the Secretary for Higher Education at the Hellenic Ministry of National Education and Religious Affairs. He has been a member of the Bologna Follow-up Group since 2004, a member of the BFUG Board (2005-2006) and he also participates in the External Dimension Group. During his term at the Secretariat, a great number of reforms have been launched promoting the renovation of the Hellenic Higher Education System. Professor Kyriazis is also a visiting researcher at Universities and Research Centres in the USA, the UK and Italy, the writer of several books and scientific publications, and he has taken part in many conferences worldwide and in various research programmes. His fields of interest focus on Theoretical Mathematics, Technology in Education and Human Resource Development.

 

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Dr. Ioanna Laniti

Dr. Laniti received a B.A in Economics and Psychology at Keele University, UK and a M.A and Ph.D. in Clinical and School Psychology at Hofstra University, New York. Dr. Laniti is presently a full time Assistant Professor of the Hellenic American University. Prior to that and for the last three years she had been working as a clinical psychologist in different settings of the mental health system in the US. Her research interests and experience extend primarily to the areas of anxiety disorders and cross cultural psychology.

 

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Mr. Richard John Mannix

Richard Mannix is the Subject Leader in Marketing at EBSL. He has previously taught atinstitutions in both Japan and Sweden, teaching marketing and business communication skills. While at the Folkuniversitetet in Sweden he was in charge of developing and marketing new courses to corporate clients, securing contracts with a number of major listed companies and government agencies.

He holds a Bachelors Degree in European History and Politics from the University of East Anglia,a Master's Degree in Applied Linguistics from Essex University, a Master's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Hull, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing andis aDiploma qualified English language teacher. He is currently studying part-time for a PhD in marketing at the University of Strathclyde.

Richard's research interests include the development ofentrepreneurial networks, consumer behaviour and student profiling and progression in Higher Education.

 

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Prof. Hans-Ulrich Mittmann

STUDY
  • 1968 Diploma as certified physicist, Free University Berlin
GRADUATION
  • 1968 - 1971 "Elastic scattering of protons on rare gases and molecules", Hahn-Meitner-Institute, Berlin
CAREER
  • 1971 - 1973 Scientific assistant, Hahn-Meitner-Institute, Berlin
  • 1973 - 1976 Research project "Friction and wear behaviour of plastic metal couples", BAM
  • 1976 - 1979 Scientific work in the area "Isotope abundance measurement in uranium and plutonium samples by means of computer-aided mass spectrometers for solid matter and gases" for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) at BAM
  • 1979 Head of Division "Information and Public Relations", BAM
  • 1986 additionally: Head of Division "Knowledge and Know-How Transfer". BAM
  • 1987 - 2005 Head of Department "Interdisciplinary Scientific and Technological Operations", BAM
  • Since 2006 Head of Department "Accreditation, Quality in Testing", BAM
ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES
  • Since 1985 Expert in several countries, e.g. Brazil, Saudi Arabian, the Commonwealth of Independent States and EU accession countries
  • Since 1991 President of the German Accreditation Council (DAR) and representative in national and international organisations of accreditation, partly as chairman
  • 37 publications and 66 lectures

 

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Ms Jean Avnet Morse

Under the leadership of Jean Avnet Morse as its President, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education has initiated several programs to improve accreditation and higher education.  These include:

  • creating new accreditation standards that emphasize student learning and that address distance learning and other non-traditional types of teaching and learning

  • publishing books to help colleges to assess student learning and to incorporate information literacy into the curriculum

  • creating new accreditation standards and processes that allow institutions to focus in their self-study exclusively on areas of interest to them, and simplifying reporting and compliance processes

  • allowing institutions to choose to be reviewed simultaneously by their specialized and regional accreditors

  • exploring methods for improving international quality assurance of higher education, including initiating a pilot project for accreditation of foreign institutions

Prior to joining the Commission, Ms. Morse was deputy to the president at the University of Pennsylvania, where she also served as acting assistant provost and as deputy dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. She was associate dean for administration at the New York University School of Law.

Ms. Morse received her bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College, Phi Beta Kappa and with high honors in history, and her J.D. degree from Harvard Law School, also with honors.
ABOUT THE COMMISSION ON HIGHER EDUCATION AND THE ROLE OF THE PRESIDENT

The Commission on Higher Education is a regional voluntary membership organization that grants institutional accreditation to approximately 500 degree-granting institutions of higher education in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, the United States Virgin Islands, and several overseas locations.

Using methods of peer review adopted by the educational community, the Commission on Higher Education reviews all of the educational programs at an institution, as well as student services, financial condition, administrative effectiveness, and treatment of students, faculty, and staff, and areas of special importance or interest to an individual institution.  The purposes of the Commission on Higher Education are to evaluate institutions of higher education based on standards developed by the colleges and universities in its membership; to accredit those institutions that meet the standards for accreditation; to assist institutions to improve their programs and services; and to work closely with other organizations promoting educational improvement.

The President serves as chief liaison with member institutions and with state and national agencies related to the Commission’s mission; provides leadership in formulating and reviewing the Commission’s policies, programs and procedures; directs its training and research activities; and serves as representative for accreditation to federal and state governments and to the general public.

 

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Dr. Patricia M. O’Brien

Patricia M. O’Brien SND is Deputy Director of the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), the regional accrediting association for the six New England states.  NEASC accredits over 240 colleges and universities.  Dr. O’Brien’s responsibilities include recruiting and training evaluators; assigning evaluation teams; and working with campuses as they prepare for self-study and the site visit.

Prior to coming to NEASC, Dr. O’Brien worked for seven years at Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts, first as Director of Institutional Research and Assessment, and later as Associate Vice President for Planning and Assessment.  As Associate Vice President, she served as a member of the president’s cabinet and worked closely with the President and other senior officers to prepare academic planning documents for the college and with the Provost and faculty to assess student learning in general education, in the major, and in the co-curriculum. 

Dr. O’Brien has served on several statewide task forces of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, including those convened to study graduation rates and other measures of student success for the Massachusetts state and community colleges, to develop a performance measurement system for the Massachusetts state colleges, to revise the Board’s campus data collection system, and to choose instruments to assess students’ entry-level skills in reading, writing, and mathematics. 

Dr. O’Brien has presented at a number of conferences, including the American Educational Research Association, the New England Educational Assessment Network, the Association of Theological Schools, the American Association of Higher Education Assessment Forum, the Japan University Accreditation Association, and the Quality Promotion Seminar at the National University of Ireland in Maynooth.  She is a presenter at the HERS/Bryn Mawr Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration and served for seven years as co-coordinator of the Institute’s Academic Environment Unit.

Dr. O’Brien is a member of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur and has served on the governing boards of three institutions sponsored by the order (Trinity University in Washington, DC, Notre Dame Education Center in South Boston, Massachusetts, and Notre Dame Academy in Worcester, Massachusetts).  In addition, she is a member of the governing board for HERS and a member of the American Council on Education’s (ACE) Commission on Women in Higher Education.

Dr. O’Brien earned her baccalaureate degree in Psychology at Wellesley College and her graduate degrees in Education at Harvard University.  She has been an adjunct faculty member at Harvard University and at Emmanuel College in Boston.

 

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Mr. Daniel Obst

Daniel Obst is Director of Membership and Higher Education Services at the Institute of International Education (IIE) in New York. IIE is one of the leading not-for-profit organization in the field of international educational exchange and development training. IIE administers the Fulbright Program, sponsored by the United States Department of State, and 250 other corporate, government and privately sponsored programs.

Mr. Obst directs all the activities of the IIENetwork, the Institute's university membership association of 900 higher education institutions around the world, and oversees IIE's print and online publications. He is also managing editor of IIENetworker, IIE’s international education magazine, and recently co-wrote an IIE White Paper on Meeting America’s Global Education Challenge and edited Funding for United States Study: A Scholarship Guide for Europeans. Mr. Obst also designs and conducts seminars and study tours for international educators, administrators and other university leaders, and is a frequent presenter on international education topics.

Prior to joining the Institute in 2001, Mr. Obst was Director of Product Development at iAgora.com, a website for international students. Mr. Obst, who was born and raised in Germany, received his B.A. in International Relations from the George Washington University and holds a Master's degree in European Studies from the London School of Economics.

 

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Ms Laure Hélène Onidi

WORK EXPERIENCE

01 November 2006-01 December 2007

Projects Director at AEGEE-Europe (www.aegee.org)

  • Conceptualise Year Plan topics
  • Preparation and coordination of Flagship project
  • Work according to main Fields of Action: Active Citizenship, Cultural Exhanges, Higher education, Peace and Stability
  • Coordinate updating of Strategic Plan
  • Cooperation with Working Groups
  • Initiate and support new projects/events

01 of May 2007 - 01 December 2007

Vice President at AEGEE-Europe (www.aegee.org)

  • Lobbying towards institutions - especially in the fields of Education
  • Contact person towards external partners
  • Managing a team of 8 people when the president is away

01 July 2006 - 01 September 2006

intern in the Campaign Committee ECI at European Citizens’ Initiative (campaign alliance of over 100 NGOs) (www.citizens-initiative.eu)

  • Contact person for AEGEE
  • Contact with organisation from different countries to find partners
  • Developing PR campaign
  • Translating documents

01 October 2004 - 01 June 2005

French teacher assistant in high school at Karl-Schiller-Schule

  • Assisting the teacher during French courses
  • Elaborating interactive French courses
  • Participation to school trips
  • Organising projects with pupils
EDUCATION

01 September 2003 - 01 September 2004

Licence/Bachelor Langues Etrangères Appliquées at Fachhochschule Köln-Köln-Germany and Université de Toulouse le Mirail-Toulouse-France

  • English
  • German
  • Specialisation: International Law

Erasmus Student

TRAINING

01 of May 2004 - 08 of May 2004

European School 1 at AEGEE-Europe - Academy

  • Organisational skills
  • Public Relations campaign
  • Fund Raising interviews
  • Budgeting
  • Team Building
  • Presentation Skills

23 April 2006 - 01 of May 2006

Public Relation European School at AEGEE-Europe - Academy

  • Public Relation Campaign
  • Press Conferences
  • Leadership skills
  • Team building

01 October 2006 - 08 October 2006

Training for Trainers at European Youth for Understanding in collaboration with Youth Forum

  • Team Building
  • Non-Formal Education
  • Intercultural Learning
  • Training skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Self-analysis and criticism of own work
  • Organisation of Tranings

 

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Dr. Michael Ortiz

EDUCATION
  • Ph.D., early childhood special education, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • M.A., special education, University of New Mexico
  • B.U.S., English, secondary education and coaching, University of New Mexico
PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND
California State University
  • California State Polytechnic University, Pomona: President (2003- )
  • California State University, Fresno: Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs (1999-2003)
  • Interim (1997-99); Associate Provost (1996-97); Professor of Special Education
University of Southern Colorado
  • Interim Provost (1995-96)
  • Associate Provost (1993-95)
  • Dean of Continuing Education (1990-93)
  • Professor of Special Education
Appalachian State University
  • Director, Office of Extension Instruction and Professor of Language, Reading and Exceptionalities (1985-90);
  • Department Chair and Professor, Graduate Faculty (1983-85);
  • Interim Department Chair and Professor, Graduate Faculty (1982-83)
  • Professor, Graduate Faculty, Department of Special Education (1981-82)
  • Associate Professor (1976-81), Assistant Professor (1972-75)
PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP ACTIVITIES
  • AASCU Christa McAuliffe Presidential Selection Committee
  • AASCU Committee on Teacher Education
  • ACE Commission on Advancement of Racial and Ethnic Equity
  • Aspen Institute Commission on No Child Left Behind
  • BACCHUS and GAMMA Peer Education Network Board of Trustees
  • CCAA Presidents/Chancellors Group Board of Directors
  • CSU Agricultural Research Initiative Board of Governors, Vice Chair
  • CSU Presidents' Council on Underserved Constituencies
  • California Campus Compact, Executive Board of Directors
  • DoD/HSI Dept of Defense/Hispanic Serving Institution Task Force
  • North Central Association, Consultant Evaluator
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), Program Evaluator
  • USDA/HSI Collaborative Advisory Board
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP
  • American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)
  • American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education Board of Directors (AACTE)
  • American Association of University Administrators (AAUA)
  • National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges(NASULGC)
  • Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)
COMMUNITY SERVICE
  • Los Angeles County Fair Association: Member
  • Pasadena Bioscience Center: Board of Directors
  • Executive Advocacy Group Member, City of Pomona Youth and Family Master Plan
RECENT AWARDS
  • 2006 Inland Empire Hispanic Image "Influential Latino Award" for providing social and educational opportunities throughout the Hispanic community presented by Hispanic Lifestyle.
  • 2005 KCET "Local Hero Award" sponsored by Union Bank and KCET Public Broadcasting for outstanding contributions in education
  • 2005 Golden Hands Achievement Award for outstanding contributions to the community presented by the Boys and Girls Club of Pomona Valley
  • Voted one of Hispanic Business magazine's 100 Most Influential Hispanics for 2005
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

"The Educational Alliance of Pueblo" in A Collection of Papers on Self-Study and Institutional Improvement, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, Chicago, IL, 1995.

"Cultural Pluralism in the Delivery of Services to High Risk Minority Children," in An Ecological Model of Services to Inner City Minority Handicapped Infants, V. Weinstein (Ed.), Charles R. Drew Postgraduate Medical School Press, Los Angeles, CA 1982

With Lee S. Cross, Janet S. Mears, Marilyn J. Swem, Ralph D. Conn, "A Home-based Precision Teaching Model for Preschool Handicapped Children and Their Siblings in Rural Appalachia," University of South Carolina Press, 1981

With Ralph D. Conn, "I Can/Will Do It" (Early Education for Handicapped Children), Focus on Mainstreaming, Nov. 1977, #3

Dr. Ortiz has also made numerous presentations in a range of fields including professional development, academic assessment, learning styles, the educational use of technology, and teaching handicapped children. He has served as a special advisor to the President's Commission on Mental Retardation.

 

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Prof. Ivan Panaiotov

CAREER        
  • 1963 MSc in Chemistry, University of Sofia
  • 1964 Assistant Professor in Physical Chemistry, University of Sofia
  • 1973 PhD, University of Sofia
  • 1979 Associate Professor in Physical Chemistry, University of Sofia
  • 1979- Head of the Laboratory of Biophysical Chemistry, University of Sofia
  • 1982, 1986 Invited Professor in the University of Marseilles, France
  • 1987- DSc, University of Sofia
  • 1989- Professor in Physical Chemistry, University of Sofia
  • 1993-1996 Invited Professor in the University of Angers, France
ELECTIVE OFFICES
  • 1979- Member of the Council of the Faculty of Chemistry
  • 1982- Member of the Council of the Institute of Biophysics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
  • 1987-1990 Vice-Dean of the Center of Biotechnology, University of Sofia
  • 1999- Member of the Academic Council of the University of Sofia
  • 1999-2003 Dean of the Faculty of Chemistry, University of Sofia
  • 2004 President of the National Agency of Evaluation and Accreditation
INTERNATIONAL OFFICES
  • 1975- Member of the Chemical Society of  France

PUBLICATION: Author and co-author of more than 130 publications.

CITATIONS: Over 700.

Area of interest: Physical chemistry of interfaces (dynamic phenomena; surface rheology; reactions at interface; biological implications). Keywords: interface; surface rheology, photochemical and enzymatic reactions.
SELECTED 6 RECENT PUBLICATIONS
  • Interfacial and temporal organization of enzymatic lipolysis, I. Panaiotov, M. Ivanova, R. Verger ,Current Opinion in  Colloid & Interface Sci. Vol. 2 (5) (1997) 517.
  • Structure, morphology and degradation of poly ((a-hydroxy acid) microspheres in relation with monolayer, J.E. Proust, F. Boury, P. Saulnier, J.P. Benoit, I.Panaiotov, Tz. Ivanova, Current Topic in Coll. & Int. Sci., Vol.1 (1997) 195.
  • Monolayer techniques for studying lipase kinetics , S. Ransac, M. Ivanova, R. Verger, I. Panaiotov -  “ Methods in Enzymology”, vol. 286 (1997) 263.
  • Role of the molecular weight and the composition on the hydrolysis kinetics of monolayers of poly(a-hydroxy acid)s, Tz. Ivanova, N. Grozev, I. Panaiotov, J.E.Proust, Coloid & Polymer, Sci., 277 (1999) 709.
  • Enzymatic Reactions at Interfaces: Interfacial and temporal organization of Enzymatic Lipolysis, I. Panaiotov and R. Verger, in “Physical Chemistry of biological Interfaces” ed by A. Baszkin and W. Norde, Marcel Dekker, inc, New York  (2000) 
  • Introduction in Biophysical Chemistry (in bulgarian) –  first edition - Nauka i Izkustwo (1982);  second edition -   University of Sofia  (2000)

 

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Prof. John Panaretos

John Panaretos was born in Kythera, Greece in 1948. He is a Professor of Probability and Statistics (since 1991) in the Department of Statistics of the Athens University of Economics and Business. Currently, he is a visiting scholar at the Department of Statistics, University of California, Berkeley.

John is the Director of the Institute of Statistical Documentation Research and Analysis (since 1996), member of the Scientific Council of the Greek Parliament (since 1987), and member of the governing board of the Institute of Strategic and Development Studies (ISTAME) - Andreas Papandreou (since 2004).

Before joining the Athens University of Economics and Business he taught at The University of Patras (Greece), School of Engineering, Division of Applied Mathematics (as a Professor (1987-1991) and as an Associate Professor (1984-1987)), The University of Crete (Greece), Department of Mathematics, (as an Associate Professor (1983-1986)), The University of Iowa (USA), Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science, (as an Associate Professor (1982-1983)), The University of Missouri-Columbia (USA), Department of Statistics, (as an Assistant Professor (1980-1982)), The University of Dublin, Trinity College (Ireland), Department of Statistics, (as a Lecturer (1979-1980)) and the University of Piraeus (Greece), as a Lecturer (1978-1979).

John, received his first Degree in Mathematics from the University of Athens, Greece (1972), his M.Sc. in Probability and Statistics from the University of Sheffield, UK (1974), and his Ph.D. in Statistics from the University of Bradford, UK (1977).

He was Chairman of the Department of Statistics (1993-1996 and 2000-2002), member of the Research Committee of the University (1993-1996, 1999-2002 (Vice-Chairman), and Director of the Graduate Program (1998-2002). At the University of Patras, he served as Vice Rector for Academic Affairs, as Chairman of the Research Committee, as Associate Dean of the Engineering School and as Chairman of the Division of Mathematics of the School.

John was Vice President of the European Network of the National Councils of Education and member of the Scientific Council of the Greek Parliament, since 1987. He was also Chairman of the National Council of Education of Greece (1996-2000) and Secretary General of the Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs in Greece (1988-1989 and 1995-1996).

Some of his education-related activities are: Member of the Education Committee of the OECD (1994-1997). Member of the Governing Board of CERI (Center of Educational Research and Innovation of the OECD) (1994-1997). National Co-coordinator of the European Center for Higher Education (CEPES), of UNESCO (1994-1997). National Representative of Greece in the European Commission for the Association between Academic and Professional Recognition in the European Union (1994-1995). President of the National Committee, Pilot Project of the European Union for the Evaluation of European Universities, (1994-1995). Member of the Committee of the European Commission for the Evaluation of Higher Education Institutions in the EU (1995). National Co-coordinator of the OECD’s review of the Greek Educational System (1995). Head of the Greek Delegation, OECD Ministers of Education meeting, Paris, January 1996. Head of the Greek Delegation, Council of Labour and Education Mini¬sters of the E.E.C. Brussels, December 1988. (Final deci¬sion of COMETT II). Head of the Greek Delegation, Council of Ministers of Educa¬tion of the E.E.C. Brussels, May 1989. (Decision on the LIN¬GUA program). Head of the Greek Delegation, 25th Meeting of Ministers of Education and Culture of UNESCO countries (1988). (Elected Vice President of the meeting). Chairman of the Examination Committee of the National Examinations for entrance to Universities and other Higher Education Institutions in Greece. (1988, 1989, 1995, 1996). Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government. Selected to attend the program Leadership for the 21st Century. Chaos, Conflict and Courage. March 24-29, 1996.
He has published more than 40 papers in International Scientific Journals, was an invited speaker in many scientific meetings, and served as Associate Editor of Communications in Statistics (A), Theory and Methods.

Prof. Dimitrios Raptopoulos

Dimitris Raptopoulos is Professor of Veterinary Anaesthesiology at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.

He received his veterinary degree and PhD from the same Faculty in 1969 and 1976, respectively. For about 3.5 years he did postgraduate studies and postdoctoral research in Bristol, England, where he obtained the Diploma in Veterinary Anaesthesia (DVA) of the RCVS.

In 1985 he spent 6 months as Visiting Assistant Professor of Anaesthesiology at the Veterinary School of the University of Florida, USA.

In 1995 he was nominated de facto Diplomate (Invited Specialist) and member of the Interim Board of the European College of Veterinary Anaesthesia (ECVA), of which he was Honorary Secretary from 1995 to 2002 and President from 2002 to 2005. He is currently Past President and Chairman of the Credentials and Education Committee of the same College, and President of the Council for the World Congress of Veterinary Anaesthesiology. From 2000 to 2002 he was President of the Association of Veterinary Anaesthetists in Europe.

He is Head of the Unit of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine of the Companion Animal Clinic, Department of Clinical Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He has published more than 130 papers in Greek and International Scientific Journals as well as in the Proceedings of various congresses.

Since 2003 he is a member of the Senate of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and representative of the Faculty at the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE). He has been actively involved, as chairman of the Curriculum Committee, in the development of the new curriculum of the Faculty.

 

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Prof. Sezai Rokaj

EDUCATION
  • 1979-1984 --- University studies in France. “Maitrise”. Evaluation “Très Bien”.
  • 1988-1990 --- Post graduated studies in France. The title”Diplome d’études approfondies”. Evaluation “Très bien”.
  • 1993 ---------- Doctor
  • 1994 ---------- Associate professor
  • 2001 ---------- Professor Doctor
THE ADMINISTRATIVE AND DIDACTIC EXPERIENCE
  • 1984-1996 --- The History of the linguistic course
  • 1990 --------- General linguistic course
  • 1986 --------- Post graduated course of the general linguistic
  • 1993-1999 --- Vice dean of the Faculty of History Philology
  • 1996-1999 --- Lector of the Albanian language in the Cozens University
  • 2001 --------- Chief of the linguistic department
SCIENTIFIC EXPERIENCE, BOOKS AND PUBLICATIONS
  • 1994 --------- The classic structuralism in linguistic (book)
  • 2000 --------- Introduction in general linguistic (book)
  • 1992 --------- The Albanian linguistic and the structuralism, Mag. St. Fil
  • 1990 --------- Some problems in the field of translation and the teaching, Rev. St. Ped. No2
  • 1996 --------- A propos des catalisateurs du méssage, Quaderni di Ling, Università della Calabria, no.15  
  • 1998 --------- Strategia del causativo in albanese (S. Rokaj, G. Turano) in Studi di linguistica teorica e applicata, Pacini Editore, no. 3, Pisa.
  • 2000 --------- A proposito del sintagma nominale in albanese. Il caso di un definito seguito da un DP, (G. Turano, S. Rokaj). Riv. Lingua e stile, Mulino, no. 1, Bologna
  • 2001 --------- The standard Albanian: affairs of its future, st. Alb, no. 2
CONGRESS, CONFERENCES, NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL SEMINARS
  • 1989 --------- Le concept de la parole, Sorbone, France.
  • 1990 --------- Les formes objectives et subjectives des pronoms personnels en albanais, IPHLG, France.
  • 1994 --------- La situation des langues en Albanie et l’avenir des langues d’Europe, GENVAL, 6-7 mai, Bruxelles.
  • 1997 --------- La crisi nei paesi balkanici: la crisi albanese: Fondazione Guarisci.
  • 1998 --------- Giuseppe Gangale, un pensiero pluridimensionale, 18 gusht, Caraffa, Italy.
  • 1990 --------- Lo standart arbëresh: tra Manastir, Gangale ed altri pensieri, (J. Trumper, S. Rokaj), Giuseppe gangale, 900 Europa 17-18 september, Crotone, Italy.
  • 2002 --------- Complessita della cultura albanese e arbëreshe, sem int. Studi alb. Maggio, Palermo.    
  • 2003 --------- The principles of the compilation of terminological multilingistic Dictionary (Gjirokaster, April 2003)
  • 2004 --------- The first was the word, June 2004.
OTHER PUBLICATIONS
  • More than 50 publications in magazines for the language, teaching and the university reform.
  • Translation from Italian Storia di una gabbianella...
  • The text language and Literature, 10 2004
  • Working for the publication on collaboration with G. M. G. Belluscio, The Dictionary of the linguistics terms in 4 languages.
FOREIGN LANGUAGES
  • French – very good (writing, oral)
  • Italian – good (writing, oral)
  • English – good (writing, oral)

 

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Prof. Ioannis Thanopoulos

PRESENT POSITIONS:
  • University of Piraeus, Department of Business Administration (5/2000 to present), Professor of International Business
  • President, John Thanopoulos and Associates, Inc. (8/1994 to present)
PAST POSITIONS:
  • University of Arkansas: Visiting Lecturer (summer in Greece program) 1999, 2000, 2004, 2005, 2006; Instructor in Economics and Marketing, 1978-1982.
  • The University of Akron: Senior Lecturer (summer in Greece program) 2005, 2006. Professor of Marketing and International Business (5/1996 - 5/2000); Professor and International Business Programs, Director (1/1983-4/1996). 
  • American College of Greece, Academic Dean and Professor III, 1998-1999.
  • VOKTAS, Inc., Athens, Greece, Assistant to the CEO (1973-1975); Sales and Marketing Manager, (1976-1978). 
EDUCATION AND TRAINING:
  • Doctoral Degree: Doctor of Philosophy, 1983, University of Arkansas, U.S.A.
  • Master's Degree: Masters of Science, 1973, The City University, London, U.K.
  • Bachelors Degree: Bachelor of Arts, 1971, The Athens Graduate School of Economics and Business Sciences, Athens, Greece.
  • Professional Training: More than sixty (60) separate training events from post doctoral in international business research to ERP.
OTHER:
  • Active consulting and project development and administration.
  • Four (4) professional recognitions, including “Distinguished Sales and Marketing Executives Award” Sales and Marketing Executives of Akron, Inc., (1994).
  • By the age of 26, more than $35 million sales.
  • Ten (10), editorships and supplements including four books in Greek: Global Business: Environment, Structure, Challenges (2006, exists also in English, 2007), Shipmanagement Theory and Entrepreneurship in an Era of Quality (Co-authored, 2005), Business Ethics (2003) and Doing Business In Our Global Village (2002), Interbooks, Athens, Greece.
  • More than eighty (80) journal articles, proceedings articles, case studies and book chapters.
  • More than seventy (70) presentations and speeches.
  • Editorial duties in more than thirty (30) occasions.
Six (6) active memberships in professional associations.
  • Various social projects, including founding member and chair of the executive committee of the Greater Akron Export Association.
  • Interests in boating, swimming, reading, traveling.

 

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Dr. Christian Thune

Christian Thune was for a number of years Professor in International Politics at the University Copenhagen, and he was Dean of the Faculty of Economics, Law and Political Science when in 1989 he was appointed by the Danish government Director of the new Centre for Quality Assurance and Evaluation of Higher Education.

During the period of 1992-99 the Centre evaluated all higher education programmes in Denmark. In 1999 Christian Thune was appointed executive director of the new Danish Evaluation Institute that was established by the government with the mandate systematically to evaluate all levels and sectors of Danish education. He retired from this position by the end of 2006.

In May 2007 the Danish government appointed him a member of the new Accreditation Council for Higher Education.

From 2000-2005 Christian Thune was president of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA). From 2004-2005 he chaired the Nordic Quality Assurance Network in Higher Education (NOQA). He was member 1997-99 of the board of directors of the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE).

He was a member 1994-2003 of the Hong Kong Council of Academic Accreditation and 2002-2007 a member of the Quality Assessment Commission of the Catalan Quality Assurance Agency (AQU), Since 2001 he has been a member of the International Commission of the US Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and from 2005 of  the quality board of the Evaluation and Accreditation Organisation of Lower Saxony, Germany (ZEvA).

From November 2005 till December 2006 Christian Thune chaired the ENQA appointed panel reviewing the Portuguese external quality assurance system for higher education and recommending a new system.

 

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Dr. Pal Veres

EDUCATION
  • University degree in teaching of economics (Karl Marx University of Economics, 1974.)
  • Doctoral studies at the Karl Marx University of Economics (1980)
  • Several special courses in economics, business and higher education
  • One semester study in University of Hamburg in economics (1990)
  • Several language courses in the United Kingdom and in Germany
WORK EXPERIENCE
  • 1985 - Head of Department of Higher Education, Hungarian Ministry of Education and Culture

    Responsible for

    • Business education
    • Life long learning, adult education
    • Higher vocational education
    • University-business partnership
    • EU-related tasks
  • 1974 - assistant professor, Corvinus University of Budapest (former Karl Marx University of Budapest
    • Education: comparative institutional economics
    • Research: institutional analysis of higher education
MEMBERSHIP
  • Hungarian Assosiation of Economists
  • German Gesellschaft für Wirtschafts und Social Wissenschaften
  • Accreditaton Body for Adult Education
PUBLICATIONS
  • more than 30, mainly relating to higher education and business partnership, to higher vocational education and life long learning


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Dr. Antony Vickers

Anthony Vickers studied Physics for his 1st cycle degree obtaining a 1st class Honours degree from Lancaster University. He then spent three years working on his doctoral research and was awarded his Doctorate in 1984 in the area of Structural Analysis of Langmuir Blodgett films. After a period working as a research associate he was appointed to a lectureship in Physics at the University of Essex in 1985. He is currently a Reader in the Department of Electronic Systems Engineering and the Head of Department. Alongside his work as an academic teacher and researcher he has been very active in the development of the Bologna Process. He is currently one of the UK Bologna Experts and an ECTS/DS Counsellor. He has been involved in training for the development of learning outcomes and has developed a range of learning outcomes within the engineering subject area. He has been involved in quality assurance both within his University and through his activities as a Bologna Expert. Dr Vickers believes in light touch quality assurance and well managed quality assurance bodies. Quality is the key to Higher Education Institutions; well designed quality assurance builds confidence and belief in the quality.


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Dr. Don Westerheijden

Don F. Westerheijden (born 1959) graduated from the Faculty of Public Administration and Public Policy at the University of Twente in 1984 and subsequently completed his dissertation there, on political and bureaucratic decision-making, in 1988. Since then he has worked as senior research associate at the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS) of that university, where he co-ordinates research related to Quality Management and he is involved in the co-ordination of Ph.D. projects. He has edited and contributed to books on quality assessment in higher education, and produced a number of articles on the topic. In addition, he is a member of the editorial boards of two journals related to quality in higher education. His research interests include: (a) institutional and systematic impacts of internal and external evaluation of quality, amongst other things focusing on the Bologna process, and on design and impacts of student information systems (‘rankings’); (b) governance models for higher education systems; (c)transformation of higher education in Central and Eastern Europe.

He was co-designer of the CRE/EUA Institutional Evaluation Programme and member of its Steering Group (1994-2005), and in this frame took part in about a dozen university evaluations (1994-2007). He chaired the team that evaluated the first round of the Hong Kong University Grants Council’s Teaching and Learning Quality Process Review (TLQPR; 1999) and took part in the second round of the TLQPR (2001-2003). In numerous projects in Central and Eastern Europe as well as in Vietnam and Mozambique he acted as expert on design of quality assurance schemes at institutional and national levels continuously from 1992-2007.

SOME PUBLICATIONS
  • Cremonini, L., Westerheijden, D. F., & Enders, J. (forthcoming 2007). Disseminating the Right Information to the Right Audience: Cultural Determinants in the Use (and Misuse) of Rankings. Higher Education.
  • Westerheijden, D. F., Stensaker, B., & Rosa, M. J. (Eds.). (forthcoming June 2007). Quality Assurance in Higher Education: Trends in Regulation, Translation and Transformation. Dordrecht etc.: Springer.
  • Enders, J., File, J., Huisman, J., & Westerheijden, D. F. (Eds.). (2005). The European Higher Education and Research Landscape 2020: Scenarios and Strategic Debates. Enschede: CHEPS, University of Twente.
  • Schwarz, S., & Westerheijden, D. F. (Eds.). (2004). Accreditation and Evaluation in the European Higher Education Area. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers.
  • Westerheijden, D. F., & Leegwater, M. (Eds.). (2003). Working on the European Dimension of Quality: Report of the conference on quality assurance in higher education as part of the Bologna process, Amsterdam, 12-13 March 2002. Zoetermeer: Ministerie van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschappen.
  • Westerheijden, D. F. (2003). Accreditation in Western Europe: Adequate Reactions to Bologna Declaration and the General Agreement on Trade in Services? Journal of Studies in International Education, 7(3), 277-302.
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Prof. Peter Williams

Peter Williams is a graduate in English from the University of Exeter. Following a brief spell as a management trainee with the British Printing Corporation, and three years in the Registry of the University of Surrey, he moved in 1974 to the University of Leicester, where he was in charge of the Higher Degrees Office. In 1978 he was promoted to Assistant Registrar in the Medical School, becoming Secretary of the School in 1982. In 1984 he was appointed Deputy Secretary of the British Academy. In 1990 Peter was appointed as the first (and only) Director of the CVCP Academic Audit Unit (AAU), and between 1992 and 1997 was the Director of the Quality Assurance Group of the Higher Education Quality Council (HEQC), which took over the responsibilities of the AAU. In August 1997 Peter became the Director of Institutional Review in the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), which was formed by a merger of HEQC and the quality assessment divisions of the UK’s higher education funding councils.  In August 2001 he additionally took on the role of Acting Chief Executive. In March 2002 he was appointed Chief Executive. 

In addition to his work in the UK, Peter has lectured and made presentations in many other countries and has participated in a number of international quality assurance projects in Argentina, Australia, Azerbaijan, India, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Sweden and the USA. In September 2005 he was elected President of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) and represents ENQA on the Bologna Follow-Up Group (BFUG). He was re-elected as President of ENQA in September 2006.

 

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Prof. Achilleas Zapranis

Achilleas D. Zapranis is an Assistant Professor of Finance, at the University of Macedonia of Economic and Social Sciences. A regular speaker at international conferences, he holds a PhD in Decision Science from London Business School (1997), a Master’s degree in Computer Science from University College London (1992) and a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Aristotelian University, Thessaloniki (1989). He has been a member of the visiting faculty at the Graduate Programme in Decision Sciences (Specialisation in Financial Engineering) and the Financial Engineering Research Centre (FRC) at the Athens University of Economics and Business, during the period 1999-2000. He is also co-director of the Executive MSc in Accounting and Financial Management, a MSc Degree partnership between the Lancaster University Management School, Dept. of Accounting and Finance, UK and the University of Macedonia of Economic and Social Sciences, Dept. of Accounting and Finance.

A prolific writer, he has published several research papers in leading scientific journals. He has also authored two monographs on the subject of neural modelling in financial/business applications (Klidarithmos 2005, Springer-Verlag in 1999 – the latter was co-authored with professor A. Refenes). His classes include undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Macedonia and during the period 1999-2000 at the Athens University of Business and Economics, while his teaching subjects include computational finance, derivatives, financial engineering and risk management, etc.

So far he has consulted several leading financial institutions e.g., Atos (Paris), Rockport (London), Hermes Investmenet Management (London), etc on using neural network systems together with traditional approaches in the context of financial risk management. He has quite extensive hands-on experience in the Stock Market, having served as a General Director and member of the Board of Directors in one of the leading brokerage firms of northern Greece. Currently he is member of the Board of Directors of Thessaloniki’s Innovation Zone.

 

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