Accreditation Practices of Joint Programmes Around EJMSBM


Dr. Norma Ryan

Higher Education Consultant


A recognized European quality assurance expert with thirty five years higher education experience working at institutional, national and European levels, Dr. Ryan is a graduate of University College Cork in Ireland (also known as National University of Ireland Cork). She has a BSc and PhD in Biochemistry.

Dr. Ryan is a higher education consultant, and Emeritus Director of the Quality Promotion Unit, UCC. Dr. Ryan has been instrumental in the design, delivery and management of national quality assurance systems for the higher education sector in Ireland and other European countries, is a former Bologna Expert appointed by the European Commission and a member of the ENQA Pool of Experts.

Dr Ryan has considerable experience of senior institutional management over 20 years, and over 30 years’ experience of examining and of interacting with students and staff in UCC and other institutions.

Dr. Ryan has a wide experience of working with international organisations on strategic higher education issues, in particular focusing on quality assurance and enhancement strategies in higher education in c. 50 countries and with international organisations in a range of settings.


Nora Skaburskienė

Nora Skaburskienė has worked in the field of quality assurance since 2001. She became the Head of Institutional Review Division in 2009 and served as the Acting Director of the Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education in Lithuania since 2013. In 2017 was elected as SKVC Director.

Currently, she is a board member of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) and the Network of Central and Eastern European Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (CEENQA). She is also involved in the working group of the ENQA on the quality assurance of e-learning; is acting as a member of national Bologna follow-up group.

Skaburskienė has extensive experience in coordinating study programme assessments, also managing the work of Division. Contributed to drafting various legal acts and methodologies. Has wide-ranging experience of participating in local and international projects, tasks varying from research activities, training, to leading the Project teams. For two years acted as national representative from Lithuania in EC 7FP “People” Committee.

Skaburskienė is a graduate of Vilnius University (Lithuania) in the field of Communication and Information Sciences.




Prof. Dr. Andrejs Rauhvargers

Prof. Rauhvargers was born in 1952 in Riga, Latvia. He has a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Latvia and post-doctoral fellowship in Jyväskylä University, Finland.

Since 2015 Dr. Andrejs Rauhvargers is the head of the Head of the Quality Assurance Agency of Latvia.

Before moving to the Quality Agency, Prof. Rauhvargers was Secretary General of the Latvian Rectors’ Conference and Professor at the University of Latvia. Prof. Rauhvargers has also served as the Deputy State Secretary at the Ministry of Education participating in development of the legislation for higher education. He was closely involved in the establishment of system for higher education quality assurance in Latvia and coordination of this work with the neighboring countries Estonia and Lithuania as well as in establishing systems for recognition of foreign credentials Latvia.

International activities. For 6 years Prof. Rauhvargers was Senior Advisor at the European University Association. He is a member of the Bologna follow-Up Group and since 2005 he has chaired the working group studying progress in the ‘Bologna’ countries and preparing the Bologna Stocktaking reports published between 2005 and 2015.

He also has international experience in the field of recognition of foreign qualifications: from 1997 he has served as president of the European Network of Academic Recognition Centres (ENIC) and from 2001- of the Intergovernmental Committee of the Lisbon Recognition Convention. He has written a number of publications in the field of recognition and various Bologna Process aspects.

Dr. Rauhvargers has also been co-editor of several volumes of the Council of Europe Higher Education series.

Since the very beginning of the Bologna process in 1999, he has worked to help ensure that the European Higher Education Area will be a reality, particularly in the fields of joint degrees, qualifications frameworks and recognition of qualifications.





Dr. Mark Frederiks

Dr. Frederiks is coordinator international policy and member of Team Flanders of NVAO, the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders. Since 2004 he is also Coordinator of the European Consortium for Accreditation in Higher Education (ECA). For 5 years he was Administrator of the world-wide network of QA agencies INQAAHE. He was a member of the Bologna Expert Group that prepared the European Approach for QA of Joint Programmes which was adopted by the EHEA Ministers in Yerevan. Mark coordinated four EU funded projects and was an expert in QA reviews in Austria, Germany, Ireland, Slovenia and Sweden. He coordinated the verification of the alignment of the Dutch and Flemish NQFs with the EHEA QF, participated as an expert in the NQF verification committee in Portugal, and advised on the NQF in Georgia.

Before joining NVAO, he worked with the Netherlands Association of Universities of Applied Sciences, and was a researcher with CHEPS/University of Twente and Open University UK. He is (co-) author of some forty publications in the field of quality assurance in higher education.


Sandra Marcos Ortega


Head of International Affairs and Institutional Quality at ACSUCYL (Quality Assurance Agency for the University System in Castilla y León) Spain.


Master’s Degree in Information Systems Management and Bachelor’s Degree in Information Management.

Twelve years of experience in management and design of internal and external quality assurance processes in Higher Education in both national and international spheres.

Management and development of international projects in cooperation with quality assurance agencies in the European area and beyond.

Since 2015, Chair of the IQA-ENQA Group (Standing Committee of ENQA). I have been also member during 3 years of the IQA Group of ENQA and of the KP3 (Knowledge on part 3 of the ESG).

Participation in the ACSUCYL´s Advisory Board 2007-2015.

Management of the design, development and follow-up of the Strategic Plans.

Design, implementation and development of the Management Quality System in ACSUCYL accordingly ISO Standard 9001 and carry out audits of the Management Quality Systems in Quality Assurance Agencies for Higher Education.

Assessment and accreditation of university degree programmes. Management of more than 400 assessments in the last two years and development of audits to Universities. Development of guides and procedure manuals for Higher Education Institutions.

From 2002-2005, Executive Director at Expografic (Consulting Company). Director of the branch in the city of Valladolid.


Lagle Zobel


Lagle Zobel is the lawyer of the Estonian Quality Agency for Higher and Vocational Education (EKKA) since 2010.

She is responsible for drawing up draft decisions for the EKKA Quality Assessment Council and ensuring the compliance of EKKA’s assessment regulations with national legislation and regulations on the assessment of higher education. She cooperates with lawyers of the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research in amending legislation and gives legal advice to educational institutions and experts in issues relating to external evaluation.

In 2015, she accompanied the assessment panel as an observer on a study visit of the  Netherlands Defence Academy during the accreditation process of the European Joint Master‘s in Strategic Border Management, opened in cooperation with Frontex. Subsequently, she made proposals to the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research for amending legislation concerning joint study programmes.

Since 2014, she has been actively involved as a short-time expert in the legal component of several EU Twinning projects in Armenia and Azerbaijan. In 2015, she participated in the development and implementation of accreditation of the Master of Law study programs in the Republic of Moldova.

Zobel holds a Master’s Degree in Law from the University of Tartu, Estonia.