Two Years After Yerevan: Progress so Far




Dr. Luis Delgado Martinez

Internationalization of Higher Education Spanish Service for the Internationalization of Education SEPIE, Adviser


Dr. Luis Delgado Martinez has a Ph.D. in Physics (Universidad Complutense de Madrid). He has a long experience working in Higher Education, Research and Innovation for more than 30 years as: Materials’ Researcher (CIEMAT, Spain), Director of Technological Centre (Madrid Institute of Technology) and Public Research Organization (IGME) and on policy making at national and international level. He has been Deputy Director General of International Organisms and Programmes (Ministry of Education and Science 2002 – 2007), Deputy Director General of Modernization and Internationalization of Universities (Ministry of Education 2009 – 2011) and Executive Advisor at the General Secretariat of Universities (Ministry of Education 2009 – 2011). From September 2007 – July 2009, he worked on the Modernisation Agenda for European Universities at DG Research, European Commission. He has represented Spain in in different international Research and Higher Education committees, programmes and organisms: CREST, COST, BFUG, OECD – IMHE, Council of Europe; European Commission, the European University Institute, etc. He is author of more than 150 articles, conferences, speeches and invited papers in Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation related publications, seminars and conferences and gives lectures in different Master’s Degree Programmes in Spanish universities.



Tia Loukkola


Tia Loukkola is Director of Institutional Development at European University Association (EUA). In this capacity she has overall responsibility for the Association’s activities that aim to support EUA’s member universities in developing their institutional capacity in quality assurance, doctoral education and learning & teaching. In the field of quality assurance this includes the management of EUA’s Institutional Evaluation Programme, the European Quality Assurance Forum and various projects run by the association as well as representing EUA at European level policy discussion, recently in the revision of the European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG). Tia is a regular speaker in higher education conferences in Europe and beyond and has authored several publications and articles in her field of expertise.

Before joining EUA in April 2008 she worked at the University of Turku in Finland for ten years in various capacities both in faculty and central administration. She holds a Master’s Degree in French language and culture from the same university.


Johan Cloet

Johan Cloet was the Secretary General of EURASHE till 2016, which he represented in the Bologna Follow-Up Group (BFUG) and several of its working groups, such as on ‘Structural Reforms’ and ‘Reporting on the Implementation of the Bologna Process’. He still is the representative of EURASHE in the E4-Group (with ENQA, ESU and EUA).

He is active as an expert in capacity building in Higher Education Institutions.

Johan Cloet is the former General Director of Lessius University College/Vice-General Director of Thomas More University College in Antwerp, Belgium (2008-2012). He has been involved in the activities of the Flemish Council of University Colleges (VLHORA – member of EURASHE) as member of its steering board, and president of the steering group of educational policy. In 2013, Johan Cloet is a former ministerial advisor to the government of the Brussels Region. His field of study is psychology.



Dr. Achim Hopbach


Dr. Achim Hopbach has been working in higher education since 1997. Before taking his current post as Managing Director of the Austrian Quality Assurance Agency (AQ Austria) in 2012, he was the Managing Director of the German Accreditation Council for 7 years.

Dr. Achim Hopbach held and holds various positions in quality assurance agencies and associations, such as President of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) from 2009 to 2013; member of the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ) from 2005 to 2013; member of the University Quality International Board (UQAIB), Dubai, since 2015; member of the Board of the Agency for the Evaluation and Promotion of Quality in Ecclesiastical Faculties (AVEPRO), Holy See, since 2016.

He works on international consultancy projects, among others in Southeast Asia and Africa and published numerous articles on the Bologna Process, quality assurance and qualifications frameworks.

Dr. Hopbach holds a Master’s in History, Political Science and Law (University of Heidelberg, Germany) and a PhD in History (University of Heidelberg, Germany).



Colin Tück


Tück is the Director of the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR). He has been working for EQAR since October 2007, initially as Project Manager on behalf of its founding members (ENQA, ESU, EUA and EURASHE).

He was a member of the Steering Group for the revision of the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG), and is a co-author of the European Approach for Quality Assurance of Joint Programmes.

Prior to joining EQAR he was involved in quality assurance-related topics as a member of the European Students’ Union’s (ESU, formerly ESIB) Bologna Process Committee and of the Executive Board of the National Union of Students in Germany (fzs).




Adam Gajek

Gajek is a member of the European Students’ Union’s Executive Committee 2016/2017. His main focus lies in the area of quality of higher education, with an emphasis given to quality assurance and prior learning recognition. He is a member of the ESU Quality Assurance Student Experts’ Pool and a student expert of the Polish Accreditation Committee. He has been engaged in the student movement for many years, formerly served as an International Officer of the Students’ Parliament of the Republic of Poland (PSRP), and a head of the Audit Committee of the Students’ Union of the University of Warsaw.

Adam is currently a student of management at the Warsaw School of Economics and has a previous academic background in political science and economics.



Allan Bruun Pedersen


Pedersen is senior adviser in the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science, the Danish ENIC-NARIC Office

He is an experienced recognition expert and elected Vice-President of the Lisbon Recognition Convention Bureau. He was previously elected President and Vice-President of the ENIC network, the recognition network of Council of Europe and UNESCO.

He is currently member of two BFUG working groups, one on implementation of structural reforms dealing with recognition, qualifications frameworks, quality assurance and transparency tools and the other on the revision of the Diploma Supplement.

He was also previously member of several BFUG working groups and of the pathfinder group on automatic recognition.

He has been invited as expert on recognition in numerous conferences within Europe and outside and as consultant on recognition projects in Georgia, Germany and other countries.

He is also in charge of the National Contact Point for the Danish Qualification Framework for Lifelong Learning.

He holds a Master Degree in History and Eastern and Central European Studies from Copenhagen and Roskilde University.



Dr. Jürgen Petersen


 Jürgen Petersen has joined ZEvA (Central Evaluation and Accreditation Agency Hanover) in 2011 and currently heads ZEvA’s division of institutional accreditation. In addition to national and international accreditation and QA-procedures he is responsible for strategy development and the capacity building of peers/experts. Since 2012 he is a member of ECA’s (European Consortium for Accreditation) Board which he chairs since 2016.


Before his engagement at ZEvA, Jürgen Petersen worked at several positions in higher education institutions (University of Göttingen, University of Zürich, Goethe-University Frankfurt/M.) and was involved in the development, implementation and teaching of study programs in the Social Sciences.


He has been a researcher in several projects, including “Polling and Political Representation in a Comparative Perspective” (Swiss National Science Foundation) and “The Political Class in Advanced Democracies” (VolkswagenStiftung) and took part in the strategic development of further individual and cooperative projects. His research interest now includes the area of higher education reforms as policy processes including their socio-political basis.



Aurelija Valeikienė



Aurelija Valeikienė is Deputy Director of the Center for Quality Assurance in Higher Education from 2004, also Head of the Lithuanian ENIC/NARIC.

Was member of various working groups drafting national legislation in credentials evaluation and quality assurance of higher education in Lithuania. In 2012-2015, was national delegate in the working group on structural reforms in the Bologna Process, encompassing topics of national qualification frameworks, quality assurance, recognition of qualifications, transparency. From 2015 to 2018 serves on BFUG Advisory Group to Support Belarus on the Roadmap to EHEA.

Served as Treasurer and Board Member, then the President of the Central and Eastern European Network of Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (CEENQA). Was Member of ENQA Board and also several working groups, including on staff development, quality assurance and recognition of qualifications, internal quality assurance for quality assurance agencies. Contributed towards developing of a revised model of quality agency reviews against ESG-2015.

Acts as independent consultant and expert for the Council of Europe, the World Bank, ENQA, European Training Foundation, other organisations. Has extensive project writing, administration and management experience; has served as expert in 13 international projects.

Aurelija Valeikienė holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy (Vilnius University, Lithuania) and Master of Science degree in Management (New York University, USA).