European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education

Register Committee

Register Committee in Rome, November 2014 

The Register Committee comprises 11 members with experience in quality assurance and higher education who act as independent experts and in their individual capacity.

The Register Committee receives, evaluates and decides upon applications for inclusion on the Register.


Nominations and Terms of Office Each Founding Member (ENQA, ESU, EUA, EURASHE) nominates two members of the Register Committee and one member is nominated by each Social Partner (BUSINESSEUROPE, Education International).

Nominations and Terms of Office

The Register Committee  appoints an additional member as its Chair and elects a Vice-Chair from amongst its members.

The Register Committee is approved by the General Assembly for a mandate of two years. A member may be renominated up to three times. The RC convenes twice a year, usually for two-day meetings and in varying locations.

The Register Committee is also responsible for adopting Procedures for Applications in consultation with the General Assembly.

Observers Representatives of five Bologna signatory states, elected by the Bologna Follow-Up Group, attend the meetings of the Register Committee as Observers.


Presently these are:

  • Belgium (Flemish Speaking Community)
  • Croatia
  • France
  • Greece
  • Spain


The following members compose the third Register Committee, with a mandate until 30 June 2017:

Eric Froment (Chair) Eric Froment has been Chair of the EQAR Register Committee since August 2012. He is former President and Professor of economics at the University of Lyon, France. Eric Froment served as member of the Register Committee from 2008 to 2009.

Eric Froment (Chair)

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Founding President of the European University Association (EUA) from 2001 until 2005, he was previously Chief executive of the French National Conference of Presidents (CPE, 1998–2001) and Treasurer of the Conférence des Recteurs Européens (CRE, 1994–1998). At the Université de Lyon 2, he was elected Dean of the Faculty of Economics (1973–1977), Vice-president of the university (1978–1981), and finally President (1991–1996).

Eric Froment was both a Member of the European Commission Forum on University-based Research (2004-2005) and Member of the European Commission expert group on “Strengthening research institutions with a focus on university-based research” (2007).

From 2007-2011 he was advisor for international relations for the French national quality assurance agency AERES and from 2005-2007 Advisor for European and international relations at the French Ministry for HE.

Eric Froment received a Master’s degree in Economics and Political Science from the Université de Lyon, and a Doctorate in Economics from the Université de Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (1971).

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Lucien Bollaert (Vice-Chair) Lucien Bollaert has been Vice-Chair of the Register Committee since May 2008. He was member of the Executive Board of NVAO from October 2009 until December 2015.

Lucien Bollaert (Vice-Chair)

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At the moment he works as an independent international QA expert, among others as visiting Professor in New York, member of the policy and standards committee of the Irish QQI and member of the board of AEQES. He is active in 10 countries as QA advisor. He is the author of "A manual for Internal Quality Assurance in Higher Education" (Brussels, 2014) and is currently writing one on external QA. He is a keynote speaker on many international conferences.

The NVAO (in Dutch: Nederlands-Vlaamse Accreditatieorganisatie) is the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders. The organisation was established by international treaty and it ensures the quality of higher education in the Netherlands and Flanders.

Lucien Bollaert was also a member of the E4 group of the first European Standards and Guidelines (2005) and a founding member of the organising committee of EQAF, the European Quality Assurance Forum, which gathers all stakeholders on a yearly base.

Up to 2009, Lucien Bollaert was Education and Research Officer of University College West Flanders (Kortrijk, Belgium). There he coordinated the reform of study programmes, quality assurance, the institution's international policy and coached research programmes to decision. He also served as a member of the board of governors and the board of executives. He was the Chair of the Expert's Committee on Quality Assurance and a member the General Assembly and of several other committees of the Ghent University Association.

At Flemish level, Lucien Bollaert was involved in the Board of the Flemish Council of University Colleges (VLHORA) and several working groups on quality assurance and other topics. He contributed as an expert in drafting groups for legislation of the Flemish higher education system. He has been a Bologna Expert (formerly Bologna Promoter) for quality assurance, learning outcomes and qualifications frameworks since 2004.

At European level, Lucien Bollaert was the coordinator of EURASHE’s quality assurance and accreditation working group and was a founder-member of the Steering Committee of the European Quality Assurance Forum for six years.

In 2003 he was asked by the European Commission to become member of the first experts' group to develop the European Qualifications Framework (EQF).

Lucien holds degrees in Germanic philology (Ghent University) and Post-Graduates in sociology of creativity (Berkeley University), communicative English teaching (Bell College, UK) and QA in Higher Education (University of Leuven)."

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Andrea Blättler Andrea Blättler is a Master student in political theory at Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, Germany and has positions as student research assistant at Technische Universität Darmstadt and at the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt.

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She holds a Bachelor degree in Political Science and Philosophy from the University of Lucerne, Switzerland.

She was representative of Union of Students in Switzerland at four Board Meetings of the European Students' Union and has been an active student representative at local and national level.

In 2009/10 she was a member of the Executive Committee of the European Students Union (ESU) as well as representative of ESU within the Bologna Follow-up Group, its Board and the working group on the European Higher Education Area in a Global Context.

Andrea was a member of the EQAR Executive Board for two years (2010-2012) of which she served as President of the EB during the last year."

Freddy Coignoul Freddy Coignoul is Professor Emeritus and Honorary Vice-rector of the University of Liège in Belgium.

Freddy Coignoul

He is former Vice-Rector in charge of quality assessment and was a full professor at the faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Liège as well as Chairman of the Belgian (French) Agency for Evaluation of Quality Assessment in Higher Education (AEQES) from 2008 to 2010.

He studied Veterinary Medicine at the University of Liège, obtained a Master of Sciences degree (MS) in Veterinary Pathology at the Iowa State University followed by a PhD in Veterinary Pathology at the Iowa State University.

Freddy Coignoul was Chairman or member of evaluation committees supervised by EUA (Cluj Napoca), AERES (Université du Mans), AEEVE (veterinary schools of Bologna, Stara Zagora, Stochholm, Torino), University of Lausanne.

Josep Grifoll Josep Grifoll is an economist and Technical Director of the Quality Assessment Department of the Catalan University Quality Assurance Agency since 2006.

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He has been elected member of the ENQA Board from 2008 to 2014. He was, in 2010 and 2011, a member of the organising committee of EQAF, the European Quality Assurance Forum.

Since the year 2000 Josep has been involved in numerous European funded projects to develop quality assurance in Europe and in other neighbouring countries.

He is currently involved in two relevant projects for capacity building on quality assurance for higher education in the ASEAN countries. He is also chairing the working group 1 at the European Consortium for Accreditation that is addressed to facilitate the implementation of the European Approach for Quality Assurance of Joint Programmes.

Dáire Keogh Dáire Keogh is Deputy President of Dublin City University and was previously president of St Patrick's College, Drumcondra.

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A Council member of Ireland’s National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA), he is a former Vice President of the Irish Federation of University Teachers.

Dáire Keogh holds several honorary positions in the Irish higher education sector, amongst others as Monitor and Examiner of the National Distance Learning Centre (Dublin), as Academic Director of the Irish Studies Summer School at Trinity College (Dublin), in the Catholic Record Society and as International Treasurer of the American Conference for Irish Studies. Since 2006 he has also been a member of the Governing Authority of the Milltown Institute at the National University of Ireland. Dáire Keogh is also an external examiner at several Irish colleges.

In 2004 Dáire Keogh was awarded the St Patrick’s College’s President’s Award for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching and Learning. From 2007 to 2008 he was Senior Research Fellow of the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

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Dorte Kristoffersen  Dorte Kristoffersen is the Executive Director of the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ).

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Prior to this appointment she was deputy executive director of HKCAAVQ from October 2007 until December 2009 and from October 2014 to 2015.

Dorte Kristoffersen has a strong background in evaluation and quality assurance of higher education having worked in this field in various parts of the world since 1992.

From September 2011 to September 2014 Dorte Kristoffersen was a Commissioner with the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) in Australia. Prior to this appointment she held the position as Vice President for Policy and Research of the Accreditation Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) under the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Dorte Kristoffersen was an Audit Director with the Australian Universities Quality Agency (AUQA). from October 2004 to October 2007. She was Deputy Director and Director of Development of the Danish Evaluation Institute, an institute responsible for quality assurance of all levels of education, from 1999 to 2004.

Dorte Kristoffersen was a member of the Board of the Asia Pacific Quality Network (APQN) from 2005 to 2010 and served a Secretary/Treasurer from February 2007. She has been a member of the INQAAHE Board of Directors and she has been a member of numerous European evaluation agency boards and of international evaluation and review panels. She most recently chaired the panel undertaking a review of the Malaysian Qualifications Agency.

Dorte Kristoffersen is trained as an assessor in the Business Excellence Model (EFQM) and has experience as a lead assessor in the assessment of Danish public sector institutions.

Anita Līce Anita Līce has been an Adviser on Education and Employment Affairs at the Employers’ Confederation of Latvia (LDDK) since 2010.

Anita Līce

She is responsible for representing interests of employers on the national level on education and employment through development of opinion and representing it towards government and partner organisations. She is also responsible for coordinating employer involvement in accreditation of higher education in Latvia. Anita Līce is a member of the Advisory Committees on Vocational Education and Training and on Free Movement of Workers of the European Commission.

Before her work at LDDK, Anita was vice-chairperson of the European Students’ Union (ESU). She was a member of the Committee on Commodification of Education at ESU (2005-2008) and worked for short periods as Senior Officer for the Ministry of Education and Science in Latvia (2007-2008 and 2009-2010).

Anita Līce holds degrees in Mathematics and Education Science from the University of Latvia.

Mindaugas Misiunas Mindaugas Misiunas has been director of Kauno kolegija (University of Applied Sciences in Lithuania), a state-owned institution providing higher education in the areas of technologies, social sciences, biomedicine, humanities and arts, since 2000.

Mindaugas Misiunas

Mindaugas Misiūnas holds master degrees in Mechanical engineering (Kaunas University of Technology) and in Educational science (Kaunas Vytautas Magnus University). He also received a PhD in Social sciences (Educational science) from Vytautas Magnus University by defending his doctoral dissertation “Modelling of the Quality Management System at an Institution of Non-university Higher Education”.

In 1975 he started his career as lecturer at the Kaunas Higher School of Technology. During the period between 1975 and 2000 he held positions as lecturer, Deputy Director and Director of the Kaunas Higher School of Technology.

Mindaugas Misiūnas has experience as an expert in the external evaluation of higher education institutions and study programs. At Lithuanian level he was involved in several work groups on quality assurance and other topics. He contributed as an expert in a work group for creating provisions of quality assurance in higher education and for creating methodological recommendations for the creation and implementation of a unified internal quality assurance system. He was a member of a work group that prepared a study paper on Internal Quality Assurance Systems at Lithuanian Vocational Training Institutions - the Experience of EU Member States. Mindaugas Misiūnas is also an expert at the Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education in external quality assessment of higher education institutions.

At European level he is an expert of ENQA VET - the European Network for Quality Assurance in Vocational Education and Training. Mindaugas Misiūnas participated in numerous European seminars and conferences on quality assurance. He is the author and a lector of seminars on quality management in Lithuania. Mindaugas Misiūnas is a member of the editorial board of the journal The Quality of Higher Education.  He is a member of EURASHE (European Association of Institutions in Higher Education) and of different work groups at the Ministry of Education and Science of Lithuania.

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Olav Øye Olav Øye works as an adviser at the Bellona Foundation, a non-profit organisation that aims to meet challenges related to climate change and the environment

Olav Øye

Before that Olav worked as an adviser for The Brussels Office, an EU affairs consultancy.

He first began working with education quality issues as a student representative at Volda University College, Norway. While studying journalism, he represented students on the College board and in the committee for education quality.

Olav later became president of the now-defunct Norwegian Association of Students (StL). As an executive committee member of the European Students' Union, he coordinated peer reviews of national student unions.

He has done evaluations of universities in Romania and Colombia. Olav has also co-authored review reports on quality assurance agencies in Spain, Norway and Armenia.
Olav graduated from the Université libre de Bruxelles in 2013. His master’s thesis was titled “E pluribus English: the European Union and its illusion of a mulitilingual parliamentary democracy”.

Júlio Pedrosa de Jesus As former Rector of the University of Aveiro, former President of the Portuguese Council of Rectors (CRUP) and former Minister of Education of Portugal, Júlio Pedrosa was actively involved in Higher Education.

Júlio Pedrosa de Jesus

As president of CRUP, he represented the Portuguese Universities in the joint meetings with EU Director Generals of Higher Education in the period where the Sorbonne and Bologna Declarations were signed, having had an active participation in the Bologna Forum “Academic Day”.

Professor Júlio Pedrosa de Jesus was born in Cadima (Portugal) and got his first lincenciatura in Physics and Chemistry from the University of Coimbra in 1967. He obtained his PhD in Chemistry at University College in Cardiff, UK.

Vice-rector of the University of Aveiro in the period 1987-1992 he was elected Rector in 1994. He interrupted this activity in 2001 to be Minister of Education of Portugal until 2002, being elected by Parliament as President of the National Council of Education, in 2005 for a mandate finished in June 2009.

As Rector of the University of Aveiro and as President of the Portuguese Council of Rectors (CRUP), he was actively involved in, among others, the creation of the European University Association (EUA).

Under the EUA program he was involved with institutional evaluation in Ireland, Spain and Turkey as well as in the evaluation of the System of Higher Education in Turkey.

Having retired as Full Professor of the University of Aveiro in June 2009, he continues as Senior Researcher of the Centre for Research in Ceramics and composite Materials and Associate with the Research Centre in Governance, Competitiveness and Public Policies of the same University.

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