Karl Dittrich has been ad interim Executive Chairman of the Open University (Netherlands) since June 2020.
The Register Committee receives, evaluates and decides upon applications for inclusion on the Register or renewal of registration, substantive change reports and third-party complaints. The Committee is also responsible for adopting Procedures for Applications in consultation with the General Assembly.
The Register Committee comprises 11 members with experience in quality assurance and higher education who act as independent experts and in their individual capacity.
Each Founding Member (ENQA, ESU, EUA, EURASHE) nominates two members of the Register Committee and one member is nominated by each Social Partner Member (BUSINESSEUROPE, Education International).
The Register Committee is approved by the General Assembly for a mandate of two years, and a member may be renominated up to three times.
The Register Committee is chaired by the President; it elects a Vice-Chair from amongst its members. The Committee normally convenes twice a year.
The following members compose the fifth Register Committee, with a mandate until 30 June 2021:
Karl Dittrich (Chair)
Karl Dittrich is former Chair of the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU), a position from which he retired in 2017.
He started his career as a political science researcher and lecturer in Leiden, Florence and Maastricht. He chaired the Executive Board of the University of Maastricht from the 1990s until the early 2000s.
Karl Dittrich was the inaugural chairman of the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation (NVAO) from 2005 to 2012. In that capacity, he also held functions on the ENQA Board and in the European Consortium for Accreditation (ECA). As VSNU Chairman, Dittrich has also sat on the Council of EUA.
Beate Treml (Vice-Chair)
Beate Treml has been working at the OeAD, Austria's Agency for Education and Internationalisation, Bologna Service Office since May 2019,
supporting Austrian HEIs in implementing the Bologna Process.
In addition, she has been active as an independent consultant on higher education policy and trainer in students’ organisations’ capacity building in Austria and internationally since 2014.
Beate was involved in student representation on the local, national and European level, mainly working on issues of quality assurance and enhancement. She served as the International Officer of the Austrian Students Union (ÖH) in 2014/15 and as a member of the Steering Committee of the European Students’ Union’s (ESU) Students Experts’ Pool on Quality Assurance in 2015 and 2016.
From 2011 to 2016 she was a member of the General Meeting and the Governing Committee of AQ Austria.
Beate has contributed to research on QA from a student perspective that was presented in conferences such as the European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF) and the EAIR Forum.
She is a Master student in Interdisciplinary Gender Studies at the University of Graz, Austria, from which she received her BA in Economics in 2010.
Eltjo Bazen has been working in quality assurance of higher education since 2011, active in both internal and external quality assurance and at both programme and institutional level.
He currently is a Senior Quality Assurance Adviser at the Utrecht University of Applied Sciences (HU UAS).
Eltjo is active in several Dutch and European networks concerning quality and quality assurance in professional higher education, both on execution and on system development. He is trained and active in several auditing roles, for instance as a chair of internal auditing panels at HU UAS and as assessor in INK/EFQM.
Though he loves innovative ideas and experimenting, his firm belief is that the best way to improve is openness and the willingness to learn from each other, whether it be on the level of programmes or on institutional level.
Eltjo has degrees in Philosophy, Business Management and Professional Sailing. His activities in quality assurance are a perfect combination of his love for education and the fields of philosophy and business management. Sailing has been diverted to his free time.
Maria Arminda Bragança de Miranda
Maria Arminda Bragança was member of the National Council of Education from 1992-1997 and from 2009-2013 and has integrated different Working Groups and Committees:
Higher Education, Research and Scientific Culture, Public Policies and Development of Educational System.
Maria Arminda Bragança de Miranda has a Master’s degree in American Studies by the Open University of Lisbon, with a post graduate degree from the National Endowment for the Humanities by the Connecticut College, New London, USA and graduated in British-American Studies by Faculdade de Letras, University of Lisbon. She was an upper secondary school teacher and held positions as Department Coordinator, Teacher Trainer of Continuous and Specialist education.
Maria was a member of the Executive Board of the FNE (National Federation of Education) where she had positions as Department Coordinator (Communication and Press Department, International Department) and member active of the Social Dialogue Department.
She was also National Coordinator of several European Projects, a member of the ETUCE Committee, integrated the Working Group of the European Sectoral Social Dialogue in Education (ESSDE) and was not only President of the APPI (Portuguese Association of Teachers of English) but also General-Secretary of the FNAPLV (National Federation of Portuguese Language Associations) and a member of the board of the FIPLV (International Federation of Modern Language Associations).
Maria Arminda Bragança de Miranda participated in the debate and launching sessions of the Bologna Process in Portugal and in the evaluation sessions presented by A3ES-Agency for Higher Education Evaluation and Accreditation. Furthermore she published co-authored books, book chapters, course books and journal articles.
Patricia Georgieva is Vice-Rector at the University of Agribusiness and Rural Development in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, where she has been in charge of Quality Assurance and Accreditation since 2014.
Patricia Georgieva obtained a Master degree in Education at the Faculty of Philosophy in St. Kliment Ohridski university in Sofia, followed by a PhD degree at the same university. She was a Head of Higher Education Research Department at the National Institute of Education and specialised in the field of quality assurance at the Institute of Education in London University (1996-1997).
Patricia Georgieva was a member of the International Accreditation Council of AKKORK (2015-2019), Secretary General of the National Evaluation and Accreditation Agency of Bulgaria (2002-2008) and co-opted Board member of ENQA (2004-2005; 2008). She served as a Review Panel secretary and Review-Panel member in ENQA coordinated quality reviews of agencies (EUA, 2009; AKKORK- Russian Federation, 2011 and 2014; NOKUT- Norway, 2013; HCERES- France, 2016).
Jacques Lanarès was Vice Rector of the University of Lausanne between 2006 and 2016, mostly in charge of Quality, Human Resources, Development of Teaching and eLearning.
In that capacity he was responsible for the development of the internal quality system of his university and preparation of three external audits.
He is involved in quality matters at national and international level. He chaired the Quality Delegation of the Swiss rectors conference and chaired the group preparing standards for accreditation of HEI’s in Switzerland. He is member of the Swiss Accreditation Council and Quality expert for several organisations such as the European Association of Universities (EUA/IEP), ENQA (involved in the evaluation of 5 quality agencies as member or chair), the World Bank and various national accreditation agencies (Belgium, Finland, France, Georgia, Ireland, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Nederland, Share project in Asia).
Jacques has evaluated HEI’s in 22 countries. He is member of the IEP/EUA steering committee and of the programme committee of the European Quality Assurance Forum. His academic background is Neuropsychology and he is Professor at the University of Lausanne (Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and Life Long Learning).
Anita Līce is a Manager of the Education and Employment Field at the Employers’ Confederation of Latvia (LDDK) where she has been working since 2010,
representing interests of employers of Latvia on the national and international level.
Anita Līce has worked also as an Adviser to the Minister of Education and Science (2014-2016), Adviser on Education and Employment at the Employers’ Confederation of Latvia (2010-2016), Vice-chairperson of the European Students’ Union (ESU) (2008-2009), where she has been in elected positions since 2006, a Senior Officer at the Ministry of Education and Science (2006-2007).
She holds degrees in Mathematics and Education Science from the University of Latvia, and has obtained a PhD degree in education management (Dr. sc. admin.) from the same university.
In the area of quality assurance of higher education, Anita Līce has experience as an expert panel member in Latvia, Ireland, Portugal and Turkey. She has also contributed with a research to the European Quality Assurance Forum and the Journal of the European Higher Education Area. In 2019, she was elected as a chair of the Higher Education Quality Assurance Board of the Higher Education Quality Agency in Latvia. She has been a member of the Register Committee of the European Quality Assurance Register since 2014.
Riitta Pyykkö is Vice Rector of the University of Turku, Finland. In this capacity, she is responsible for academic affairs, as well as quality management.
She has had a long career teaching at the university level and conducting research as a professor of Russian Studies.
She has also been active in the development of higher education as, e.g. a national coordinator for the Finnish Bologna implementation in 2002-2005 and a member of the Finnish Bologna Promoters’/Experts’ Team in 2006-2013 and several other national working groups and projects. In 2015-2016 she was chairing a Nordic working group for quality in higher education, appointed by the Nordic Council of Ministers.
From 2004 she was a member, and from 2008 until 2014, the Chair of the Finnish national quality assurance agency FINHEEC. She has participated in several European evaluations and reviews as a member or chairperson of the evaluation panel.
Izabela Suika has been working for the Polish Accreditation Committee since 2002, where she is a Deputy Director responsible for international relations.
She is also a certified Quality Manager and Auditor as well as expert and trainer for IQAs. For years she actively contributed in discussions on quality assurance in Poland and abroad, presenting at conferences, meetings and workshops. Besides she was the author of expertise for the Ministry of Science and Higher Education and several QA-related publications.
As member of HE Ministry’s Advisory Team for Internationalisation, she dealt with numerous European initiatives/projects connected with quality assurance in higher education. Currently she’s acting as Boards’ member of European and Regional QualityAssurance Networks (ECA, CEENQA) with as special focus: ESG, Internationalization, Efficiency of QA, Professionalization of IQA/EQA.
Aleksandar Šušnjar is a PhD student in Philosophy and an expert associate at the Centre for Quality Assurance and Enhancement of the University of Rijeka (Croatia),
where he also received his masters’ degree in Philosophy and English language and literature (teaching track).
During his studies, Aleksandar was active in numerous student organisations and representation bodies at different levels, including serving as a president of the Croatian Students’ Council, an Executive Committee member of the European Students’ Union (ESU) and a Steering Committee member of the Quality Assurance Student Experts Pool.
Aleksandar is also a certified expert in external evaluation of quality assurance systems of the Croatian Agency for Science and Higher Education and was, until 2021, a member of ENQA’s pool of student experts for external review of quality assurance agencies. As a reviewer, he participated in reviews in Croatia, international institutional and agency reviews and thematic international evaluations on the topic of student-centred learning.
Aleksandar is currently an Institutional Coordinator of the University of Rijeka for involvement in one of the European Universities initiatives – Young Universities for the Future of Europe (YUFE).
Steffen Westergard Andersen
Steffen Westergard Andersen is Director of Operations in the Danish Accreditation Institution.
He previously worked as Senior Consultant in Ramboll Management Consulting, where he was project director of large international contracts with the EU, the World Bank and the ADB with a focus on capacity building in the public sector. Later he also worked with national and European evaluations, and with analysis of impact of EU policy. Steffen Westergard Andersen also spent 4 years in Brussels with responsibility for Intra-Community Affairs in the Red Cross EU Office.
He holds a Master’s degree in Public Governance from the Copenhagen Business School and a BA in Management and Organization. Originally, he was formed as a Master of Political Science at the University of Aarhus.
Steffen Westergard Andersen is a CAIP commission member in the Catalan accreditation institution AQU Catalunya, situated in Barcelona. He is also active in quality assurance discussions at a European level, and he is currently involved in the EU/ASEAN SHARE project, where he is taking part in peer reviews of quality assurance institutions in Malaysia and Indonesia
Observers are elected by the General Assembly for a two-year mandate.
The five governmental observers attend the meetings of the Register Committee and closely follow the work of the Committee. While the observers do not take part in the Register Committee’s deliberations, they may ask questions on the Committee’s proceedings and will be invited to offer their feedback during general discussions.
Presently these are:
- Cyprus, represented by Yiannis Kasoulides
- Germany, represented by Michael Lehmann
- Romania, represented by Antonela Toma
- Slovenia, represented by Duša Marjetič