The Secretariat supports all other bodies in their work, ensures the information exchange between the different bodies, serves as contact point for third parties and represents and promotes EQAR both within the EHEA (European Higher Education Area) as on international level.

Colin Tück - Director

  • Management of the Register: general oversight
  • DEQAR: communication with key stakeholders, infrastructure and technical matters
  • External representation
  • Statutory meetings
  • Financial and HR management

Colin Tück has been working for EQAR since October 2007, initially as Project Manager on behalf of its founding members (ENQA, ESU, EUA and EURASHE). 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. He was a member of the Executive Board of the National Union of Students in Germany (fzs) before his involvement in ESU.

Phone: +32 2 234 39 11
Mobile: +32 485 28 23 55

Annelies Traas - Communications Officer

  • Communication planning and content
  • Organisation and planning of all EQAR events
  • Contact for general and media inquiries
  • DEQAR: Communication and dissemination, organisation and planning of events
  • Finances

Annelies Traas joined the EQAR Secretariat in 2009. She has a Master Degree in European Studies (Amsterdam) and complemented her degree by a post-graduate degree in European Law (Bilbao, Spain). Previously, Annelies has held various positions (operations manager, legal advisor, director of the board of an international pre-school in New-York) in different fields of expertise (non-profit organisations, business incubation, financial services, international school).

Phone: +32 2 234 39 12
Mobile: +32 474 9009 74

Melinda Szabó - Senior Policy Analyst

  • Management of the Register: coordination and primary contact for applications, Substantive Change Reports, annual updates
  • Knowledge base of national QA systems
  • Support of EHEA monitoring and peer support activities
  • Monitoring of European and national policy developments, analyses, statistics
  • Content and programme of EQAR events
  • DEQAR: Pilot studies

Melinda Szabó joined the Secretariat in March 2013. Melinda has done her master studies in Educational Management in Romania and complemented her degree with studies in political science at the Universite Libré de Bruxelles. She has previously worked in the Bologna Follow-Up Group Secretariat in providing support for the activities of the Working Groups and Networks (mainly the Social Dimension Working Group and Network of Experts on Student Support in Europe).

Phone: +32 2 234 39 15

Kathryn Máthé - Database Analyst


  • Public and administrative user interfaces (UI)
  • Questions from agencies and other users
  • Maintenance of HEI data
  • Data model, workflows and documentation
  • Project management and overall reporting
  • Liaise with external developer(s)

Kathryn Máthé joined the Secretariat in April 2018. Kathryn completed her masters studies in Library and Information Science at the University of California at Los Angeles with an emphasis on research tools for humanities scholars. She previously worked at the Open Society Archives of the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary designing online resources for digital collections.

Phone: +32 2 234 39 14

Jelena Šantić Stefanoska - Policy and Project Officer

  • Support the general operation of the EQAR secretariat
  • Support the work of the EQAR statutory bodies
  • Analyse applications and reports by (registered and applicant) agencies
  • Review and update information and guidance for applicant agencies
  • Contribute to managing DEQAR

Jelena Šantić Stefanoska joined the Secretariat in March 2019. Before joining EQAR, Jelena worked at the Agency for Development of Higher Education and Quality Assurance of Bosnia and Herzegovina and was a member of B&H HERE Team (2014-2017). She was involved in various activities fostering international dimension of higher education in Bosnia and Herzegovina (organisation of trainings for experts, site visits and numerous workshops with HEIs and ministries of education). Previously, she worked as a project coordinator and assistant in different areas (Civil Society Organisations and PR agencies). Jelena studied Sociology at the Faculty of Political Sciences in the University of Sarajevo.

Phone: +32 2 234 39 13