Francisco Alarcón ( is the Director of Academic Affairs and Deputy General Secretary of the Central American University High Council (CSUCA), with headquarters in Guatemala City (Guatemala). He is responsible for coordinating different university programmes and projects, at Central American level, and for direct support and follow up to the regional systems and networks within the Central American University Confederation. He is author of different articles and other publications on Central American higher education. Francisco Alarcón received an Honorarium Doctoral degree in Education from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua. He holds a MSc. degree in Tropical Coastal Management (University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK) and a Licenciatura in Marine Biology from the National University of Costa Rica.

Francesco Avvisati ( works at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). He joined the OECD in 2010 to work on analysis, research and coordination of the Innovation Strategy for Education and Training Project, after completing a PhD at the Paris School of Economics. His doctoral research centred on the benefits of parental involvement programmes for school achievement and behaviour of middle school students. Prior to joining the OECD, Dr. Avvisati worked as a researcher and lecturer at the Paris School of Economics, at the French Ministry of Labour, and was a member of the “Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab — Europe”.

Pablo Beneitone ( is Director of Tuning Academy at the University of Deusto (Spain). During most of his professional and academic career since 1994 onwards, he has been responsible for managing international higher education projects at university and national level. At the University of Deusto he was Project Manager of Tuning Latin America and Tuning Africa, and was involved in other regional programmes, Russia, China, and Europe, supported by European Commission. He has published extensively on the ‘Tuning Methodology’ and given Tuning-related conference presentations in more than 25 countries. Mr. Beneitone holds a Bachelor degree in International Relations and a Master in International Cooperation from Universidad del Salvador (Argentine). His doctoral research focuses on the internationalisation of curriculum.

Roberto de Armas ( is Professor of Plant Physiology at the University of Havana (Cuba). He is Chairman of the Technical Evaluation Board for Graduation University Programmes and member of the Executive Secretariat of the National Accreditation Board in High Education. He has also been Head of Department of Plant Physiology and Vice Dean of the Faculty of Biology (University of Havana), and Head of Teaching Methodology Directorate at the Ministry of Higher Education (Cuba). His research interest and experience focus on quality in higher education, curriculum design, assessment and accreditation, and research methodology. Professor Roberto de Armas holds a PhD in Biology (Plant Physiology) from the University of Havana (Cuba). He is a member of International Society of Sugar Cane Technologists, Latin America Studies Association, and Cuban Society of Chemistry.

Luigi F. Donà dalle Rose ( is, since 2004, a member and expert of the Italian Team of Bologna Experts. He was professor at the University of Padova (Italy) from 1980-2011. His research activities cover mainly: band theory of metals, quantum electron gas, heat transients by ultra-short laser pulses, solid-liquid metal interface. Since 1995 he took interest in Physics education. He taught Statistical Mechanics; Solid State Physics, Many Body theory; Quantum Mechanics. From 1990 to 2011, Professor Donà dalle Rose was Delegate of the Rector for European Student Mobility at the University of Padova. He was co-founder and member of the Steering Committee of the Socrates TNP-Thematic Network Project for Physics and member of the Coimbra Group Executive Board 2007-2013. Professor Donà dalle Rose was also a member of the Management Committee of the Tuning Project and co-Chair of the Tuning Physics Subject Area Group (2000-2008) in Europe. He holds a “Laurea in Fisica” from the University of Padova (1964).

Julia González ( is Co-coordinator of Tuning Higher Education in the World, President of Education for an Interdependent World, Co-founder of the Tuning Journal and a member of its Editorial Board. She is also a high level expert and adviser at the national, European, and international level on higher education. She was Vice-Rector for International Relations at the University of Deusto (2003-2012) and has initiated and coordinated several international networks and educational and research projects such as the Thematic Network on Humanitarian Development Studies, the Erasmus Mundus Master in International Humanitarian Action, the European Doctorate on Migration, Identities and Diversity and two Marie Curie Training networks. She was one of the initiators of the European Master in Human Rights and Democratization and the Secretary General of the NOHA International Association of Universities. Dr. González holds a D. Phil from the University of Oxford (UK).

Karola Hahn ( is a GIZ AUC Senior Advisor to the Pan African University, African Union Commission, Human Resources, Science and Technology in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia). She is a senior manager and researcher in international higher education specialised on internationalisation, higher education development and reform. Dr Hahn is member of the EU-AU Steering Committee on the Harmonisation and Tuning of Higher Education in Africa and a member of the Advisory Board of the International Journal of African Higher Education. Her regional expertise in higher education management, development, reform and research covers Africa, Middle East, South East Asia and Western Europe. She has conducted research and feasibility studies on higher education development e.g. for DAAD, EU, AU, World Bank, ACA and NEPRU as well as for German State Ministries. Dr. Hahn holds a PhD in Political Science from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (Germany).

Guy Haug ( is a European expert on higher education policy in an international setting. He is currently advisor on institutional and international development to the Rector (and Rector’s team) of the Valencia University of Technology, Spain, where he is involved in various projects related to accreditation, communication, internationalisation, and mobility. Dr. Haug also is an advisor to governments, international organisations, QA agencies and higher education networks. From 1998 to 2001 he was the main architect of the “Bologna Process”. From 2001 to April 2006, he was Advisor to the European Commission (Directorate for Education) for the creation of an agenda for university modernisation as part of the EU’s Lisbon Strategy for the knowledge era. Until 1998, Dr. Haug was Director General at the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), New York/ Paris. He holds a PhD in Political Science (Tübingen, Germany) and a Doctorate Honoris Causa from HETAC (Ireland).

Jeroen Huisman ( is Professor at the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, Ghent University (Belgium). His current research interests cover the (impacts of the) change from government to governance in higher education, the dynamics of organisational change, inertia and diversity in higher education, institutional management and governance, and internationalisation and Europeanisation. Professor Huisman has been involved in a number of national and international research projects, commissioned by national governments, the European Commission and the Organisation for Economic and Cultural Development. He has also been involved in various consultancy projects across the world. He is Editor of Higher Education Policy and SRHE Higher Education Book Series. He also is Chair of the Executive Committee of the European Higher Education Society (EAIR). Professor Huisman holds a PhD in Public Administration (University of Twente, The Netherlands).

Gwenaël Jacotin ( works at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Directorate for Education and Skills. He joined the OECD in 2011 after completing a Masters’ degree in Economics at the Paris School of Economics (PSE), France. His Master’s research thesis looked at the effects of French zoning enrolment regulation on the success and drop out of students in their first year of university.

Yevgeniya Karavaeva ( is Deputy Vice-Rector of Lomonossov Moscow State University (Russia), Executive Director of the Association of the Classical Universities of Russia (ACUR). She has a PhD degree in Physics and Mathematics (Lomonosov Moscow State University). Her research focuses on the modernisation of Higher Professional Education, including the adaptation of the European methodological approaches to the Russian educational environment, and University Management and Quality Control. Between 2005 and 2012 she coordinated more than 10 research projects on innovation in education. From 2006 to 2007, Dr. Karavaeva was a member of the Task Force of the Russian Ministry of Science and Education that designed and developed a new model ‘Federal Educational Standard’. She participates in a number of international projects, including TUNING Project, in the field of higher education and has published more than 50 articles on the development of higher education and innovation in education in Russia and abroad.

Sérgio Kieling Franco ( is President of the National Commission of Evaluation in Higher Education in Brazil and Brazil’s representative to the Network of National Agencies of Accreditation of MERCOSUL. He is also Member of ALFA-INFOACES Project for the development of quality indicators of Latin American institutions and National Coordinator of the TUNING Latin America Project. He holds a PhD in Education from the University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) where he also is Head Professor.

Jane Knight ( is Professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto (Canada). She focuses her research on the international dimension of higher education at the institutional, national, regional and international levels. Her work in over 65 countries with universities, governments, and UN Agencies helps to bring a comparative, development and international perspective to her research, teaching and policy work. Prof Dr. Jane Knight is the author of numerous publications on internationalisation concepts and strategies, quality assurance, institutional management, trade, education hubs, and cross border education. She is the co-founder of the African Network for the Internationalization of Education and sits on the advisory boards of several international organizations, universities, and journals. In 2010 the University of Exeter awarded her an Honorary LLD; in 2011 she was the recipient of the Outstanding Researcher Award from the European Association for Institutional Research, and in 2013 she was awarded the Gilbert Medal from Universitas 21 for her contribution to higher education internationalization.

Yelena Kovtun ( is Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Philology at the Lomonossov Moscow State University (Russia) and Chair of Slavic and Central European Studies at the Russian State University for the Humanities. Her research activities focus on Slavic culture and literature, theory and history of science fiction, and methodological approaches to the modernization of Russian higher education. She has more than 20 years of experience in working with the Curriculum Development Association in classical university education as the Secretary and Deputy Chair of the Council on Curriculum Development in Philology. Since 2000 she participates in a number of international projects in the field of higher education, including adaptation of the European teaching methods in Russia. She is an expert of the Association of Classical Universities of Russia (ACUR) and participates in the TUNING RUSSIA project. Dr. Kovtun holds a PhD in Philology (Lomonossov Moscow State University, Russia).

Paul D. Ryan ( was a founder member of and is a member of the management board of the ‘Tuning Project’. He co-chaired the Earth Sciences Subject Area Group from 2000-2009 and was principal author of the validated Tuning Template for Earth Science Higher Education in Europe. He has given over 40 invited presentations on Tuning and the Bologna Process globally and has acted as adviser to many Government Agencies, Thematic Networks and Tuning Projects. He was appointed Founder Editor of the Tuning Journal for Higher Education in 2011. He worked at National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI Galway) from 1970 until 2009 where he became Professor of Geology and University Bologna Advisor. He is now Emeritus Professor and an active researcher in the Geosciences and in Higher Education with over 6500 citations. Paul has a Ph.D. in Geology (Keele University, UK).

Letícia Suñé ( is Deputy Rector of the University Centre Geraldo Di Biase (UGB), a member of the National Tuning Centre, and Educational Consultant and Advisor for IES, Brazil. For 25 years (1978-2003), Dr Suñé was Professor at Federal University of Bahia (UFBA), Brazil, where she taught Chemical Engineering-related subjects and was Head of Department of the Graduate College. She is a member of various expert and advisory committees, representations, and commissions of Brazil’s Ministry of Education and other national and Latin American bodies and institutions working on the design, implementation, evaluation, and accreditation of higher education programmes. She holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering (University of Campinas -UNICAMP, Brazil).

Damtew Teferra ( and is Professor of Higher Education, Director of Higher Education Training and Development at the University of Kwazulu-Natal (South Africa), and Founding Director of the International Network for Higher Education in Africa, Centre for International Higher Education, at Boston College (USA) which has just moved to South Africa (with special arrangement with Boston College). Prof. Teferra is the founding (former) Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Higher Education in Africa and the founding Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of African Higher Education. He is an author and lead editor of several books including the award-winning African Higher Education: An International Reference Handbook (2003) and the latest one Funding Higher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). He is also member of the Steering Committee of the Harmonization and Tuning of Higher Education in Africa Initiative. Prof. Teferra holds a PhD in Higher Education Administration from Boston College, USA.

Frans van Vught ( is currently a top-level expert and advisor to the European Commission and former President of the University of Twente (1997-2005), Netherlands. Professor Dr. Frans van Vught is also president of the European Centre for Strategic Management of Universities (Esmu), president of the Netherlands House for Education and Research (Nether), and member of the board of the European Institute of Technology Foundation (EITF). His many international functions also include memberships of the University Grants Committee of Hong Kong, of the board of the European University Association (EUA) (2005-2009), of the German ‘Akkreditierungsrat’ (2005-2009) and of the L.H. Martin Institute for Higher Education Leadership and Management in Australia. For most of his life, Professor van Vught has been a higher education researcher and has published widely in this field. Van Vught is a sought-after international speaker and has been a consultant to many international organisations, national governments, and higher education institutions.

Diana Veneros ( is presently serving as full-time official at the Ministry of Education, Chile, in the Division of Higher Education. She is currently in charge of the implementation and follow-up of Performance-based Agreements in the area of Academic Innovation. As a member of the Faculty staff at the Universidad Metropolitana de Ciencias de la Educación- UMCE (Chile) she accumulates a lifelong experience in the fields of Education, Initial Teacher Training and professionalization of teaching. At the UMCE as well as at other universities she has developed activities as lecturer and researcher and taken on responsibilities for university leadership and management. Diana Veneros has a PhD in Comparative History from Brandeis University (USA).

Stéphan Vincent-Lancrin ( is a Senior Analyst and Project Manager at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). He is responsible for two projects of the OECD Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI): “Innovation Strategy for education and training” and “The future of higher education”. His current interests cover: the nature and level of education and skills that are in demand in innovative societies; the innovation ecology in education (including higher education); the measurement of innovation in education. Before joining the OECD, he worked for 7 years as lecturer and researcher in Economics at the University of Paris-Nanterre and the London School of Economics. Dr. Vincent-Lancrin is a Marie Curie Fellow and a 2007 Fulbright New Century Scholar. He holds a PhD in Economics from University of Paris-Nanterre (France).

Robert Wagenaar ( is a historian and at present director of undergraduate and graduate studies at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. He is also Joint Director of the Tuning Academy, located in Bilbao (Spain) and Groningen; and a member of the Editorial Board of Tuning Journal for Higher Education (TJHE). He is an external expert on Higher Education for the European Commission and has been involved in main initiatives to harmonise European Higher Education, such as the development of a European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) since 1988 and the Qualifications Framework for the European Higher Education Area and a European Qualifications Framework for LLL. He also chairs the Dutch team of experts for the implementation of the ‘Bologna Process’ in Dutch Higher Education institutions. Together with Julia González (University of Deusto, Spain), Wagenaar elaborated, designed and coordinates the large scale innovative project Tuning Educational Structures in the World.

Maria Yarosh ( has collaborated in Tuning Russia project and is currently working for the Research Unit of the Tuning Academy at the University of Deusto (Bilbao, Spain). She is also a member of the University of Deusto team within the Erasmus Mundus Intercultural Competence project (EMIC). She holds a Specialist degree in Linguistics and Translation from the Institute of Foreign Languages (St. Petersburg, Russia); an MA degree in Lifelong Learning (Policy and Management) from the Institute of Education, University of London (UK). She recently earned a PhD in Education from the University of Deusto. Her research focuses on the development of translator intercultural competences.

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