Prof. Dr. jur. Jürgen Kohler is professor of private law and civil procedure at Greifswald University, Germany. He was rector of Greifswald University for six years and has participated in various European and national activities and projects related to higher education reform. These have included, inter alia: representative of the German education institutions in the Committee on Higher Education and Research (CD-ESR) of the Council of Europe and member of its Bureau; member of the steering committee of the Institutional Evaluation Programme (IEP) of the EUA; chair of the German Accreditation Council (Akkreditierungsrat); chair of the EUA project Quality Culture I – Implementing Bologna Reforms and of the EUA project European Masters’ New Evaluation Methodology; chair of the Council of Europe project on higher education governance.
Liviu Matei is Provost and Pro-Rector at the Central European University in Budapest, as well as a Professor at the School of Public Policy. He worked as a Director General for International Relations at the Romanian Ministry of Education, consulted for UNESCO, OSCE, and the Council of Europe, served as co-chair of the Working Group for Higher Education of the Stability Pact for South East Europe and also on the steering committee of the UNESCO-EU Project on Management of Higher Education in South-East Europe. He has been active in several research/policy projects of the European University Association and is a member of the Board of the International Higher Education Support Program, and member of the GRE European Advisory Council.
Dr Terhi Nokkala is a Senior Researcher at the Finnish Institute for Educational Research (FIER), University of Jyväskylä. Her research focuses on the interplay between higher education policy, technological developments, organisational parameters and networks, and individual experiences in various aspects of higher education, with specific interest in internationalisation, research collaboration and university autonomy. Prior to joining the FIER in June 2010, Terhi Nokkala worked as a Research Fellow at Centre for Research in Social Simulation at the University of Surrey with research related to research collaboration networks. Terhi received her PhD in Higher Education from the University of Tampere in 2007.
Lewis Purser is Director (Academic Affairs) at the Irish Universities Association, where he works with the Vice-Presidents Academic/Registrars' group, and also supports other groups including the admissions officers, access managers/directors, international officers, quality officers, heads of teaching and learning and heads of student services.
From 1998–2005 Lewis was Programme Manager at the European University Association. A graduate of Trinity College Dublin and of the Graduate Institute of Development Studies at the University of Geneva, he worked from 1989–1998 with various higher education institutions in Hungary, Romania and Bosnia-Herzegovina, and with several United Nations agencies in educational, health and social fields.
Peter Scott is Professor of Higher Education Studies at the UCL Institute of Education in London and Commissioner for Fair Access in Scotland. Previously he was Vice-Chancellor of Kingston University, also in London, and Professor at the University of Leeds. He was previously President of the Academic Cooperation Association in Brussels, and a member of the board of the Higher Education Funding Council for England. In an earlier career as a journalist he was editor of The Times Higher Education. His most recent book is "New Languages and Landscapes of Higher Education" (Oxford University Press, 2016).
Pedro Nuno Teixeira is Director of CIPES – Center for Higher Education Policy Studies and Associate Professor at the Faculdade de Economia – University of Porto. His research interests focus on the economics of higher education, notably on markets and privatisation, and in the history of economic thought. Recent publications include several articles in economics and higher education journals and his book “Jacob Mincer – A Founding Father of Modern Labour Economics” (Oxford UP, 2007). He has also co-edited three volumes on “Markets in Higher Education – Reality or Rhetoric?” (Kluwer, 2004), on “Cost-Sharing and Accessibility in Higher Education – A Fairer Deal?” (Springer, 2006), and on “Public Vices, Private Virtues – Assessing the Effects of Marketization in Higher Education” (Sense, 2011).