Ms. Thérèse ZHANG
Deputy Director, Higher Education Policy Unit European University Association (EUA)

Ms. Thérèse ZHANG is the Deputy Director for Higher Education Policy at the European University Association (EUA). She works on topics related to learning and teaching, European policy developments in higher education, and global relations with other regions of the world. She has been active in higher education policy/management and, more generally, project management in education and culture, for over fifteen years. When Ms Zhang first joined EUA in 2008, she focused on quality management and institutional development, with responsibilities in various projects and in EUA’s Institutional Evaluation Programme. As a Project Manager at the Belgian French-speaking quality assurance agency, she also coordinated evaluations and contributed to developing evaluation methodologies. Her earlier experience includes serving as a French teacher for several years. Ms Zhang is a graduate in Romance Philology and in European Studies, and was trained in Belgium, Italy, and the United States. In ARC7, Ms Zhang is the moderator in the Working Group Session Part 1 “Taking Action at Home: SDGs as Core Pillars of University Governance”.


Professor Romiță IUCU, Ph.D.
University of Bucharest, Romania

Professor Romiță IUCU is the President of the Board of Trustees at the University of Bucharest and a professor of higher education at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences. With an important experience in international cooperation in the field of education, professor Iucu is the Coordinator of UNICA EduLAB Group, the CoChair of the FOREU European Degree subgroup of European Universities, and a member of the European University Association (EUA) Learning & Teaching (L&T) Steering Committee. Professor Iucu held several universitymanagement positions (former Acting Rector of the University of Bucharest, and Vice-Rector for Academical Affairs for more than 16 years), with an important role on designing, managing, and validating higher education and adult education policies at different level. He is a former President of ENTEP (European Network on Teacher Education Policies) and was the national’s representative in the BFUG (Bologna Follow-up Group). Professor Iucu had worked for many years at the European Network of Country Experts in Education (ENCEE), and as a member of the Expert Group on Improving the Education of Teachers & Trainers. He also worked for the European Commission, Eurydice, World Bank, and UNICEF in several educational programmes. As a recognition of his professional activity, he was inducted as a member of The International Adult and Continuing Education (IACE) Hall of Fame (UO-OCCE). His main fields of scientific interest are educational policies in the higher education area, higher education pedagogy and teacher education policies

Professor Alis OANCEA, PhD.
University of Oxford

Prof. Alis Oancea is specialises in studies of research polic y and governance and in philosophy of research – including work on research assessment, impact and knowledge exchange, research funding, research quality, evaluation, open knowledge practices, research ethics, capacity, publication practices, and the cultural value of research in the arts and the humanities. This strand of work is complemented with a strong interest in teacher education research, innovation in teacher education policy and practice, knowledge and values in the teaching profession, and the role of research in teacher education. She has two PhDs, one in policy and governance for research (from the University of Oxford), and one in epistemology and research. Since 2019 she is Doctor Honoris Causa of the West University of Timisoara, Romania.

Professor Georgeta Ion, PhD.
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Georgeta Ion has degree in Psychology and Educational sciences, MD in management and evaluation in education by University of Bucharest and PhD in Educational Sciences by University of Barcelona. Her research topics are, among others: study of higher education institutions, relationship between educational research and educational policy and practices. She has been involved in innovative projects at higher education level and researched about competences- based assessment and research-based education. Has been involved in consultancy activity for the public administration in Romania and for several research and development projects at European level. Georgeta Ion is currently Assoc. Prof. at the Department of Applied Pedagogy of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, and a CREDED researcher.