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Enhancing Connectivity and Comparability in ASEAN Higher Education – Ligia Deca

SHARE is delighted to announce that Ligia Deca, Education Researcher and State Advisor for Higher Education and Research in the Romanian Presidential Administration, has confirmed as one of our Keynote speakers from the EU. Ligia will be addressing the topic ‘Connecting Higher Education as a key towards enhanced cooperation: ASEAN’s journey and Europe’s experiences’.

This year 2015, five years after the establishment of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), Europe celebrates the 16th anniversary of the launch of the Bologna Process. This period witnessed many positive contributions to the way that European students have embraced an international dimension to their learning and thinking and has identified useful experiences in the planning and execution of the principles and building blocks of credit transfer and recognition. As part of our Keynote, Ligia will not only highlighting the opportunities this has created within Europe, but will expand on the challenges faced, including those that remain.

Ligia Deca is the State Advisor for Education and Research at the Presidential Administration in Romania. She is also a doctoral researcher in political science at the University of Luxembourg, focusing on internationalization of higher education. Previously, she was the Head of the Bologna Process Secretariat (2010-2012), which involved coordinating a team of professionals that supported the activities of the 2009-2012 Bologna Process’ work plan and prepared the 2012 Bucharest Ministerial Conference and Third Bologna Policy Forum. She was also the Chairperson of the European Students’ Union (ESU) in 2008-2010. In that time, she was the main policy and organizational coordinator of ESU, while being the official ESU representative in the Bologna Follow-Up Group, the European Union setting and UNESCO. In 2012-2013 she worked at the European Register for Quality Assurance for Higher Education (EQAR) and in 2014 she was a member of the European Commission’s “Science in Education” Expert Group.

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