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EAALS Board Members CVs Print

Dr Vincent Dollé, Former Director of the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Montpellier (MAIM), France

MAIM is an institute of theInternational Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM) in France. CIHEAM is an inter-governmental body which provides high level education for rural development to executives from public and private sectors of the Mediterranean region.

Vincent Dollé was former Head of Quality for the International Cooperation Centre (CIRAD) and for the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research, he was involved in the implementation of quality process of major research and higher education public bodies.

At the head of the MAIM, Vincent Dollé has set up a system of quality management for educational processes in master degree. The MAIM obtained the ISO 9001 certification for its trainings last November 2008.

Vincent Dollé is chairman of the association for the promotion of quality in research and higher education (QuaRES) which received the France Qualité Publique label (FQP) in May 2009.

He participated actively in the development of EAALS by participating with the working teams in the EU funded QUALITY project.  He was a member of the Peer Review Teams for the evaluation of the Erasmus Mundus Masters in European Forestry and International Master in Rural Development.

Wim Heijman, Professor of Regional Economics, Wageningen University, The Netherlands

In the nineties Wim Heijman was an MSc Director at Wageningen University and until two years ago he was the chairman of a programme committee overseeing several BSc and MSc studies in the field of Social Sciences at the same university. In that position he has taken part in the Dutch accreditation procedure for business and management programmes at Dutch universities. As an international commission member he was involved in the evaluation of the Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague.

He was a member of the Coordinating Committee of the ICA Quality Project and contributed to the feasibility study and business plan of EAALS. As a former chairman of AGRIMBA, the ICA standing committee on agribusiness, he has been frequently involved in the accreditation of MBA programmes at a number of European universities.

Because the majority of European life science universities are internationally oriented, he is convinced of the usefulness of EAALS as the international accreditation organization for international study programmes and academic educational institutions in the field of life sciences.

He participated actively in the development of EAALS as a member of the Coordinating Committee of the EU funded QUALITY project.

Professor Elena Horská, Vice-Rector, Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra, Slovakia Republic

Since 2010, Elena Horská has been working as a vice-rector for International and Public Relations at the Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra. Before this period, during 2003 – 2010 I had been working as a vice-dean for international and public relations at the Faculty of Economics and Management. Due to this positions she has had a chance to observe the activities and aims of ICA/CASEE. Also, in both positions I have implemented and coordinated several international scientific (2)  and education projects (25) as a part of LLP, IVF, CEINET and ASO grant schemes. Within years 2008 – 2011 she had been actively involved in preparing the framework for international Master study program Business Economics V4, coordinated by Prof. Peter Bielik. In 2011 she became a coordinator of International Master Study program Agrarian Marketing and Trade (bi-lingual study program in English and Russian), organized in cooperation with the Russian Timiryazev State Agrarian University in Moscow. Personally, as a Erasmus university coordinator, she has been involved in the process of quality improvement in terms of Bologna principles used in the education process as the university is the only one ECTS label holder in the Slovak Republic. Among some more than 30 universities in Slovakia the Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra was awarded with the National Erasmus Quality label (only 3 universities were awarded in the occasion of Erasmus anniversary celebration).

Emeritus Professor Paavo Pelkonen, Faculty of Forestry, University of Eastern Finland, Finland

Professor Pelkonen was the Rector of the University of Joensuu from 1990 till 1998. During these years the University started active cooperation with many universities in the EU and developed transatlantic student exchanges.

Professor Pelkonen is a member of the Board of the Academy of Finland and Chairman of the Council of Biosciences and Environmental Research of the Academy of Finland.  He is a member of the Standing Committee for Life Earth and Environmental Sciences of the European Science Foundation.  He was also the chairman of the Board of the Finnish Forest Research Institute (2009-12).

He was the former President (1997-2007) of the SILVA network and a member of the ICA Executive Committee prior to the establishment of the ICA Board.  He has been active in developing international academic education and started coordinating the first consortium based international programme in European forestry in 2002.  The MSc European Forestry was one of the 14 first Erasmus Mundus courses which were selected in 2004.  He is also coordinating the Finnish Russian MSc programme in Forestry and Environmental Engineering.

He is now involved as Vice-president of the global forestry education network (IPFE).  The International Partnership on Forest Education (IPFE) was formally launched at an international meeting on forest education held at the FAO, Rome in April 2006.  The mission of IPFE is to help institutions concerned with forestry education meet societies’ needs, through facilitating forestry educators’ and students’ engagement with relevant knowledge and understanding among each other and with society.

He participated actively in the development of EAALS as a member of the Coordinating Committee of the EU funded QUALITY project.

Ms Carme Sala Martzinez. Director of the Office for Quality, University of Lleida, Spain
Academic background: Political Sciences and Sociology degree, Philosophy degree, Master in Public Management and Master in Quality Management.

Carme Sala Martzinézhave been working in quality evaluation since 1996 from the very beginning of these issues in Spanish universities. Since then she has been in charge of the quality assurance and enhancement teaching programmes in the Autonoma University of Barcelona (1996-2005) and the University of Lleida (2005 to date). In the university she contributed to the design and monitoring of quality assurance programmes and the information systems supporting them.

She has participated in more than 30 external evaluation committees within Spanish regional and state government agencies evaluating PhD programs, Bachelor’s degrees, colleges and departments. The agencies she has been collaborating with are:

·         ANECA: The Spanish National Agency for Evaluation and Accreditation
·         AQU Catalunya: The Catalan University Quality Assurance Agency
·         AGAE: The Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education and Research of Andalusia
·         ACSUCyL: The Quality Assurance Agency for the University System in Castilla y León

She has been working with different methodologies such as EFQM for services, accreditation, institutional evaluation of universities, colleges and departments, PhD Quality Label and the follow-up programme for EHEA degrees.