Steering Committee


Dorothy Kelly


Vice Rector for Internationalization at the University of Granada since 2008. Former Chair of the Executive Board of the Coimbra Group 2010-2017. Executive Secretary of the Committee for Internationalization and Development Cooperation at the Spanish Rectors' Conference (CRUE). Full professor in Translation, specializing in Translator Education, Intercultural Studies and Directionality.

Ignacio Blanco


Director for International Strategy at the University of Granada. In 2001, he got a PhD in Computer Science. Senior Lecturer at the Department of Computer Science and AI. He has been serving as various management positions at UGR since 2010. Member of the eLearning Task Force and Education and Innovation Working Group of the Coimbra Group.

Irene Pedreira Romero


Director for International Projects and Agreements at the University of Granada (Spain). She has nineteen years’ experience in international education and has administered a vast number of mobility schemes and transnational education projects in the framework of EU and non-EU funded programmes.


Katrine Moland Hansen


Katrine Moland supports the strategic development of UiB through Arqus and the increased participation in Erasmus+.

She has extensive experience in Erasmus+, promoting synergies between research, innovation and education and quality enhancement of higher education.

Rosa Nogueira



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Petra Schaper-Rinkel


Vice-Rector for Digitalisation at the University of Graz since 2019, where she is also Professor of Science and Technology Studies. Before, she has been responsible for EU projects on science, technology and innovation policy and responsible for establishing Foresight and Technology Assessment at the Austrian Parliament at the AIT - Austrian Institute of Technology.

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Diana Afrashteh


Diana Afrashteh is Deputy Director of the Office of International Relations of the University of Graz (Austria). Her main responsibilities include managing cooperation with European partners and networks. As Erasmus Institutional Coordinator she has extensive experience with European academic mobility, transnational educational projects and EU funded programmes.

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Alexandra Dorfer


Alexandra Dorfer is Deputy Head of the Department of Academic Services and the Competence Center for University Teaching at the University of Graz (Austria). Her main areas of expertise are quality development in university teaching, educational policy, and empirical educational research.


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Thomas Hofsäss


Vice-Rector for Education and International Affairs. Professor Thomas Hofsäss is Vice-Rector for Education and International Affairs. His responsibilities include fundamental issues of teaching and learning as well as quality development and assurance in teaching and study. The Vice-Rector is also responsible for internationalisation as well as inclusion, diversity and equal opportunities in the academic domain.

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Svend Poller


Dr. Svend Poller is the Head of the International Centre at Leipzig University. He steers internationalisation in all aspects and concerning all target groups, i.e. international students and staff, alumni, exchanges, partnerships, projects, programmes, communication, and strategies.

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Tabea Mager


Tabea Mageradvises academic and administrative staff at Leipzig University inimplementing international degree programmes on Bachelor, Master and Doctorallevel. Her work entails project development, integration into institutionalstructures, optimising administrative procedures, preparing partnershipagreements, and exploring funding opportunities.


Hélène Courtois


Since 2016, Prof. Helene Courtois is Vice-President for International Relations of University of Lyon 1, a member of the larger Université de Lyon. She is an internationally acclaimed astrophysicist, member of several scientific advisory boards for institutions and ministries in France, Spain, Germany and USA. She received in 2018 the award for most influential French scientist of the year at the French ministry of foreign affairs.

Alain Trémeau


Since 2018, Alain Trémeau is Vice-Rector for International Relations at Jean Monnet University (UJM), a member of the larger Université de Lyon. Since 1999, he has been a full professor at the Physics department, has published more than 200 book chapters/books/ papers in journals/ papers in conferences and has supervised 15 PhD. Since 2008, he has been coordinating several Erasmus Mundus/international master’s programs (CIMET, COSI, 3DMT).

Guillaume Rousset


Guillaume Rousset, who holds a PhD in Law, is a Senior lecturer in Private Law, specializing in Health Law. Since 2017, Guillaume Rousset is Vice-President for International Affairs of University of Lyon 3, a member of the larger Université de Lyon. For several years, he has been involved in numerous European projects (Capacity building, International credit mobility). He is also the Secretary General of the French Health Law Association (AFDS).


Alessandro Paccagnella


Alessandro Paccagnella is the Vice Rector for International Relations.

AP is full professor of Electronics. His research activity is focused on the reliability of micro/nano-electronic devices and circuits, with specific attention on the radiation effects. In the years 2008-2014 he was Director of the Department of Information Engineering, sitting in the University Academic Senate in the years 2012 - 2014. Since October 2015 he is the Vice-Rector for International relations. AP is also Honorary Professor of the Institute of Microelectronics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing.

Dora Maria Cornelia Longoni


Director of the International Relations Office at the University of Padua.

Dora has been working in international relations for more than twenty years at the Politecnico di Milano.
She has great competence in all the areas of internationalization, with a strong focus on managing and developing strategic partnerships, EU projects, and
international recruitment and admissions. Since 2014, Dora is a member of the Conference Programme Committee of the EAIE, where she also served as a Board Member.

Alessandra Gallerano


Head of the Projects and Partnerships Unit within the International Relations area.

She is an expert on project management as well as internationalisation processes in higher education institutions.
Before joining the University of Padua, Alessandra served as a project manager for Sapienza University of Rome,
as well as for the Directorate General of Higher Education, Portugal, and the Council of Europe, France.


Arturas Vasiliauskas

Phone: +37 052398778

Vice-rector of Partnerships at Vilnius University.  He has obtained a PhD in Humanities at King's College London University and since 2001 teaches at the Faculty of History.  His administrative career he started as a director of the Open Society College, he also worked as a project coordinator of the Nordic Council of Ministers' Office in Lithuania and  as a director of the Vilnius Office of the British Council. He has a diverse international experience, accumulated by implementing large educational and cultural projects based on partnership of various Lithuanian and foreign organizations.

Valdas Jaskunas
Valdas Jaskunas

Phone: +37 052687012

Vice-rector of Studies at Vilnius University. He pursued his academic career in Asian and Area studies, since 2000s he has been taking various senior educational management positions at Vilnius University. He is a member in the Study Evaluation Committee at the Centre for Quality Assessment in HE in Lithuania, a member of the national BFUG.

Raimonda Markeviciene

Phone: +37 052687182

Head of International Programmes and Relations Office of Vilnius University, started her career as a university teacher later switching over to administration.  Experienced in international relations, international projects and internationalisation at home. Responsible for establishing policy and structures fostering mobility at the university as well as set up and the scheme of course in foreign languages with the aim to foster incoming student mobility.

Student Council

Petter S. Morland


Petter Steensnæs Morland is a student representative in the Arqus Student Council on behalf of the Student Parliament at the University of Bergen. Morland has a MA-degree in Nordic Languages and Literature as well as a BA in Religious Studies. He is a part of the Executive Committee at the Student Parliament and is responsible for all matters concerning student welfare, internationalization, and communication.

Sofia Giunta


Sofia Giunta is a Students’ representative inside the Arqus Students’ Council on behalf of the University of Padova. She is currently students’ representative inside the National Students’ Council of Italy and her main fields of interest are internationalization, academic freedom, gender inequalities and universal access to higher education. She is attending the Human Rights and Multi-level Governance Master in Padova in her second year.